NHS staff thanked for their long service


A group of NHS staff with 900 years of service between them have been congratulated at special events held by South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust. At the ceremonies, held in Wakefield and Huddersfield, the 35 members of staff received certificates and gift vouchers in recognition of their many years of dedicated service.

One of the staff, Polly Baxter, a senior community nurse in the disabled children’s team based in Halifax, has worked in the NHS for nearly 26 years. She said, "I really like my job, I always have done and I’m happy here. I’m part of a great team, and I love working with disabled children and their families."

Another amongst those receiving an award was Trust human resources director Alan Davis, who has been involved with awards scheme for several years. Alan said "The NHS is an excellent employer, and I’m proud to have worked here for 25 years. There’s a sense of community amongst NHS staff – there’s thousands of us and we’re all working for the same team."

Jan Wilson, acting chair, and Steven Michael, chief executive, presented the awards. Jan said, "This event is an opportunity for the Trust to thank staff for their remarkable contribution to the NHS. Their tireless commitment helps to improve the lives of so many local people with mental health problems and learning disabilities. It is a privilege to work with such hard working, dedicated people."

NHS staff thanked for their long service

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