The 43-year-old who is head of ambulance services in Forth Valley was recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
Speaking to the Advertiser, he said, “I’m extremely honoured to be selected to receive the award. On a daily basis a number of staff in the Scottish Ambulance Service demonstrate care to patients of the highest degree and they should be recognised as well.”
He added, “I would like to thank Her Majesty and the Scottish Ambulance Service board for the nomination and my wife and children who have supported me throughout my career. But first and foremost it is about the patients. That’s why I’m here and why others are here – to serve the public.”
Jim joined the service in 1991 as an ambulance care assistant in the Scottish Borders after serving in the British army for five years. Based in Galashiels, he quickly progressed to the emergency service and qualified as a paramedic in 1995.
It wasn’t until 2001 that he was promoted to his first operational management role as Regional Emergency Planning Officer where he worked with multi-agency partners to develop major incident plans. Over the next 10 years Jim planned high profile major events, attended major incidents and worked on a range of resilience related roles including a secondment to the Scottish Government’s multi-agency Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear team to develop UK policy and procedures. He also developed command and emergency training programmes for the service.
In 2011 Jim was appointed Head of Ambulance Services for the Forth Valley sub-division where he remains and is responsible for emergency and non-emergency ambulance service cover in the area.
Pauline Howie, chief executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service said, “I am sure everyone in the service will share in my congratulations to Jim who has shown the highest standard dedication and care for patients and colleagues throughout his career.”