Queen's Ambulance Medal

Tuesday, 12 July, 2011

West Midlands Ambulance Service is welcoming the announcement of the awarding of new Queen's Ambulance Service Medal.

The Medal will be to mark distinguish service from NHS ambulance staff and means they join the Police and Fire emergency services in having a prestigious medal for outstanding service.

The medal will recognise those with an exceptional devotion to duty - those whose service is marked by outstanding ability, merit and exemplary conduct, such as:

• Managing major, serious or dangerous operational incidents, which make exceptional demands on personnel

• Prolonged service distinguished by exceptional achievement and merit

• Work that results in significant improvements for patients and/or staff

• Very high levels of performance when acting up to more senior roles

• Taking a leading role in promoting staff training, knowledge and skills

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: "This is excellent news for the ambulance service. It is particularly significant as our staff work closely with colleagues in the police and fire services when responding to 999 calls or major incidents.

"Our staff work incredibly hard to save lives, often under extreme pressure and in very challenging situations. This medal will mean that their actions can be recognised at the highest levels."

Sir David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive, said: "I am always amazed at the professionalism and dedication of ambulance teams when dealing with extreme and traumatic situations and saving lives every day.

"It is fantastic that the extraordinary achievements and commitment of our ambulance services will be recognised alongside the other emergency services."

The first medals will be awarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in Summer 2012.

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