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Published: 20 June 2014

Surrey professor recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Visiting Professor Andy Newton awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal (QAM) for distinguished service.

Professor Newton was appointed as a Visiting Professor of the University of Surrey in 2009 and contributes to research, curriculum development and teaching on our Paramedic Practice degree.

Chair of the College of Paramedics, he was among the first paramedics to qualify in the UK, one of the first to fly with the London Helicopter Medical Service and has been at the forefront of developing the paramedic profession and paramedic degree courses in the UK.

The country’s first consultant paramedic, Professor Newton was heavily involved in the introduction of Paramedic Practitioners and Critical Care Paramedics at South East Coast Ambulance Service Trust where he is now Director of Clinical Operations.

He’s just one of just a handful of paramedics to have ever received the QAM, which was introduced in 2012 and honours a very small, select group of ambulance personnel who have shown exceptional devotion to duty, outstanding ability, merit and conduct in their roles within NHS Ambulance Services.

Professor Newton said, “I’m delighted to receive the Queens Ambulance Medal and regard it as recognition for both the ambulance service and paramedic profession as a whole. I feel both fortunate and privileged to have been involved in the ambulance service for so many years and regard the constantly improving clinical care that can now be routinely be provide to patients as the single most significant advance in the last three decades.

“With every prospect that the role of paramedics and the ambulance service will continue to expand further, I look forward to being involved in future developing the role we play in improving patient care and outcomes.”

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