Staff with more than 5,500 years of NHS experience we’re honoured at a special ceremony this week.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust held its annual long service for those with more than 20 years’ NHS service and staff achievement awards.
Trust Chief Executive, Wendy Swift, said: “This is always a special event for us as it gives us the opportunity to thank our staff for the fantastic contribution they have made over many years to the Trust and the NHS as a whole.
“A major part of our “Together We Can’’ five year strategy involves improving the staff experience because we want to make sure we do all we can to keep our staff at the Trust by caring for their welfare and developing them as individuals to help them, their team and most importantly their patients.
“This year we have more than 210 members of staff celebrating more than 20 years of working in the NHS which is a tremendous achievement. Those 218 people together, have accumulated 5,720 years between them for working in the National Health Service all this time.’’
The Trust had 175 members of staff nominated for a Personal Achievement Award covering a wide range of qualifications ranging from Masters level, degrees, NVQs to work based accreditations.
Trust Chairman, Ian Johnson, praised those receiving these awards.
He said: “This is a huge credit to everyone because we know that most people study for these awards in their own time.
“You all have challenging jobs and work long hours to use your own time to study for further qualifications to you help you provide a better service for others deserves a huge amount of credit. Staff should feel very proud of your achievements.’’