A team of North East paramedics working to improve the lives of major trauma patients has picked up a national award.
Every year, North East Ambulance Service crews attend around 300,000 incidents, of which around 1,500 are categorised as major trauma with an average of three incidents a day.
North East Ambulance Service’s trauma team responds to major trauma incidents across the region as well as working in partnership with other agencies to promote public health and developing pre-hospital knowledge for their colleagues through trauma workshops.
Since being created in 2012, the team has exceeded national expectations at both a regional and national level, helping to change trauma care practices through research, most of which is done in members’ own time.
In the most recent peer review of national and regional major trauma services, NEAS was one of only three services to have 100% compliance with no significant concerns or immediate risks.
The group’s efforts were recognised at NEAS’s 2016 Beyond the Call of Duty Awards. On the back of that award, the team was put forward for the Association of Ambulance Chief Executive (AACE) Outstanding Service Awards.
Consultant Paramedic Paul Aitken-Fell, who leads the team, picked up the Specialist Paramedic Award on behalf of the team at the event, held on 7 February.
He said: “Working closely with the Northern Trauma Network and all the operational staff here at NEAS, we have undoubtedly made a huge impact on survival rates from major trauma.
“I’m really proud of the team and what we have achieved. As a Trust, we’re now looking to build on this work to help us save more lives across the North East.”