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Long service and achievements celebrated at annual awards ceremony

19 March 2019

Award winnersSouth East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) staff, volunteers and members of the public have gathered to celebrate long service and achievements in the final of three awards ceremonies to be held by the Trust this year.

The awards evening, which took place on Thursday 14 March at Alexander House Hotel in Turners Hill, West Sussex, saw Chief Executive Commendations presented across a range of categories including Exceeding Expectations and Demonstrating Compassion, while staff were recognised for 20, 30 as well as 40 years’ service.

The Deputy Lieutenant and High Sheriff of West Sussex, Caroline Nicholls, attended as the Queen’s representative to present Queen’s Long Service and Good Conduct medals to frontline A&E staff.

Among those presented with Chief Executive Commendations were Crawley-based Emergency Medical Advisors Charlotte Rogers and Ashley Papworth for their quick thinking and actions when returning home from a busy night shift, when they forced an erratic driver to stop for fear they would cause an accident.

Queens MedalGatwick Make Ready Centre Manager, Susie Thum, and friend and former paramedic, Lindsay Cranch, were recognised for their actions in providing CPR to a man who had collapsed and went into cardiac arrest at a holiday park in the New Forest.

Polegate Operational Team Leader Steph Meech received a CEO commendation for her dedication to her role and commitment to the LGBT agenda in the ambulance service at the same time coming out as a transgender woman herself.

There was also a public commendation for three staff from Freedom Leisure Centre in Crowborough who ensured a man, who collapsed in cardiac arrest, received CPR and a shock with a defibrillator, and was able to sit up and talk to his doctors soon afterwards.

SECAmb Chief Executive Daren Mochrie said: “In this our third awards ceremony this year, I was once again very humbled to celebrate the long service and achievements of so many staff and also thank members of the public for their actions in helping save lives.

“Well done to every award winner and also thank you to the friends and family of all our staff and volunteers who provide vital support throughout what is a challenging career.

“Thank you to everyone for their continued dedication and commitment to help others.”

Details of every award winner can be found below. Please note that this is the third of three awards ceremonies so only those staff named below received their awards on 14 March.

Chief Executive Commendations

Exceeding Expectations - Crawley-based Emergency Medical Advisors Charlotte Rogers and Ashley Papworth for their quick thinking and actions when returning home from a busy night shift, when they forced an erratic driver to stop for fear they would cause an accident.

Exceeding Expectations - Polegate Operational Team Leader Steph Meech for her dedication to her role and commitment to the LGBT agenda in the ambulance service at the same time coming out as a transgender woman herself.

Exceeding Expectations - Gatwick Make Ready Centre Manager, Susie Thum, and friend and former paramedic, Lindsay Cranch, were recognised for their actions in providing CPR to a man who had collapsed and went into cardiac arrest at a holiday park in the New Forest.

Clinical Excellence and Quality Improvement: Worthing crews, Kevin Fuller, Darren Curtis, Mark Griffiths and Gemma Butler for their efforts as part of a team who responded to an imminent birth emergency. (Please note Jamie Webb collected his award at the Trust’s second awards ceremony in Surrey).

Demonstrating Compassion – Rebecca Francis, Operational Team Leader, Polegate – For her commitment and compassion in helping team member Steph Meech in her transition as a transgender woman.

Demonstrating Compassion – Polegate clinicians, Steve Thomas, Paul Simpson and Peter Morris for their compassion in helping an end-of-life patient and his partner who were due to be married, receive a blessing from a chaplain before the patient passed away.

Public Commendation - Catherine Carlile and Bob Watson for their actions in stepping up to save the life of a man who had been stabbed in the leg in Crawley.

Public Commendation: Freedom Leisure Centre Crowborough staff, James Stanyer-Fisher, Andy Smale and Nathan Dadswell, who ensured a man, who collapsed in cardiac arrest, received CPR and a shock with a defibrillator, and was able to sit up and talk to his doctors soon afterwards.

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

Andrew Cashman, Crawley
Andrew Hatter, Redhill
Catherine Miles, Haywards Heath
Caroline Flack, Polegate
Daniel Richards, Chichester
David Lashwood, Gatwick
Jenny Churchyard, Polegate
James Pavey, Crawley
Phil Lewis, Brighton
Marian Spence, Chichester
Raymond Mazhindu, Crawley

20 years NHS Long Service medals

Stephen Waters, Lewes
Victoria Bowkett, Crawley
Victoria Burtenshaw, Lewes
Nicola Brooks, Crawley

30 years NHS Long Service Award:

Andrew Cashman, Crawley
Bruce Davy, Polegate
Caroline Flack, Polegate
Philip Smith, Gatwick
Stephen Wood, Polegate

40 years NHS Long Service Award:

Ian Morrison, Polegate
Nicholas Bastin, Brighton

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