Staff with over 1200 years of NHS service between them were recognised at our first new Long Service Awards Afternoon Tea.
This week, the trust welcomed its first group of staff members to a special afternoon tea to recognise and award them for their 25, 35 or 40 years of NHS service.
The relaunch of events to recognise and celebrate staff members for their achievement and commitment to the trust and NHS is something we have been working to resurrect since the pandemic.
The first event was held at our City Hospital site, with over 40 staff members in attendance who had clocked up over 1200 years of NHS service between them! Including Matron’s, Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Estates and Facilities Management staff, Personal Assistants and Physiotherapists.
Joined by Chief Executive Anthony May, Chief Nurse Michelle Rhodes and Chief People Officer Neil Pease, there was time for reflection and plenty of story telling over fresh sandwiches and cakes, before everyone was presented with their new NHS long service badge and a certificate.
Speaking at the event, Chief Nurse Michelle Rhodes, who championed the relaunch of events to recognise long service, said, “I’m delighted to welcome you all to the first of our new quarterly events to celebrate long service, which are long overdue, so that we can recognise and celebrate the loyalty you have shown to the trust and the NHS for an amazing number of years. We thank you for your continued commitment and dedication to our patients and the community”.
In a change to how long service was previously recognised by the trust, staff will now be awarded for 25, 35 and 40 years of continuous service in any NHS setting, not at NUH only.
Once a quarter, all long service staff will now be invited to an Afternoon Tea event, held at one of our hospital sites, where they will be awarded for their long service. We would like to congratulate all staff who have reached their milestone 25, 35 or 40 years of NHS service this year.
For any questions or queries about long service awards, staff can contact firstname.lastname@example.org