23 February 2017 - Stuart wins national award for outstanding service Congratulations go to Stuart Rankine, NWAS vehicle and equipment manager, who was awarded a prestigious award at this year’s Ambulance Leadership Forum (ALF), hosted and run by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives. The annual event is designed to recognise ambulance service staff who have shown particular commitment to helping improve and deliver patient care during the past year. Stuart was recognised in the Support Services category for his efforts in delivering thousands of pounds of savings across the Trust. Derek Cartwright, NWAS Chief Executive, said: “Stuart moved from Operations to managing a small but significant team, delivering everything from vehicles to equipment to uniform, to keep services running smoothly. Stuart and his team have delivered thousands of pounds of savings across the Trust. They have set up excellent audit tools, been actively involved in vehicle design and frequently produced business cases to the Board detailing proposed improvements and efficiencies that ultimately support frontline services. Stuart is a credit to the Trust and a true unsung support services asset.” The pictures shows, from left to right: Derek Cartwright, NWAS Chief Executive, with Stuart Rankine, NWAS Vehicle and Equipment Manager, and his wife Ruth. Stuart said: “I am proud to receive this award and I very proud of the team that I work with who have helped to make it all possible. I would like to thank Derek for nominating me and appreciating my work over the years. I will continue to enjoy my role within the Trust and look forward to future challenges.” This year’s Ambulance Leadership Forum (ALF), hosted and run by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, was held at Chesford Grange in Warwickshire on 7-8 Feb 2017. ALF brings together award recipients from right across the UK’s Ambulance services to be recognised for ‘Outstanding Service’ and representing a wide range of delivery areas from administration right through to volunteering and welfare.