Essex & Herts Air Ambulance win big at national awards
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) took home two awards at the 2017 Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence.
The Awards were hosted by television presenter Rav Wilding and BBC News presenter Sophie Long at the Millennium Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London, and took place on Monday 13th November, seeing Air Ambulances and partner agencies from around the UK gather together for a night of celebration and recognition of outstanding achievements.
For the second year running, the Charity picked up the award for Air Ambulance Paramedic of the Year. Having gone to Erica Ley in 2016, this year’s award saw off competition from London’s Air Ambulance and East Anglian Air Ambulance to be awarded to EHAAT’s Adam Carr.
Adam, as well as being a Critical Care Paramedic for the Charity, has been one of two of EHAAT’s Patient Liaison Manager since January 2017, working diligently to support patients and their families throughout all stages of their recovery, including signposting other charities who can offer specialist support. Adam was nominated on not only his dedicated to the Patient Liaison Manager role, but also for a mission he completed as a Critical Care Paramedic earlier this year, which saw a nine-year-old child resuscitated after being in cardiac arrest for 65 minutes. The patient continues to make an inspiring recovery.
Pre-hospital Care Doctor Simon Keane, who nominated Adam for the award, recalled: “This job came in at the end of a long and busy day and Adam was still able to give 100% to a very challenging and emotive job. Adam managed to run the cardiac arrest and intubate the child quickly and efficiently, freeing me up to speak to the next of kin, gain a history and discuss thoughts with the duty Consultant. Adam’s communication on scene was exceptional and he empowered each member of the extended team to do the best job they could, meaning we achieved the best possible results for the patient.”
EHAAT’s second win was Innovation of the Year, which was clinched by their annual Aeromedical conference. With the subject of ‘Minds Matter’, this year’s conference tackled the often taboo subject of mental health in the pre-hospital world, focusing on the needs of the patient, clinicians and the risk of ‘burn out’. Comments left by delegates included: “Best conference I have ever been to worldwide. Brave to make Minds Matter the theme and for the speakers to open up and talk so honestly. It will stay with me for a long time. Thank you.”
Ben Myer, Clinical Manager for EHAAT and conference lead, said: “Given recent incidents locally, nationally and internationally, it highlights the need for pre-hospital professionals and our colleagues across the emergency services to come together, share practice and open the conversation regarding the work we all do in pressured circumstances. The success of the ‘Minds Matter’ conference was its ability to provide a forum for us all to be able to reflect, listen to keynote speakers from across the world and to discuss what we should do next and how to train for the next incident.”
Jane Gurney, CEO of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance said: “We are celebrating 20 years of saving lives, and I am still so proud of all that we accomplish – whether that’s for our amazing Staff, Crew, Volunteers and supporters, or our events and initiatives. It’s particularly special when these achievements are recognised on a national stage.
A huge congratulations to Adam, Ben and our Events Team, and also to Di Leggett and Sue Akers, who were both shortlisted for Charity Volunteer of the Year. This has been a truly remarkable year for us so far, and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.”
2016’s AAA Awards saw Essex & Herts Air Ambulance win Air Ambulance Paramedic of the Year with Critical Care Paramedic Erica Ley and Outstanding Young Person Award with Isobel Pilsworth, who, at just five years old rode 40 miles over two months to raise funds and awareness after her father was attended after a cardiac arrest.