A HUDDERSFIELD ambulance official has won a top award.
Cathryn James, clinical effectiveness manager for the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service NHS Trust, has been named Manager of the Year at the Health and Social Care Awards 2005.
She beat off stiff competition from four other finalists to take the Northern region title.
Her success was announced during a gala dinner and awards presentation at Manchester United Football Club.
She now awaits her fate at the national awards later this year.
She said: "I didn't even know I had been nominated until my colleagues told me I had reached the regional finals.
"I am absolutely thrilled to have won and would like to thank everyone at WYMAS for their continued support."
Cathryn, who lives in Huddersfield, started in 1981 as a cadet at Honley ambulance station.
Her professionalism and excellent patient care paved the way for a career in the ambulance service.
Cathryn is also the mum of two young children.
Her role has seen her take a lead in studies and new initiatives to improve patient care.
Earlier this year she and a team of Bradford emergency crews worked closely with nurses from Bradford South and West Primary Care Trust to assess elderly and vulnerable patients who had fallen in the home.
The project helped to prevent further falls and educate patients.
The project was highly commended at the West Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority Modernisation Awards.
WYMAS Chief Executive Kevin Ellis said: "I have been personally impressed with Cathryn's hard work and commitment to improving patient care and her modest approach to the progress and achievements accomplished."