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Bangor man picks up UK Paramedic of the Year Award

Glen O'Rorke, from Bangor, with his Paramedic of the Year Award. Credit: NIAS
Glen O'Rorke, from Bangor, with his Paramedic of the Year Award. Credit: NIAS

A Bangor man has won the UK Paramedic of the Year Award.

Glen O'Rorke picked up the prize at the Ambulance Leadership Forum Conference in Warwick on Tuesday evening.

He is currently the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) operation lead for the HEMS (Air Ambulance) project for Northern Ireland, which is delivered with the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland charity.

“I felt very proud and privileged to be nominated as UK Paramedic of the Year," he said.

"It came as a huge surprise, knowing how many paramedics are out there delivering a gold standard of care – particular in NIAS.”

Mr O'Rorke shared the credit for the award, referencing the tragic events at the Greenvale Hotel on Sunday where three young people lost their lives.

"This award is a reflection of the contribution to patient care of all the teams I have worked with throughout my career – ACA’s, EMTs, Control, Paramedics and more recently the HEMS team in NI," he said.

"The ambulance service is a huge family and I pay tribute to each and every one of them and I consider it an honour to work alongside them on a daily basis.

"I would like to give a special thanks to the NIAS and Air Ambulance Northern Ireland who have given me the opportunity, and absolute privilege, to do what I love doing – working with, and for, patients.”

Dr Nigel Ruddell, NIAS medical director, said: “I think Glenn absolutely epitomises all the best qualities of the paramedic profession. In terms of providing care for patients, he has been uncompromising in his standards.

"Recently he has worked really hard to develop a team of paramedics and doctors who work alongside him on the HEMS service and, in doing so, he has raised standards for the care of serious trauma patients, right across Northern Ireland.”

Michael Bloomfield, NIAS chief executive, said: “I congratulate Glenn on this well deserved national award. It is recognition of his exceptional contribution to the establishment and delivery of the HEMS service and also reflects the high standard of care provided by everyone, every day in the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.”

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