Long service awards

It was a great pleasure to attend the Long Service Awards dinner on the 24th September 2015.
The occasion was to celebrate and thank members of staff who had worked for the Trust for 25 consecutive years and between them have completed 1,175 years in total!  As always the Chairman took a few minutes to reflect back on what was happening in the world when these members of staff started all those years ago:

So what did happen in 1990?
• Launch of the Hubble Space Telescope
• Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister
• Tim Berners-Lee created the first web server and the foundation for the World Wide Web which was released to the public in 1991
• The Leaning Tower of Pisa closed to the public because of safety concerns
• Mikhail Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace prize
• Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster prison near Cape Town after 27 years behind bars.
• Community Charge (Poll tax) was introduced in England and Wales amid widespread protests
• Destruction of the Berlin Wall officially started in June 1990.
• Best film Oscar Winner ‘Dances with Wolves’
• Other films released – Ghost, Pretty Woman, Home Alone.

The format of the evening was as follows:
• Welcome drinks reception
• Chairman’s speech 
• Read citations and welcome each person individually onto the stage to receive their certificate and vouchers
• Dinner
• Photographs
• Mingle and chat with guests

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This year 49 members of staff plus their partners or colleagues attended the evening and let me say they don’t half scrub up well! Some of their memories of the early days reminded me just how much some things have changed in the health service – and for the better. Here’s a flavour of some of the comments:
‘I started work in Medical records aged 17, times were very different, no computers just roladex cards and microfiche to look up patients. Looking for notes was very scary; in Consultant’s car boots and on my hands & knees in offices that were smoke filled and had glass decanters on desks’ 
‘ I have grown with the Trust through births, marriage and deaths and with support and encouragement from colleagues and managers have had development to enable me to progress’
 ‘I enjoy working here, you can never get bored because you have a variety of tasks to perform, I get on well with all my colleagues. Thank you for employing me, it has been a pleasure’ 
‘I started work as temporary clerical officer in 1988, in the finance department back in the days of having a computer but no internet, desks full of ashtrays and no-one had heard of efficiency targets!’ 
‘We face daily challenges in a very busy office, working with a brilliant team, in the 25 years I have been very fortunate to have been encouraged and supported by great mentors and have made lifelong friends.’
’ I consider myself lucky to have had such a vast and varied career, taken opportunities as they arose, I enjoy teaching and sharing my knowledge and skills, I’ve met some amazing patients and their families and most of all made lots of memories along the way’ 
‘ I wouldn’t change a thing about my working life, I love my job, the place I work in and the people I work with. It’s like my second family’
We celebrated our nurses, laundry assistants, chefs, consultants, radiographers, physiologists, estates, facilities, porters, medical photographers and everyone inbetween supported by members of the executive team and governors. 

There are 2 special people who deserve a special mention and who work tirelessly to make this celebration a success: Alison Oliver and Shirley White. All the work that goes on behind the scenes to make it appear effortless is done by them on top of the day job. Hats off to them because it works very well and gets better and better each year!
And of course thanks to our super photographer Linda Viney who rounds everyone up into the right position and makes sure she captures only the best side!

Please visit our Facebook page to view all the images from the evening:

Of course the event wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our staff, their loyalty and support and their determination to work together, to continuously improve and change their services for our patients. Working on the front line they have seen what needs to be done…..and done it. I very much hope they will keep doing it for the next 25 years!

Karen Partington