The most recent recipients of the prestigious Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal for Distinguished Service were announced in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this morning (Saturday 17 June 2017).
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.
Today’s two recipients for England include:
- Paul Liversidge,
Chief Operating Officer at North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, a paramedic with 33 years’ ambulance service experience.Read more about Paul’s citation here.
Neil Le Chevalier,
Director of Operations at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, a paramedic with 41 years’ ambulance service experience.
Tony Rossetti, First Responder Officer, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
- George Stott,
Training Officer, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service
- Mr Robin Petterson,
Clinical Support Officer, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
- Lewis Campbell,
General Manager for East Central Division, Scottish Ambulance Service
The recipients are now entitled to place the letters ‘QAM’ after their names, on occasions when the use of such letters is customary. In accordance with custom, the medals will be formally presented at an Investiture Ceremony later in the year.
Martin Flaherty OBE, Managing Director of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) said:
AACE is exceptionally proud of all ambulance staff who go that extra mile to care for patients and contribute to the development and progression of the ambulance service, at all levels. The QAM is a very prestigious award that recognises the hard work and dedication of some of our very best ambulance professionals and we warmly congratulate the latest recipients.
The QAM was introduced in 2012 and the number of nominations 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.
The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) is responsible for co-ordinating the nominations of QAMs in England, with nominations coming from within Trusts and being seconded by their Trust Chief Executives before being sent for consideration for final nomination by the AACE Board.