You may have seen from our Twitter feed at the weekend that our Northern Area Training Manager, George Stott, was honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List with the Queen’s Ambulance Medal.
George joined the ambulance service in 1981 and has played a lead role in the delivery of training from NVQ programmes through to the introduction, and enhancement, of Paramedic training. He established Division based training which for the first time took training away from the Regional Ambulance Training Centre and facilitated its delivery in the workplace.
George worked closely with local cardiac units to set up a local pilot to introduce pre-hospital defibrillation for cardiac patients in the Northern Division.
George was also instrumental in introducing the use of salbutamol for use by all frontline staff. He also led an innovative pilot to introduce pre-hospital thrombolysis treatment to patients, leading the way among U.K. Ambulance Services.
Another milestone in his career was becoming among the first in the Service to gain a Driving Instructors qualification thereby enhancing the experience for new recruits on their driving courses.
George has been pivotal in embedding the Clinical Support Officer role within in the Service and he continues to lead a team of CSOs in the Northern Area who work with frontline crews to improve standards and enrich the experience of patients who pass through our hands.
George is a very popular member of the Training team and is respected across the Service. We are sure that all staff will join us in congratulating George on being honoured in this way.
We caught up with him today in HQ to talk about his time here and how he felt when he heard about the award.