Almost 70 staff from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) have been honoured at a ceremony to thank them for 25 years of dedicated service.
The annual ceremony, which was this year held on the 11 October, was hosted by Margaret Oldfield, Chairman of TRFT and Chief Executive Brian James. This year’s ceremony will be the last one hosted by Margaret Oldfield as she leaves her post as Chairman at the end of this month.
Amongst those collecting long service awards was Val Wallett, who is currently Corporate Secretariat Supervisor at the Trust. Val has worked at Rotherham Hospital since 1986 when she dealt with student nurse recruitment in the School of Nursing, a department which later moved to be based at the University of Sheffield.
Following four-and-a-half years in the school of nursing, Val moved to Resource Management Information, which eventually became Information & Planning, as Secretary to the Director of Information and Planning where she stayed for almost ten years. Val then moved to the Chief Executive’s Office as Personal Assistant to the Chairman and Chief Executive and following a departmental restructure last year, Val took on the role of Corporate Secretariat Supervisor.
Val Commented: “I can’t believe where the past 25 years have gone and can’t believe it’s now got to the point where I qualify for the award! “I think the reason I’ve stayed here so long is that it’s always been such a happy place to work: small enough to get to know a lot of people but large enough to offer opportunities for advancement and different areas of work. The advice I’d give to anyone just starting out in the world of work would be to try to enjoy your work and enjoy the people you work with, you spend a lot of your life at work and enjoying what you do is important.”
Margaret Oldfield, Chairman at TRFT, commented: “The Long Service Awards are always a highlight of my year.
“Over the past 25 years healthcare has changed significantly but what hasn’t changed is the commitment of the people here at the Trust. It is the people here at Rotherham that make the difference and I hope that all our long serving members of staff are very proud of what they have achieved.
“It is overwhelming to be amongst 1750 years of long service!”
Rotherham Community Health Staff who have joined the Trust will be integrated into the ceremony for next year’s awards.