Paramedic awarded Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal

13 January 2016

Paramedic and Senior Clinical Advisor, David Whitmore, has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal in the New Year’s Honours List for his commitment to life-saving work. Dave Whitmore

His nomination recognised a number of the fantastic contributions that David has made while part of the London Ambulance Service, including his work with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on the introduction of registration for paramedics, his involvement in responding to major incidents and his role in developing training for new ambulance crews.

In his own time, he is a member of the Derby Mountain Rescue Team who operate in the Peak District area of the UK helping those injured or in need of assistance in the Peak District, and if required other parts of the UK. He has travelled to Uganda, where he helped with a project that saw the development of a National Ambulance Service for Uganda.

David, who has worked for the Service for 36 years said: “I am deeply humbled and honoured to be nominated and awarded this prestigious medal. I have always been keen to promote the Service and help develop the profession but I couldn’t have done it without the vast help and support I have had over the years from many, many people.

“I would like to feel that this isn’t just for me – it is for the Service and everyone I have worked with and has helped me along the way.”

Dr Fionna Moore, Chief Executive at the London Ambulance Service said: “David has worked tirelessly to advance the role of the Paramedic and ensure that those new to the role have the support and training they need.

“His commitment to others also extends outside of his primary role and sees him volunteer with a number of organisations. David is a credit to the London Ambulance Service and we’re delighted that he has received such an honour.”

He will be invited to attend a ceremony at Buckingham Palace later in the year to receive his award from Her Majesty the Queen.

The Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal (QAM) honours a very small, select group of ambulance crews and control room staff who have shown exceptional devotion to duty, outstanding ability, merit and conduct in their roles within NHS Ambulance Services.

David is also Co-Vice Chair of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

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