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Trust celebrates 1,230 years of service

​Dedicated staff employed by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust who have clocked up a total of 1,230 years of NHS service have been recognised for their commitment during a special celebration event.

A total of 47 staff were presented with certificates and £100 high street shopping vouchers to thank them for their hard work. In addition, everyone who reached a milestone was invited to a celebration lunch during a meeting of NSFT's Board of Directors, which was held in Diss yesterday.

Awards for 25 years of NHS service have been given to 44 staff, while two people have been recognised for 40 years’ service. In addition, Caroline Britton, who works in a memory clinical for patients with a diagnosis of dementia in King’s Lynn, received an award for completing 50 years of service.

“I enjoy getting up in the morning and going to work,” she said. “I like the people I work with and it's a rewarding job.

“When I get amazing feedback, it’s really satisfying. Recently, the daughter of one of my patients said that if gold medals could be handed out for nursing, I would deserve one, which was really lovely.”

Antek Lejk, NSFT’s Chief Executive, said: “We are really pleased to be able to recognise the hard work and dedication of our long-serving staff, and thank them for their loyalty over the years.

“Everyone who has received a long service award has shown incredible commitment both to Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and the people we serve. We are very grateful to them.”

Gary Page, NSFT Chair, added: “We would like to offer all of our long-servers our sincere thanks and congratulations.

“Our staff are the bedrock of everything we do, and make a real difference to service users and their families every day. It is a pleasure to be able to recognise their hard work and dedication.”

To be eligible for a Long Service Award, staff have had to have spent at least 10 years of their NHS career working for NSFT, which was created on 1 January 2012, and any of its predecessor organisations.

Caption: Some of the staff who attended yesterday's Long Service Awards celebration. Third from the left is NSFT Chair Gary Page and fifth from the left is Chief Executive Antek Lejk

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