Romford ambulance manager named a finalist for NHS award

Romford’s ambulance operations manager has been named a finalist for this year’s NHS Champions awards.

The awards, run by The King’s Fund, recognise the contribution of NHS staff to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

Ambulance Operations Manager Steve Colhoun was nominated for the support he delivered to his staff following the tragic death of Romford motorcycle paramedic Ron Pile. Ron died in April this year, aged 43, while on a motorcycle training course in Priddy, Somerset.

London Ambulance Service Assistant Director of Operations Jason Killens said: “Steve is a highly valued member of the Service who works hard to build strong relationships with his staff and with the local community served by the ambulance stations which he manages in Romford, Becontree and Hornchurch.

“The way he helped his staff through difficult circumstances was very impressive, and the relationship he has with his staff has gone from strength to strength – showing how he has managed to keep everyone together during tough times.”

In July Steve was also named London Ambulance Service’s Manager of the Year.

The NHS Champions award will be announced at a ceremony in Islington on Thursday 11 December. Two other members of staff – Waterloo paramedic Rob Bentley and student paramedic Katie Vallis are also in the finals.

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