Specialist Paramedics Mark Hall, Karen Moreland, Andrew Johnson and Gary Evans from East Midlands Ambulance have won the ‘Lincolnshire Health Award’ for their dedication to HEE’s rotating paramedic pilot.
The team have worked in GP surgeries on the East Coast, the Lincolnshire Emergency Operations Centre and on the 999 frontline, with the aim of reducing unnecessary admissions to hospital through A & E.
The pilot was nominated for the excellent at-home patient care the specialist paramedics provide, which means more patients can be treated without being admitted to hospital. In addition, the pilot has allowed GPs to treat patients with more complex needs, whilst ensuring emergency ambulances are free for the most life-threating emergencies.
Duty Operations Manager Chris Long said;
It’s great that the team has been won this award and their dedication and passion to making this pilot a success is being recognised. As their manager, I am very proud of their achievements and the considerable contribution that they have made to the patients in Lincolnshire, the successful integration into primary and emergency care”.
Patrick Mitchell, Regional Director – South of England, Health Education England said;
I’m delighted to see the team has been recognised for their hard work and dedication to the rotating paramedic model which has proven successful for the Midlands and East Ambulance Service.
The rotating paramedics pilot has given us an opportunity to see how this new way of working can benefit patients and the wider NHS. This award has recognised the positive impact this team has had on patients in the community and I hope this model can be introduced across other parts of England in the future”.
The successful six-month pilot has now been extended, the team on the East Coast will investigate new ways of working, including specialist paramedics being assigned care homes to prevent A&E admissions.
The award was presented to the team at a ceremony which was hosted by the organisers ‘Lincolnshire Media’.