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The Honours and Awards Committee spring call for award nominations

Posted: 10.04.2017

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Nominations are now being sought for the following awards from the College of Paramedics.

  • Fellow of the College of Paramedics
  • Honorary Fellow of the College of Paramedics
  • Student of the Year Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Support for Her Majesty The Queen’s Honours nomination

Fellow of the College of Paramedics
The title Fellow of the College of Paramedics that includes the post-nominal of FCPara will be awarded to paramedics who are full members of the College of Paramedics and who have made an outstanding contribution to the achievement to:

  • The College of Paramedics objectives, growth and development
  • Improving paramedic professional practice and in turn patient care or population health and wellbeing
  • Development of paramedic education and in turn patient care or population health and wellbeing.

Whilst it is difficult to be prescriptive, examples of outstanding contribution would be:

  • Making a considerable direct contribution to patient care and system efficacy through the development of paramedic practice
  • Legislative changes that have improved practice and patient care
  • Work in higher education or research that has considerably improved the paramedic profession or practice
  • Exceptional contribution to the College of Paramedics or its members. This could be through increasing the membership, developing its reputation or leading developments in the College.

Nominations for Fellows need to be made by a full member, and supported by at least one other full member, through a letter of nomination and a copy of the nominee’s Curriculum Vitae.

Honorary Fellow of the College of Paramedics
The title of Honorary Fellow of the College of Paramedics may be awarded to any individual, regardless of professional background or qualification, who has made a similar contribution to the paramedic profession as full Fellows (see above). Honorary Fellows are not entitled to use a post-nominal or be members of the Honours and Awards Committee. Nominations need to be made by a full member, and supported by at least one other full member, through a letter of nomination and a copy of the nominee’s Curriculum Vitae.

Student of the Year
Student of the Year is the recognition of outstanding effort made by a student in their final year of paramedic study. Nomination will usually be by the Head of Course at the Student’s Higher Education Institution who will provide a written letter and student Curriculum Vitae.

Lifetime Award Recognition
There are occasionally individuals who have made a long and outstanding contribution to the College of Paramedics, the paramedic profession or to patient care over the whole of their career, rather than or in addition to single contributions. Nominations can be made at any time of the year and a name can be put forward to the Head of Administration during the current nominations process.

Support for Queen’s Honours
The College wishes to support appropriate nominations of Members or Associate Members of the College for Queen’s Honours, such as British Empire Medal, MBE, OBE, KBE, and Queen’s Ambulance Medal. Members wishing to propose such nominations are welcome to seek the recommendation of the Committee through this nomination submission form. Nominations recommended by the Committee and ratified by the Board of Trustees would then receive the College’s support to be submitted through the Government’s approved process.

Nomination Process
The College of Paramedics Awards are for the recognition of contributions to the paramedic profession.

We are keen to encourage all grades of membership to propose exceptional individuals for consideration in these awards. Nominations should be addressed to the Chief Executive of the College of Paramedics and should be presented on the nomination submission form available on the College website (via the link below), setting out the rationale for the award from at least two members of the College of Paramedics. A copy of the candidates’ current Curriculum Vitae should also be submitted.

Before completing the nomination, you should consider the Honours and Awards Committee terms of reference on the College of Paramedics website which gives clear guidance as to the full requirements to be considered for the award.

It is important that details of the nomination are not shared outside of the College of Paramedics administration team and those persons making the nomination. This includes not sharing the details of the nomination with the nominee.

The Honours and Awards Committee will consider all proposals. Recommendations for awards will only be enacted following ratification by the College of Paramedics Board of Trustees. The decision will be communicated to those making the nominations; appeals against the Board of Trustees’ decision will not be permitted.

When considering nominations, the Committee will need to assure themselves that the individual is a person of good standing within their profession.

Nominations will need to be sent to the Head of Administration by the 10th May 2017, penny.jones@collegeofparamedics.co.uk  

Nominations will be considered by the Honours and Awards Committee and ratified by the Board of Trustees by the end of May 2017.

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