Medal Information Request

Martin Metcalf made this Freedom of Information request to South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust,

Please confirm how many Ambulance Service (Emergency) Long Service and Good Conduct Medals the Trust/Service has issued in total, with breakdown by financial year since 1995.

If possible please provide the figures for previous incorporated Ambulance Services prior to amalgamation (if applicable).

Please provide a breakdown by skillset (eg. Paramedic, Ambulance Technician, ECA/ECSW/Associate Practitioner etc.).

Please provide a breakdown by Gender.

Please provide a naming example and whether rank/ skillset is or has ever been included (eg. John Smith/ Mr John Smith/ Paramedic John Smith etc).

Does the Trust/Service use honorifics or post-nominals on the naming (eg. Dr, Rev, BA, BSc, MBE, BEM, MC, QGM).

Has any awardee refused to accept the Medal?

Has any awardee returned the Medal back for any reason?

Has any awardee had the award of the Medal revoked?

What does an individual award cost the Trust/Service at public or private expense?

Does the Trust/Service hold an award ceremony or is the medal awarded “over the desk”?

How many Queens Ambulance Service Medals has the Trust/Service recommended for award to members of staff and how many have actually been awarded?

How many MBEs Medals has the Trust/Service recommended for award to members of staff and how many have actually been awarded?

How many BEMs has the Trust/Service recommended for award to members of staff and how many have actually been awarded?

How many Queens Gallantry Medals has the Trust/Service recommended for award to members of staff and how many have actually been awarded?

How many Medals not named above has the Trust/Service recommended for award to members of staff and how many have actually been awarded; if applicable, what were the medals recommended?

Yours faithfully,

Martin Metcalf

Information Governance, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Martin Metcalf

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding staff awards which we
received on 8 March 2018.

 

We will deal with this request in accordance with your right of access to
information we hold under the Freedom of Information Act and I attach a
leaflet containing further information about both your rights and our
obligations under this legislation. You will see from this that we are not
obliged to generate information we do not already hold in order to provide
what we are asked for, such as by collating data or formulating direct
answers to questions, but you are entitled to receive copies of records
(or extracts from them) that contain the information you have requested.

 

We will research the information you have requested and we will respond
providing what we hold no later than 9 April 2018 in accordance with the
timescales set by the Act.

 

We will inform you if:

a) We are unable to provide you with any of the information you have
requested, and explain the reason for this; and

b) Any fee that is payable for the information we are able to provide.

 

In the meantime, if you have any queries or require clarification on any
aspect of your request or how we will respond, please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Regards

 

Kate Minett | Acting Assistant Information Governance Manager

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

[1]cid:[email address]

 

Direct Line 01392 453 872

Web [2]www.swast.nhs.uk

E-Mail [3][email address]

Abbey Court, Eagle Way, Exeter EX2 7HY

 

 

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Information Governance, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Martin Metcalf

 

I refer to our acknowledgement on 13 March 2018 of your request for
information regarding staff awards under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act.  We are able to provide the following information:

 

 

Information requested Our response

 
1. Please confirm how many  
Ambulance Service (Emergency)
Long Service and Good Conduct Year Number of medals Male Female
Medals the Trust/Service has awardees awardees
issued in total, with breakdown 2008 113 100 13
by financial year since 1995. 2009 48 42 6
2010 34 26 8
  2011 30 21 9
2012 39 30 9
If possible please provide the 2013 23 10 13
figures for previous 2014 38 29 9
incorporated Ambulance Services 2015 68 49 19
prior to amalgamation (if 2016 45 33 12
applicable). 2017 58 39 19

   

The table above includes information
regarding employees who have received the
Queen’s 20 Year Long Service and Good
Conduct Medal (the Medal) for 2008
onwards. We do not hold complete records
prior to this date.

 

We do not have a record of awards made by
other ambulance services prior to their
amalgamation with South Western Ambulance
Service.

