Life-saving project in the running for Innovation of the Year

The recent region-wide CPR-athon to equip hundreds of members of the public with the practical skills to save a life has been shortlisted in the 2015 Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence.

The project has been recognised by the Association of Air Ambulances for the Innovation of the Year, was devised and delivered by the service, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, MAGPAS, Norfolk Accident Rescue Service and Suffolk Accident Rescue Service.

Readers of Need to Know will remember that the first-of-its-kind event, which took place on 12th September, saw ambulance crews, doctors and volunteers simultaneously ‘take over’ shopping centres and community venues across the eastern region to run free ‘drop-in’ sessions teaching more than 500 participants CPR.

Sandy Brown, Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality, said: “On behalf of the partnership, we are delighted that our innovative CPRathon has been shortlisted for Innovation of the Year.  This vast undertaking relied on the goodwill of dozens of our clinical teams around the region, and we’d like to thank all of the venues for helping us host this event to improve the skills of the everyday person in the street, and also raise awareness of our work for critically ill patients.”

Chloe Smith MP, Chair of the Judging Panel, commented: “The level of expertise and dedication of the people working in the air ambulance sector is extraordinary and these awards are a wonderful way of showcasing their work. Each and every nominee is clearly an exceptional individual or team, and I would like to thank all of them for their hard work.”

The Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence are open to all those within the air ambulance community in the UK to recognize exceptional people helping to save and improve lives. Winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony to be held on 16 November at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington, London. 


Published 24th September, 2015

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