Members of staff who have given 25 and 40 years of service to the NHS have been recognised at an event held by Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The lunchtime celebration event, which took place at Hollins Hall Hotel in Baildon, saw long-serving staff members and their guests come together along with members of the Trust’s Board of Directors. The members of staff were invited to take the stage to receive an award from the Trust’s Chair, Mike Smith, and Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Sandra Knight, recognising their dedication and service to the NHS.

Twenty-six members of staff were honoured at the event, with a total of over 725 years of NHS service between them. Among those celebrating 25 years of service were nurses, administration and hospitality staff, health visitors who look after new mums and their babies, and psychiatric specialists. Members of staff from health visiting teams, the complex care team which provides specialist support to help people live well while managing a range of health issues, and the Trust’s safeguarding team were also recognised for dedicating 40 years of service to the NHS.

Barbara Keiss, Key Account Manager at Sovereign Health Care which supported the event, said: “It’s been a pleasure to be able to attend this event. It’s so humbling to hear about the brilliant work that healthcare professionals carry out in our local communities and these members of staff absolutely deserve recognition for their many years of dedication to the NHS.”

Each long-serving member of staff shared what they wanted to be when they were growing up, with answers ranging from a nurse to a nun. They then listened as positive feedback and funny anecdotes from their managers were read out, reflecting on their careers in the NHS. Managers’ comments included: “Puts patients at the heart of every task undertaken”; “a pillar of support to the team”; “uses years of experience and knowledge to help others”; and “passionate about safeguarding vulnerable adults and children”.

Trust Chair, Mike Smith, said: “Marking 25 or 40 years of service within the NHS is an achievement to be celebrated. I would like to acknowledge how important it is for our Trust to have this wealth of experience and knowledge supporting people who use our services users and staff in the delivery of high-quality services. Our staff are our greatest asset and I’d like to thank all our long-serving colleagues for their commitment to the NHS.”