Inspiring stories of compassion, care and dedication to duty were celebrated at the North East Ambulance Service’s (NEAS) Beyond the Call of Duty Awards, held at Hardwick Hall.
Sponsored by Ward Hadaway, the annual awards, which are now in their sixth year, recognise the outstanding contribution of NEAS employees.
The 12 award categories cover all aspects of the Trust’s service provision from emergency care to operations centre and patient transport. And judges had a tough time picking the best of more than 250 entries.
The night also incorporated the Trust’s long service awards, recognising 19 employees who have a combined 550 years’ service with the Trust. One of them, Bob Foster, of Trimdon, was also presented with a special award in recognition of his 50 years’ service.
NEAS Chief Executive Yvonne Ormston said: “Our employees make a difference, day in, day out and it’s important for us to take the time to recognise the amazing work of the truly remarkable team here at the North East Ambulance Service.
“Although we can only recognise a handful of those at our Beyond the Call of Duty Awards, we should not forget everyone who works for the emergency services regularly puts the lives of the community before their own. Each of our winners truly embodies the Trust’s values of responding to the needs of individuals and treating patients and colleagues with compassion, care, dignity and respect.
“It’s also important for us to recognise the years of dedication our employees devote to the service. It was particularly humbling to be able to thank Bob Foster for the 50 years’ service he has given to his local community, and to meet his family who have also made sacrifices to enable Bob to do his job to the best of his ability.”
Chairman, Ashley Winter, said: “These awards allow us the opportunity to show our employees how much we value the incredible contribution they provide to our organisation on a daily basis.
“What really shone through each and every nomination was the pride each employee places in their role and their passion for providing excellent patient care, irrespective of where they work within the service.
“We must not forget the hundreds of people who took the time to make a nomination and I would like to thank them all for shining a light on each of the hundreds of employees for their work and efforts. Thank you also to our sponsors Ward Hadaway, Ortus, GMB and Unison for supporting this year’s awards.”
Nicola Richardson, Partner in the Healthcare team at law firm Ward Hadaway, said: “We work closely with the team at North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust so we know what tremendous work the staff at the Trust carry out every day of the year, often in very challenging situations.
“Sponsoring the staff awards is a great way for us to acknowledge how people at the Trust go above and beyond to deliver first class healthcare services when they are needed most to thousands of people right across the North East.
“The awards never fail to highlight inspiring acts of dedication and I am sure that this year will prove to be no exception.”