Having notched up over 802 years of NHS service between them, a group of Kirklees staff from the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have received long service awards at a special event held in Huddersfield.
The staff – who have all worked for 25 years and more in the NHS – work at a range of mental health and learning disability services across Kirklees including St. Luke’s Hospital, Huddersfield, and the Priestley Unit at the Dewsbury & District Hospital. The long serving staff from a wide variety of services, both clinical and support services were presented with certificates and gift vouchers at the event held at the Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield. Maureen Miller, a community sister, was among the staff who received an award. Maureen said, “Altogether I’ve worked for the NHS for nearly 30 years! I started work in 1969 and have been part of teams that have used many breakthrough treatments including massage and aromatherapy. I’ve enjoyed it all and really love my job – especially working with clients and other members of staff." Trust chief executive Steven Michael, who presented the awards and also received an award for his own 25 years of service, said, “This event is a great opportunity for the Trust to thank our long serving staff for their remarkable contribution to the NHS. Their hard work and dedication helps to improve the lives of so many people with mental health problems and learning disabilities in the area. I’m delighted to present these awards as a token of our appreciation of the commitment shown by these members of staff and to show we are proud of them all.”