24 Feb 2022
Jason Morris, one of London’s Air Ambulance’s longest-serving flight paramedics, has collected his Queen’s Ambulance Medal, recognising 22 years of service to Londoners in need.
On Tuesday 22 February, Jason received the Queen’s Ambulance Medal from HRH Princess Anne. The award is an impressive achievement, one given to those who demonstrate outstanding ability, merit and conduct within their role.
Jason joined London Ambulance Service in 1999, where he progressed from emergency medical technician to paramedic, through to clinical team leader. He completed his first secondment with London's Air Ambulance in 2009.
While working with London's Air Ambulance he has helped to design the dispatch screens which filter calls to the paramedics working in the London Ambulance Service Emergency Operations Centre. He was also involved in the development of the London's Air Ambulance dispatch app, which means that calls deemed suitable for the team are now sent within moments to iPads held by the medical team and pilots; enabling tasking to an incident to happen within seconds.
He has also taken on a leading role in training and developing London’s Air Ambulance’s team of doctors and paramedics.
It’s such an honour to be recognised in this way, and it really has been the highlight of my career. To be nominated by my colleagues makes receiving this award even more special. From my point of view I’m just part of the team and it wouldn’t be possible for me to do my job every day without the support of everyone else around me.
This is my dream job. I love what I do and I wouldn’t ever want to do anything else.
Jason spearheaded improvements in London Ambulance Service’s 999 and 111 control rooms by harnessing new technology. This includes introducing GoodSAM Instant-on-Scene: technology that allows clinicians to remotely access a caller’s smartphone camera to quickly understand the patient’s injuries and needs. Since being introduced in 2019, it has been used over 80,000 times and helped save many lives across London.
Most recently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jason devoted hours protecting London Ambulance Service staff, volunteers and patients from the virus by ensuring medics had the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).
Chief Executive of London Ambulance Service, Daniel Elkeles, said: “It is wonderful Jason has been recognised in this way. Jason has dedicated his career to improving patient care, and empowering and supporting our staff and volunteers. Jason’s achievements just go to show what can be possible when you work for the ambulance service, and is testament to just how talented and caring our staff and volunteers are.”