The East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has been recognised by Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England for recent improvements.
In recent years, the service, to which 999 calls in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire go, has missed key response-time targets.
But it has run a successful recruitment campaign to fill vacancies for paramedics and emergency care assistants.
More effective management arrangements have also been implemented to enable improved performance and staff support while relationships with partners have also progressed.
Chief officer for NHS Erewash, Rakesh Marwaha, said: “I am pleased that EMAS has developed clear plans to improve performance in a sustainable way.”