He's a jolly good fellow!

Wednesday, 11 July, 2012

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) head of resilience has recently celebrated after becoming one of the select few ambulance service members to be awarded an Emergency Planning Society fellow.

The Emergency Planning Society (EPS) introduced the award of fellow to recognise those professionals who have contributed greatly to the world of resilience. The award is granted on completion of an application looking at the following core competencies (below) these are based on the new national occupational standards for resilience. Two proposers who are already (a member and a fellow of the society) an interview with the membership Director and Chair of the Society. Fellows are granted the post nominal FEPS

Since its creation in 1993, the Emergency Planning Society has become the driving force in the world of resilience. Through regular consultation with the Government we provide a voice for our members to influence change a the highest level.

Robert said: "I am extremely proud to have been made a fellow of the society. I am also pleased that all of my team are associates or full members of the EPS which can only enhance the standing of resilience as a profession. The EPS hopes to gain Royal charter and become an Institute within the next three years. Our members come from all areas of the resilience profession and as a society we work hard to ensure their voices are heard. We provide a forum through our extensive network of regional branches to share our experiences and disseminate good practice."

Robert Flute was presented with his fellow by chair of society Marc Beveridge. Robert is also the first ambulance person in the UK to be elected Chair of a Local Resilience Forum (LRF) for the Norfolk Resilience Forum (NRF). He took over from the previous chair, the assistant chief constable for Norfolk police. Robert has a two year chair term running from 2012 -2014 and he has already been invited to chair the Suffolk Resilience forum from 2014.

Robert added: "I see my chairmanship as recognition for the whole UK ambulance service and EEAST. The ambulance service is no longer the 'cinderella service' and we are the front door of the NHS and I am keen to develop our working relationships with partner agencies."

Associate director of special operations, Oskan Edwardson said: "I am extremely pleased that Robert has been awarded the prestigious Fellow of the Emergency Planning Society. These awards are not given out lightly and thus Robert is to be congratulated on his achievements."

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