WINNER: Bernie Wells
Paramedic Bernie Wells recently became an Emergency Care Clinical Manager.
Over the last 5 years Bernie has gone out of his way to support patients at the end of their lives. Having studied the topic at MSc level, Bernie has used his skills to try and incorporate better care for patients being looked after by our service at the end of their lives. When faced with high demand, end of life patients have sometimes waited longer to be taken home by ambulance to die with dignity. Where possible, Bernie has sourced staff and vehicles and even collected patients himself so that patients could die in their own home.
Passionate about caring for patients and their families, Bernie is well respected for his work and as a result, there is now a clinical placement for end of life incorporated within the student paramedic’s university course and Bernie himself has won a PHD in end of life patients.
Thanks to Bernie’s inspiration, NEAS is now collaborating with partners to improve end of life care and more people get to die with dignity. We are extremely proud of all that he has achieved.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Marie Trotter, Mark Henderson and Steve Miles.