South Western Ambulance service staff awards

Thursday, 25 October, 2012

More than 50 members of staff from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation (SWASFT) have been acknowledged for their hard work, dedication and commitment to the Trust.

SWASFT has held its annual award ceremonies, one in Ilminster, Somerset, on Thursday, October 11th 2012, and another in Saltash, Cornwall, on Thursday, October 18th 2012.

During the ceremonies staff were presented with a variety of awards including the Queen's Ambulance Service Long Service and Good Conduct medal, Employee of the Year, Chief Executive's Commendation and other long service awards for both clinical and non-clinical staff who have given 20, 30 and in some cases 40 years service.

Combined, the award recipients for long service and good conduct have given 530 years of service between them.

Other categories included the Most Improved Ambulance Station, Chairman's Award, and Responder Award.

Trust Chief Executive Ken Wenman and Chairman Heather Strawbridge joined the award winners and their guests for a reception before the ceremony and several local dignitaries and officials also attended, including HM Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, the High Sheriff of Cornwall and HM Lord Lieutenant of Somerset. Former patients also attended as guest speakers.

Mr Wenman said: "It really is a privilege to be able to honour our fantastic staff at these award ceremonies. As we all know, the staff are the Trust's greatest asset and many of them often go over and above the call of duty, sometimes in challenging and difficult circumstances.

"These award ceremonies are a great opportunity to acknowledge the part we all play in delivering the right care in the right place at the right time to our patients.

"I would like to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation, on behalf of everyone at the Trust, to all those who make our service so successful."

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