Nominations open for staff awards

Members of the public are invited to nominate their ambulance heroes for North East Ambulance Service’s annual Beyond the Call of Duty Awards.

Every year, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS) holds the Beyond the Call of Duty Awards to recognise staff who have given exceptional care. The celebration also incorporates the long service awards for staff who have been with the ambulance service for 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years.

Now in its seventh year, this year’s event will take place at the Boilershop on 5 October and is sponsored overall by Ward Hadaway, along with LA Taxis, Cleric, GMB and UNISON.

The 12 award categories cover all aspects of the Trust’s service provision from emergency care to operations centre and patient transport, with a category specifically for members of the public to nominate someone who has made a difference to their lives.

NEAS Chief Executive Yvonne Ormston said: “Our employees do an amazing job every day and touch so many lives in the process. They often say they are just doing their job but it means so much more to our patients and their colleagues. Our annual awards ceremony allows us to celebrate those people who have gone that little bit extra and thank them for their work.

“Given the nature of our organisation is all about serving the population of the North East, our public nomination category is arguably one of the most important awards of the evening. Every year we receive more and more nominations for this category, which is a reflection of the outstanding service our patients receive on a daily basis, and I would urge anyone who has experienced such service to consider making a nomination.”

Members of the public have until 27 July to make a nomination. For more information, and to make a nomination, visit https://www.neas.nhs.uk/staff-awards

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