Exceptional ambulance staff recognised for their outstanding achievements at third annual awards evening

The London Ambulance Service Awards 2006, attended by 300 people, has commended 17 operational and non-operational members of staff at a special ceremony held at the New Connaught Rooms in central London. The award recipients had been nominated by their colleagues, and also judged by a panel of directors, to have worked outstandingly during the year.

Several recent patients of the Service were among those who were invited to attend the ceremony. They were reunited on the night with the ambulance crew staff who had treated them when they were taken ill. These patients later presented framed certificates and engraved glass blocks to the winners and to those who had been highly commended in the nine award-categories.

“All of the nominees were voted for by the people who know them best—their colleagues,” commented David Jervis, Director of Communications.  “They work with these outstanding individuals every day and experience first-hand the difference that their hard work makes to the Service.”

The nine award categories included two memorial awards which remember two members of staff who died while in the employment of the Service: The Anthony Baddeley Memorial Award is presented to a new recruit who has performed outstandingly during their first 12 months with the Service; the Keith Walker Award, to a member of staff who has recognised the need to engage with Service-users and has involved patients and/or members of the public in the work of the Trust.

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The names of all of the award-winners and of those who were highly commended are listed below with the locations at which they are based:

Accident & Emergency Person of the Year (two winners)
Winner: Shaun Rock – Team Leader, Waterloo Ambulance Station
Winner: Bob Pritchard – Emergency Medical Technician, Barnehurst
Highly commended: John Barrett – Team Leader, Barnehurst Ambulance Station

Patient Transport Service Person (PTS) of the Year
Winner: Kay Robson – PTS administrator, New Malden Ambulance Station
Highly commended: Leaann Baker – PTS crew team leader, Camden Ambulance Station

Control Services Person of the Year
Winner: Theresa Browring – EMD, Emergency Operations Centre, Waterloo
Highly commended: Craig Fergus – Loggist, Emergency Operations Centre, Waterloo

Support Services Staff Person of the Year
Winner: Cathy Moore – Administrator, City & Hackney Ambulance Station
Highly commended: Gurkamal Virdi – Clinical Audit Co-ordinator, Clinical Audit & Research Department, Waterloo Ambulance Station

Manager of the Year
Winner: Sue Meehan – Management Information Services, Bow
Highly commended: Sue Watkins – Superintendent , Urgent Operations Centre, Waterloo

Trainer of the Year
Winner: Geoff Rendall – Senior Training Officer, St Helier Ambulance Station
Highly commended: Ian Bullamore – Training Officer, Fulham Ambulance Station

Innovation of the Year
Winner: Brian Hayes – Paramedic, Waterloo Ambulance Station
Highly commended: Michael Pearce – Ambulance Operations Manager, City & Hackney

The Anthony Baddeley Memorial Award
Winner: Claire Anderson – Emergency Medical Technician, Islington Ambulance Station 

The Keith Walker Memorial Award for Patient and Public Involvement
Winner: Andrew Humber – Team Leader, Oval Ambulance Station

The awards night was made possible by generous funding from event sponsors WaterJel Technologies and Coniston Construction. A collection was held for the chief executive officer’s charities: Haven House Foundation, Shooting Star Children’s Hospice, and Richard House Children’s Hospice.

For photographs, please contact Craig Macpherson at the London Ambulance Service communications department on 020 7921 5113.