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Long service and achievements celebrated at annual awards ceremony

26 February 2019

Awards groupThe long service and achievements of South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) staff and volunteers were celebrated at the first of the Trust’s annual awards ceremonies.

The ceremony, the first of three to be held across the Trust’s region, was held on Thursday 21 February at The Orangery, Turkey Mill, Maidstone, Kent.

A combined total of some 850 years’ service was recognised, while Chief Executive Commendations were awarded across a range of categories including Exceeding Expectations and Clinical Excellence/Quality Improvement.

Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, Bill Cockcroft, attended as the Queen’s representative to present Queen’s Long Service and Good Conduct medals, while staff were also recognised for 20 and 30 years’ NHS service. Volunteer community first responders were thanked and recognised for dedicating 10 years’ service.

Among those awarded Chief Executive Commendations were Emergency Medical Advisors Hayley Marsh and Sydney Hughes who, while en route to work at the Trust’s Coxheath Emergency Operations Centre, stopped to help a lorry driver who was badly injured in a road traffic collision.

Elsewhere the efforts and quick thinking of a number of Ashford-based staff were acknowledged after they helped in the response to a vehicle fire which broke out at the Trust’s Ashford Make Ready Centre.

Joint Response UnitAnd the partnership work of the Trust’s Medway staff and Kent Police was recognised for the development and running of the Trust’s first Joint Response Unit. The unit, which has proved extremely successful, currently responds across the Medway area on Friday and Saturday nights.

SECAmb Chief Executive Daren Mochrie said: “I was delighted to celebrate the achievements and long service of our staff and volunteers at what was, as ever, a very humbling event. Our awards highlight the dedication of our staff and volunteers and showcase just a small number of examples of the amazing work which goes on across our region every day. I am very proud of the commitment and professionalism shown by everyone.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the family, friends and loved ones of staff who provide often unrecognised support throughout what is a rewarding but often challenging career.

“Well done to all our award winners but also to every single member of staff or volunteer who goes the extra mile to respond to our patients day-in, day-out.”

Details of every award winner can be found below.

Chief Executive Commendations

Exceeding Expectations: Katie Duncan, Beatrice Evans and Kieran Marshall for their quick thinking and actions when, off duty, they rescued a number of people from boats which caught fire in Ramsgate Harbour last summer.

Exceeding Expectations: Emergency Medical Advisors Hayley Marsh and Sydney Hughes for their efforts, while en route to work at Coxheath, when they stopped to help a lorry driver who was badly injured in a road traffic collision.

Exceeding Expectations: Michael Darby, Ian McDonald, James Potter, Kelli Sullivan and Shane Williams after they helped in the response to a car fire which broke out at the Trust’s Ashford Make Ready Centre.

Exceeding Expectations: Paramedic Steve Tucker from Ashford who, while off duty, helped save the lives of three people who were involved in a helicopter crash.

Exceeding Expectations:  Hastings Ambulance crew Paul Bartlett and Jason Westbury for their actions in helping a patient from a house which was in danger of going up in flames following a chip pan fire. (Please note that Jason will be collecting his award at another ceremony).

Clinical Excellence and Quality Improvement: SECAmb and Kent Police Medway Joint Response Unit – The Medway Joint Response Unit was initially set up as a six-month pilot in March 2018. The collaboration helps reduce the number of times each organisation has to call upon the other for assistance with the unit crewed by a paramedic and two Police Specials. The unit has proved extremely successful and currently responds across the Medway area on Friday and Saturday nights.

Queen’s Ambulance Service medals for Long Service & Good conduct (20 years) were presented to:

Nicola Avery, Hastings
Steven Barrett, Sittingbourne
Tracy Boyd, Hastings
Lisa Brett, Medway
Peter Burbidge, Ashford
Jamie Clark, Hastings
Richard de Coverley, Cranbrook
Philip Eversfield, Paddock Wood
Roger Haire, Guildford
Rita Hasemore, Gillingham
Roger Hext, Canterbury
Alison Kennedy, Hastings
Alan Phillpott, Folkestone
Gary Shadbolt-Smith, Eastbourne
Kay Towsey, Medway
Graham Wood, Eastbourne

20 years NHS Long Service medals

Jacqueline Harley, Coxheath
Stephen Valente, Ashford
Louise Williams, Margate

30 years NHS Long Service Award:

Graham Bailey, Ashford
Elizabeth Brooker, Hastings
Karen Creasey, Ashford
Christopher Doye, Ashford
Denise Dyer, Polegate
Stephen Mitchell, Thanet
Martin Oliver, Thameside
John Walker, Brighton

Volunteer’s 10 years Long Service Award

Tony Kettle, Bearstead
Tony Tappenden, Loose
Scott Montgomery, Sittingbourne

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