Ambulance service appoints nurse ambassadors to promote profession to the public

North West Ambulance Service nurses will support colleagues’ career development too

North West Ambulance Service nurses will support colleagues’ career development too

Gill Hargreaves and Emma McGoldrick

'Nurse ambassadors' will soon be promoting the career to communities in north west England.

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) appointed its first nursing ambassadors this month as part of a national attempt to attract more people to the profession.

The service’s two nurse ambassadors, who work for NHS 111, are clinical adviser Gill Hargreaves and clinical duty manager Emma McGoldrick, who will be spending time in the community hoping to encourage interest in nursing as a career.

Ms McGoldrick said: ‘I am excited I will also be helping colleagues to develop in their nursing roles, which is vital in retaining nurses in our service and I will be promoting the valuable and amazing job they do,’ she said.

Awards for nursing excellence

Two nurses at North West Ambulance Service were presented with chief nursing officer (CNO) silver awards for excellence by CNO Ruth May when she visited the trust's emergency control centre.

Mental health manager, Gill Drummond and advanced practitioner Craig Hayden, received the awards for nursing excellence.

Ms Drummond has 34 years' nursing experience and has undertaken what is described as a ‘robust review’ of the trust’s mental health action plan, influencing colleagues to change practice to meet patients’ needs.

Mr Hayden works in the emergency operations centre where he supports and advises colleagues handling 999 calls and those out on the road.

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