18 November 2022

Over 600 members of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals staff recognised for more than 15,000 years’ dedicated service

Over 600 members of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals staff have been recognised for more than 15,000 years’ service to the NHS at a special ceremony this week. The awards included four people who had achieved 50 years’ service to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust or its predecessor organisations.

Kirsten Major, Trust Chief Executive, said: “It was an absolute privilege to be able to recognise so many staff this week for their incredible service to the Trust and our patients. Every one of our 18,000 colleagues play a part in us being able to deliver the care people need and on so many occasions our staff go above and beyond their paid roles to do this with kindness, compassion and unrelenting professionalism. The years of service they have given to the Trust is truly remarkable, and their contributions will have helped to improve the lives of countless people. We are privileged to have them as part of our team and are very proud to present them with these awards.”

Janet Pearson, a Highly Specialist Clinical Neurophysiologist and Epilepsy Surgery Co-Ordinator, was one of the staff members to celebrate reaching the amazing landmark of 50 years’ service.

Her long career initially began at Sheffield Royal Infirmary and took in roles in areas including intensive care, the special care baby unit and theatres. 20 years ago, an Epilepsy Surgery Programme was set up at the Royal Hallamshire and Janet became the co-ordinator for the programme, performing both clinical and administrative work to improve the lives of people with intractable epilepsy.

She said: “It’s hard to believe that when I left school, I didn’t think I had the constitution to become a nurse. I applied for a job in what I thought was a laboratory. Little did I know that my chosen career pathway would take me to many high intensity clinical areas, caring directly for patients. I have loved my role within the NHS and have been proud to say I work for the Trust.”

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