Staff at the Trust have celebrated more than 650 years’ service at a Long Service Awards presentation.
The celebrations hosted by Director of Strategy and Performance Anne Baines shone the spotlight on staff who have reached key milestones in their years of service for the Trust, ranging from 15 to 40 years.
Welcoming staff and their guests to the event, Chairman John Edwards said, “Some of you have committed the whole of your working lives to Dudley, and on behalf of the Board of Directors I’d like to thank you all for your commitment over the years.
“We know that our staff are our best and most valuable asset and it is great to be able to thank them, in a small way, for working hard every day to give our patients the very best care.”
Chief Executive Paula Clark also praised the efforts of the staff being celebrated.
“The Trust and the NHS as a whole is going through some very difficult times, and it is times like these that our longest serving colleagues are so invaluable, both for their experience and expertise, and their ability to act as role models for the rest of us.
“Tonight is about celebrating this loyalty and dedication, and letting you know that your contribution to the Trust and to our patients has not gone unnoticed.
“We are extremely grateful to you all, and after what has been a very challenging year, it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate something positive.”
Award recipients were presented with a long service certificate and a badge, as well as a glassware gift for those celebrating 30 years or more. Recipients and their guests were treated to a celebratory tea and slice of long service cake made especially for the event.
For the first time, recipients celebrating 30 years of service or more were also presented with a handcrafted glassware gift made locally at the Ruskin Glass Centre in Amblecote.