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Prestigious Award for Long-serving Alan Baranowski

21 December 2016

Congratulations to Alan Baranowski, Associate Director with Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS), who has been awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Medal for Distinguished Service (QAM) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Alan and his family attended the celebration at Buckingham Palace on 29 November 2016 to receive his award. HRH Prince William presented Alan with his QAM and had a chat with him about his career with the ambulance service.
Alan said: “I had a lovely day, we all really enjoyed it and it was great honour to be invited to such an event. I feel very privileged to be presented with such a prestigious award and it was a great experience that I shall never forget.” 
Alan joined Sheffield Ambulance Service in 1972 and spent 20 years working in Sheffield, based at both Corporation Street and Middlewood ambulance stations. 
He was involved in taking the lead in the very early development of Paramedic and Trauma training at South Yorkshire Ambulance Service and also played a significant part in the UK-wide development of the computerisation of ambulance control room systems which we have in operation today.
Appointed to Training Manager in 1998, he worked with local A&E consultants on pioneering new protocols for neonatal and paediatric clinical procedures for Paramedics.  In addition, he was also a partner governor at Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, being a key player in the implementation of the Embrace transport team which provides a highly specialist service for critically-ill neonatal and paediatric patients in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Alan’s drive and enthusiasm for clinical excellence ensured that the region’s ambulance service was at the forefront of Paramedic training on a national basis.  In 2002 he led on the development of the UK’s first ‘paramedic degree courses’ at both the University of Sheffield and then Sheffield Hallam University which continues to take 40 new student paramedics each year.
Following a two-year period in Fleet as Assistant Director where he was instrumental in the development of ambulance vehicle design, Alan moved back into A&E Operations as Associate Director of Operations in West Yorkshire before moving back to his South Yorkshire roots in 2009. In 2013 Alan left his role as South Yorkshire’s A&E Operations Locality Director to take up the Yorkshire region-wide post of Associate Director of Patient Transport Service until he retired in April 2015. He then returned to the role of Associate Director (Projects) where he is still currently employed.

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