Ambulance service to honour staff in awards ceremony

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East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) will hold its first Values and Recognition Awards next week.

The event will recognise those who represent the ‘best of the service ‘in their working lives through dealings with patients, colleagues and other healthcare professionals.

The awards aim to honour those who have gone ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ and give an insight into some of the ‘extremely challenging’ situations staff face.

A celebrity with his own debt of gratitude to EMAS will attend the organisation’s first Values and Recognition Awards. Former Eastenders star Dean Gaffney was injured in a car crash in Derby earlier this year and will meet the ambulance crew who cared for him at the ceremony.

EMAS’ chairman Jon Towler will host the evening, which has been made possible by sponsorship and donations from local businesses.

He said: “We know that our dedicated staff and volunteers do an amazing job every day of the year but we don’t always get the opportunity to recognise their achievements.

“Our role is often to be there at the most challenging and distressing moments of people’s lives. These awards recognise those individuals and teams who help us be the best we can be in these situations.

“I’m proud of every nomination which shows not only do we deliver first-rate care but we also work in partnership with each other and other agencies, act with empathy and recognise the needs of vulnerable people.”

The awards are open to all of EMAS’ clinical staff such as paramedics and technicians, Emergency Operations Centre call takers and dispatchers, volunteer community first responders and the non-clinical teams who support frontline staff.

There are seven award categories, five which reflect EMAS’ ‘core values’ of respect, integrity, contribution, teamwork and competence.

The remaining two are the Willetts Award and the Paul Richard Basford Award for Volunteers. Set up in memory of Michael Willetts – a Nottingham soldier who was posthumously awarded the George Cross for his heroism when a police station was bombed in Northern Ireland – the Willetts Award will recognise courage and actions beyond the call of duty.

The awards ceremony will be held at Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham, from 6pm on Thursday April 18.