NWAS continue to win awards

Since May, the Trust has won various prestigious awards for learning and development initiatives, hardworking staff and Trust volunteers.

Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) Award - Resilience and Emergency Planning Manager Paul Bailey won the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) award for 'Outstanding Service'.  The award was presented at the 2013 Ambulance leadership Forum (ALF) Awards Dinner, held in Kenilworth. This particular award is given to just one representative from each of the ambulance services throughout the UK.  

Paul has served with the Ambulance Service for 32 years and has worked within the resilience and Emergency Planning field for the last 12 years, helping to prepare the NHS and the Ambulance Service for major incidents and disasters.  He has worked tirelessly over those 12 years to influence and develop contingency planning, not just within the Ambulance Service and the NHS, but across multi-agency partnerships. He was a key player in the development and implementation of the Inter Agency Liaison Officer (ILO) Programme between Police, Fire and Ambulance Services, designed to share confidential and secure intelligence in counter terrorism activities.

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service has been bestowed on the Rossendale Community First Responders and is regarded by them as an outstanding privilege and honour.   It is the recognition of not only their principal role of responding to serious or life threatening emergencies for the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), but the additional voluntary work undertaken within their community, such as Community Defibrillators for Rossendale and Heartstart - the training of members of the public in Basic Life Support.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK - equivalent to an MBE.  It is given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing an outstanding service.

Brian Pickup MBE- Community First Responder (CFR) Team Leader and Trainer, Brian Pickup, is to be awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) from Her Majesty The Queen later this year.

Brian was nominated by his team members and is due to receive his MBE in an official ceremony in the next few months. His citation reads; 'For services to Health through Community First Responders and to the community of Rossendale, Lancashire.'

Not only is this an incredible achievement for Brian personally, the award comes on the back of the Rossendale Community First Responder Team recently being awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and two Gold CardiacSmart Awards (The NWAS Chain of Survival and British Heart Foundation partnership which awards 'CardiacSmart' status where resilience to cardiac arrest is improved in the community.)

Investors in People Gold Award - The North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) has recently been awarded the Investors in People Good Practice Award in Health and Wellbeing. The award follows the Trust's Investors in People Gold Award and recognises the significant investment the Trust has made in supporting the health and wellbeing of staff.

NWAS received the Health and Wellbeing Award following an intense assessment process by Investors in People, which included interviewing staff, managers and union representatives across the Trust. A portfolio of evidence was also produced and an assessor attended the Staff Pledges group meeting to gain an awareness of the Trust's Health and Wellbeing strategy and future action plans. 

The Assessor highlighted areas of good practice adopted by NWAS and emphasised that the greatest strength of addressing health and wellbeing was the everyday practice applied by the Trust of a flexible approach based around the individual's needs whilst still focusing on the organisation's aims. 

The Trust has produced a guide to 'Health and Wellbeing'.  This is a resource to help both managers and staff experiencing or dealing with issues relating to stress, mental health, finances, domestic violence, child care, drug and alcohol abuse, healthy eating and stopping smoking.  The handbook had been designed as a tool to locate information easily and accessibly on all these areas.