10th May 2014

A big 'Thank You' to the organizers of the East of England Ambulance Service Awards Ceremony at Tattersall's in Newmarket last night. Tim Thirst, one of our First Responders, received an Outstanding Achievement Award and a  Chief Officer's Commendation, from Dr. Anthony Marsh. 

Anthony Marsh, chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service, praised the “hard work, dedication and commitment of our wonderful ambulance staff and volunteers” at the event held at Tattersall’s Conference Centre. Mr. Marsh added: “I am very proud to lead this ambulance service with such passionate and motivated staff and volunteers, who work day in and day out to help patients, often in their greatest hour of need.”

Tim Thirst – who is a First Responder with the Stalham & Smallburgh group – was presented with a Chief Officer’s Commendation by Mr. Marsh during the ceremony.

Tim has worked voluntarily over the past four years interviewing members of the public; staff and volunteers in ambulance services across the UK, researching the best practices used by First Responders and how to introduce them into the East of England Ambulance Service. These improvements will enable First Responders to give a more timely and higher level of care to the patients they treat. Tim’s recommendations were highlighted in Anthony Marsh’s clinical review of the East of England Ambulance Service last year and Tim has been advising him since his appointment as chief executive on their implementation.

The citation for Tim’s award reads:

‘The Chief Officer’s commendation is awarded to Dr. Timothy Thirst MBE for his outstanding contribution to patient care in his local community. For his commitment, compassion and dedication he shows to patients he serves and for his desire to enhance the role of Community First Responders across the East of England’.

Stalham & Smallburgh First Responders also received an Outstanding Achievement Award on behalf of all First Responders in Norfolk.


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