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Congratulations to our amazing Long Service Award recipients!

Our long service award winners all pose with their certificates with members of our executive team.
05 March 2024

36 members of our Sheffield Children’s community reached impressive milestones in 2023 and had the chance to celebrate their long service together at a lunch event.

Between them, these amazing individuals have over 760 years of experience at Sheffield Children’s, and they swapped stories of their time here, reminisced over old memories and discussed the growth and development across many of our services during their time here.

Ruth Brown, Chief Executive at Sheffield Children’s, delivered a speech at the event. She said: “I was 17 when I joined the NHS, and although it’s really changed in many ways, I still love it as much now as I did then. Coming into Sheffield Children’s is just amazing because everything that we do is for our children, young people and their families – it’s a real privilege.

We have nearly 4,000 colleagues and we’ve all got different roles, whether we’re out in the community or in the hospital, or lots of other spaces in between. Events like this are great for bringing colleagues together from CAMHS, and Domestics, the wards, wherever you work.”

It’s so important for all of us to celebrate colleagues who reach these milestones and recognise their years of service.”

Some of the colleagues who came along to the event also kindly shared their stories, memories and those all-important pearls of wisdom.

Tracy Barton, an e-Systems Supervisor celebrating 30 years at Sheffield Children’s, said: “I started off as an Apprentice in 1991 and then started formally in 1993. Now, my daughter works alongside me in our team, which is fantastic. Most of the time we’re working together in the same office, so my experience at Sheffield Children’s has really come full circle for me.”

Some members of staff were keen to point out how much our Trust has grown during their time here. Tammi Wiltshire, one of our fabulous E-Rostering Officers, said: “I remember my first day really well! We had a much smaller team in 2003, I think there was just 9 of us at that time. There has been so much growth over the last twenty years. It really shows how far Sheffield Children’s has come and I can’t wait to see where we go in future.”

Rachel Harrison, Clinical Nurse Specialist, qualified as a mental health nurse in 2003 and joined Sheffield Children’s in the same year: “I was always interested in finding out why people did certain things – I still am! One thing I learned early on is that just because someone is senior to you, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give them your professional opinion. If I don’t agree with what’s being proposed, I will give my opinion, and listen to others. I worked in the community, and then at the Becton Centre when it opened. Having positive interactions with children and families is what drives me.”

Noreen West, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician for Cystic Fibrosis, added: “Sheffield Children’s has been a big part of my life, and I feel very invested in the trust. It’s been a pleasure to be here for 20 years and whilst I hope I have given a lot to the patients and the Trust. I have got an awful lot back from my colleagues and the families I have cared for. It often feels like a big family, and I think that sense of belonging is why people go the extra mile.”

And finally, Marta Cohen, Consultant Histopathologist, shared her story saying: “I’m from Argentina, but I have so many connections to Sheffield. When I moved here, in all my papers and furniture, I found a tray that someone had given us for our wedding. It was a tray of the Peak District, that was just one of many strange connections – perhaps it was meant to be! I’m happy, being at Sheffield Children’s changed my life and I would do the same again.”

Congratulations to all of our long service award recipients. You all deserve a huge round of applause, and we hope you’re proud of your fantastic accomplishment!

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