 
2. Please provide a breakdown The Medal has been awarded to staff across
by skillset (eg. Paramedic, a range of roles including paramedics,
Ambulance Technician, emergency care assistants, operational
ECA/ECSW/Associate Practitioner managers, clinicians and trainers.
etc.).
 
 
We consider that providing a breakdown by
job title would potentially allow
individual staff members to be identified.
In some cases there is only one employee
with a particular job title within the
Trust so specifying the job title could
allow the individual post holder to be
identified. We do not consider that
awardees would reasonably expect to be
identified in the public sphere. As such,
we consider this information to be exempt
from disclosure under s.40 of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.

 
3. Please provide a breakdown Please see question 1 above.
by Gender.

 
4. Please provide a naming The Medal shows first name and surname
example and whether rank/ only.
skillset is or has ever been
included (eg. John Smith/ Mr
John Smith/ Paramedic John
Smith etc).

 
5. Does the Trust/Service use Please see question 4 above.
honorifics or post-nominals on
the naming (eg. Dr, Rev, BA,
BSc, MBE, BEM, MC, QGM).

 
6. Has any awardee refused to We have not identified records that
accept the Medal? indicate that an awardee has refused a
Medal.
 
7. Has any awardee returned the We have not identified records that
Medal back for any reason? indicate that an awardee has returned a
Medal.
 
8. Has any awardee had the We have not identified records that
award of the Medal revoked? indicate that a Medal has been revoked.

 
9. What does an individual The current cost is £27 plus VAT per medal
award cost the Trust/Service at which is covered by the Trust.
public or private expense?
 
 
10. Does the Trust/Service hold The Trust currently holds three awards
an award ceremony or is the services annually, one for each of the
medal awarded “over the desk”? three Trust geographical divisions.

   
11. How many Queens Ambulance We do not hold this information prior to
Service Medals has the 2016.
Trust/Service recommended for
award to members of staff and  
how many have actually been
awarded? In 2016 two Trust staff members were
nominated and one received the award.
 
 
12. How many MBEs Medals has One Trust staff member received an OBE in
the Trust/Service recommended 2015.
for award to members of staff
and how many have actually been
awarded?

 
13. How many BEMs has the Please see question 12 above.
Trust/Service recommended for
award to members of staff and
how many have actually been
awarded?

 
14. How many Queens Gallantry Please see question 12 above.
Medals has the Trust/Service
recommended for award to
members of staff and how many
have actually been awarded?

 
15. How many Medals not named Please see question 12 above.
above has the Trust/Service
recommended for award to
members of staff and how many
have actually been awarded; if
applicable, what were the
medals recommended?

 

 

We are aware that the format of our standard FOI response can come out a
little strangely on the What Do They Know website so I have also attached
the response in a word document for your convenience.

 

Please note that, under the Re-use of Public Sector Information
Regulations, if you wish to publish or otherwise use this information
besides for your own means, you will need to seek our permission to do so.

 

Please feel free to contact me if you require further clarification of the
information provided, or to discuss any aspect of the way in which we have
responded to your request.  However, if you are dissatisfied with our
response, you also have the right to make use of the following complaints
procedures:

 

In the first instance you may write to the Chief Executive of this Trust

 

Mr Ken Wenman

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Abbey Court

Eagle Way

Exeter  EX2 7HY

 

Mr Wenman will then either make arrangements for your complaint to be
reviewed and for the outcome to be communicated to you, or will convene a
panel of Trust Directors to consider an appeal against a decision to
withhold information.

 

If you are unhappy with the response to your complaint, or findings of the
Panel, you can contact the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office,

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane,                                 

Wilmslow,

Cheshire.  SK9 5AF

 

Tel: 01625 545 700

Fax: 01625 524 510

 

Regards

 

Kate Minett | Acting Assistant Information Governance Manager

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

[1]cid:[email address]

 

Direct Line 01392 453 872

Web [2]www.swast.nhs.uk

E-Mail [3][email address]

Abbey Court, Eagle Way, Exeter EX2 7HY

 

 

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