Sometimes in life you meet people who completely humble you, writes East Midlands Ambulance Service LiA Lead Mark Dawn.
"Last week at one of our LiA Colleague Conversations at Market Rasen Racecourse in Lincolnshire, myself and others had the privilege of being in the company of a man who had spent all his working life caring for patients on the road, in one guise or another, as an ambulance frontline worker.
My fellow LiA leads and I had persuaded this man to come to this LiA Conversation on a recent visit to the ambulance station where he is based. It is fair to say he was undoubtedly sceptical about LiA.
In the room yesterday he was very quiet to begin with. But after engaging with colleagues and sharing ideas (as well as one or two jokes!) he shared with us all that he had done 41 years with the ambulance service.
He instantly received a spontaneous, rapturous round of applause from the entire room.
The gentleman’s only request directly to our Chief Executive, Sue Noyes - who was attending her third LiA Conversation of the week - was that the organisation listen to those in the service who know the job inside-out.
When the event was winding down, I spoke with him and he said how much he had enjoyed the event and how he wants to be involved, moving forward, at a local level influencing/driving change – even if he is retired by then!
If he, after four decades of hard work on the frontline of a demanding ambulance service, can make this commitment to driving our service forward through the spread of LiA, then any of us can.
I am immensely inspired by this man, as I’m sure many others who were at this LiA event are too.
If the plethora of comments we had written on tablecloths are anything to go by, it certainly looks like this is the case!"