Health hero accolade for Berwick man

An emergency care assistant at Berwick ambulance station has made the shortlist for a national health hero award.

Friday, 4th November 2016, 07:13 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 16:01 pm
Iain Scott

Iain Scott has won the North East region Clinical Support Worker of the Year accolade for his dedication and selflessness.

He will now go to the national finals later this month, but needs your vote to win it.

“I was very pleased to be nominated in the first place and surprised to win the regional award,” he said.

“I’ve been in Berwick all my life so lots of people know me and I think that helps to put people at ease,” he added.

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It comes just weeks after he received an Unsung Hero award from North East Ambulance Service.

“It’s quite something to take in,” he admitted.

He regularly checks up on patients in the community in his spare time, and does errands for them before turning up for his own shifts.

Iain also runs the station’s tea and social fund, and greatly increases the morale of staff.

The honours have been created by Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health, in partnership with UNISON.

Iain is among 24 men and women who have been recognised for keeping the NHS running behind the scenes and improving the lives of patients.

The awards celebrate the exceptional contribution made by healthcare staff including hospital porters, emergency care assistants and admin officers who are crucial in the delivery of patient care yet rarely get praised.

John Rogers, chief executive at Skills for Health, said: “The NHS couldn’t function without the dedication of clinical support workers and operational service staff. They ensure that hospitals and healthcare practices around the UK provide the best care possible for patients.

“They keep the health service running efficiently and effectively, yet their efforts often go unnoticed. Our research has shown that the health sector can only reach its potential in terms of productivity and efficiency by understanding the contribution and value of support workers. We are delighted with the calibre of award entries we have received and the judges certainly had a difficult task in selecting our regional winners.”

The winners will be announced in London on November 29. People can vote for Iain via: www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/ohh-vote