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Crew Members Recognised with Award Nominations

We’re delighted to announce two further nominations for this year’s Air Ambulances UK Awards.

Taking place on Friday 3rd December, the AAUK Awards recognise the professionalism, excellence, and dedication of the UK’s air ambulance community.

Last week we announced that our Chaplain, Reverend Ross Dilnot, was shortlisted for the Charity Volunteer of the Year Award. Joining Ross on the shortlist are Clinical Informatics Lead, Kurtis Poole, and Doctor Asher Lewinsohn. Kurtis, who also works as a Critical Care Paramedic on board our vehicles, has been shortlisted for Innovation of the Year, while Doctor Asher has been shortlisted for Doctor of the Year.

As well as working on the frontline of saving lives with Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Doctor Asher has been on the frontline of the Covid-19 response as the consultant in charge of the pandemic for his hospital in Luton. On top of that, he volunteers with the British Association for Immediate Care. Doctor Asher provides not only the best possible clinical care, but sensitive and meaningful support for patients and their loved ones. Take the day in January when Doctor Asher attended the home of Roy and Alison, who are the faces of our Christmas Appeal this year. When Doctor Asher attended that call out for a cardiac arrest, he was charged with taking care of Roy’s heart. But there were two hearts that he protected that day, when he took the time to make sure that Alison’s wasn’t breaking.

To find out more about the Christmas Appeal and how you could help keep families together at Christmas, visit www.tvairambulance.org.uk/appeal

As Clinical Informatics Lead, Kurtis has developed several innovative solutions which have had an impact across the charity. Kurtis’ ideas include new ways to harness clinical data to monitor operational delivery and make sure the charity is best meeting the needs of patients. His projects have helped improve the working lives of his colleagues across the organisation, as well as those in other air ambulances. But it goes further than that – by allowing crews to use data to its full potential, Kurtis’ projects may well protect, save and revive more lives in our community.

For a full list of nominations, please visit the Air Ambulances UK website.