South Central Ambulance Service staff member receives prestigious national award

Oct 4, 2023 | Members e-Bulletin, News, Stakeholder eBulletin

Luci Papworth, Director of Operations – Clinical Coordination Centres at South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS), has received a prestigious national award in recognition of her outstanding contribution and commitment to the ambulance service and her positive impact on local patients.

The award was presented at the Ambulance Leadership Forum (ALF), a national ambulance sector event organised by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE), which was held at Celtic Manor, South Wales, on 2-3 October.

David Eltringham, Chief Executive Officer at SCAS, said: “We are incredibly proud of Luci for winning the prestigious ‘Outstanding Service Award’ at the Ambulance Leadership Forum. Luci is a qualified nurse who has worked in the NHS for 36 years. Her clinical background and knowledge are vital components in her day-to-day success as director of operations for the clinical coordination centres at SCAS.

“Luci is a real asset for the trust and despite challenges faced within her role, she conducts herself with complete professionalism and keeps others going. This is a thoroughly deserved award in recognition of her outstanding service, and I am delighted to pass on the congratulations of everyone here at SCAS.”

Anna Parry, Managing Director at AACE, said: “The AACE outstanding service awards give ambulance trusts the opportunity to pay tribute to one member of staff from each of our seventeen member services who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to their work during the past year.

“Whether they are frontline clinicians, control centre operatives, volunteers or working in support teams, this year’s recipients have really done themselves, their patients and their colleagues proud, with each person highly deserving of this recognition by their peers.”


Notes for editors:

  • Established in 2006 and hosted by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, the Ambulance Leadership Forum is the only annual event designed specifically for senior leaders across the UK ambulance sector. This highly respected annual conference and showcasing event brings together board members, managers, NHS system leaders, politicians, academics, and health and social care partners with key suppliers who have a direct interest in improving the UK ambulance sector. More information is available here:
  • South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) provides a range of emergency, urgent care and non-emergency healthcare services, along with commercial logistics services, to the populations of the South Central region – Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire – as well as non-emergency patient transport services in Surrey and Sussex.
  • SCAS now serves a population of six million people across the six counties and employs more than 4,000 staff who, together with over 1,000 volunteer community and co-responders, enable the organisation to attend more than 555,000 incidents via 999, handle 1.24 million calls to NHS 111 and make 866,000 patient transport service journeys every year.
  • SCAS is a foundation trust, which means it has thousands of members and a Council of Governors which form an integral part of the governance structure of the Trust. Being a foundation trust means there are more opportunities for patients and their families, staff and local residents to play a part in the future of the organisation by becoming members. Find out more here.
  • South Central Ambulance Charity raises funds to support SCAS. All the money raised by the Charity is used to enhance services, projects and equipment across the Trust. The Charity works across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire, as well as supporting patient transport services in Surrey and Sussex. Find out more here.