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Children’s Air Ambulance win prestigious healthcare award

The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) has won the Adolescent and Child Health Care Team award at the Oxfordshire Health and Social Care Awards 2021.

The Children’s Air Ambulance is a national service which is changing the face of paediatric and neonatal care through the high-speed transfer of critically ill babies and children – flying them from one hospital to another for specialist care.

Two clinically designed helicopters, one based in the heart of Oxfordshire, provide flying intensive care units and work with 10 NHS paediatric retrieval teams across the UK. If a child is too sick to fly, then the Children’s Air Ambulance can fly a specialist team directly to them.

The Oxfordshire Health and Social Care Awards was set up to recognise the talent and dedication of those heroes who work in the industry, particularly during this incredibly testing year.

The aim of the awards was to champion those teams and individuals that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to care for people during the Covid pandemic.

Despite the impact the pandemic had both financially and operationally, the lifesaving charity has continued to operate vital transfer missions – achieving its 500th patient transfer – and even made medical pioneering strides forward by enabling the functionality of ECMO and nitric oxide onboard its aircraft.

The national charity was recognised for its outstanding work by the Oxford Mail and Oxford Times – at their virtual awards ceremony – where it scooped the award for the Adolescent and Child Health Care Team and placed as a finalist for the Healthcare Team award.

TCAA Manager, Alfie Daly, commented on the fantastic team achievement:

“We are thrilled to have won the prestigious award for the Adolescent and Child Health Care Team, and we are honoured to have been recognised as a finalist for the Healthcare Team Award too.

“It is extremely rewarding for all those involved with the Children’s Air Ambulance to be recognised and commended following everyone’s hard work given the challenging year we’ve all faced. Despite a significant loss in charitable income, the charity’s team have worked tirelessly so that we could continue to provide and develop our lifesaving national transfer service free of charge to the NHS and our patients.

“Everyone, including the Clinical Partner Teams we work with, has had the opportunity to work together and have an input in the decisions which have been made to ensure changes are safe, patient-centred and effective.”

Please click here to watch the awards ceremony and learn about some of the brilliant work that has been happening across the health and social care sector over the past year.