This year’s Queen’s New Year Honours list has seen recognition for ambulance employees from Yorkshire and East Midlands Ambulance Trusts, with the same award going to members of the Scotland and Welsh Ambulance services.
All were recipients of the Queen’s Ambulance Medal, which honours a select group of ambulance personnel who have shown exceptional devotion to duty, outstanding ability, merit and conduct in their roles within NHS Ambulance Services.
From Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, the receipient was Trevor Baldwin, Head of Service Development (Emergency Operations Centre).
Trevor is one of the longest-serving and most respected members of staff, not just within the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, but across the UK.
He has held many roles and is currently a senior manager within the Trust’s Emergency Operations Centre where 999 calls are handled.
At East Midlands Ambulance Service, Thomas Bailey, 64, based at Buxton Ambulance Station in Derbyshire, has worked on the frontline of the ambulance service for 40 years.
Thomas was nominated for his four decades of dedication to caring for emergency patients, for setting up a rural cave rescue service in Derbyshire to rescue patients involved in dangerous incidents, and he recently fought and defeated cancer.
Learn more here.
In Wales, Emergency Medical Technician Nick Richards-Ozzati and Joanne Rees-Thomas, of the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service, have also been awarded the QAM. You can read more about their achievements here.
In Scotland, paramedic Gail Topping has recognised for her fine work in campaigning for better mental health support for staff. Read about Gail’s award here.
All at AACE applaud and congratulate this year’s recipients, who will receive their medals at at investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace later in the new year.
About the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal
The Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal (QAM) honours a very small, select group of ambulance personnel who have shown exceptional devotion to duty, outstanding ability, merit and conduct in their roles within NHS Ambulance Services.
The award was introduced in 2011 and ensures that the dedication of ambulance staff now has the same level of Royal recognition as other members of the emergency services.
The number of nominations for a QAM in any one year may never exceed ten and includes up to four Medals for England, up to two Medals for Wales, up to two Medals for Scotland, up to one Medal for Northern Ireland and up to one Medal for the Channel Islands. They are awarded twice a year.