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Derby Hospitals’ staff honoured at Long Service Awards

        31 July 2012


Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has honoured 171 employees who have worked for the NHS for either 25 or 40 years at a Long Service Awards ceremony.

Now an annual event, these awards celebrate the achievements of those who have dedicated their careers to helping and supporting people living locally.

Chief executive of Derby Hospitals, Sue James, along with Karen Martin, director of workforce management, presented each winner with a badge and a certificate in recognition of their hard work and commitment.

Karen Martin said: “We have a lot to be proud of as a Trust and this is due to the hard work and dedication of all of our staff. These awards acknowledge and celebrate their commitment in providing the best care and support for the people of Derbyshire. Together they celebrated over 4,425 years in the NHS.

Not only did Sue James present staff with their Long Service Awards, but she also received one herself for over 25 years service to the NHS.

John Gould, hospital organist, received an award for his amazing record of 56 years’ service. He said: “The first time I played in the hospital chapel was back in 1946 when I was 13 and in short trousers. I had been taking organ lessons, and my music teacher felt that I needed more practice and suggested playing the organ on an ad hoc basis in the hospital chapel on a Sunday. I continued to play the organ at the chapel when they needed me, until I took on the post permanently in 1956, following the retirement of last organist, and have been playing every Sunday since and will continue to do so for as long as I can.”

Married couple Jane and Scott Jarvis received their 25 years’ long service award. Jane and Scott first met in 1987 when Scott was a finance trainee and Jane an expenses clerk. Twenty-five years later they are still working in finance, with Scott now the deputy director of finance and information and Jane working in pay services.

Scott said: “Although not originally from Derby, I have spent the last 25 years living and working here. Jane and I first met in 1987 in the finance department at Marlborough House on Charnwood Street, and married in 1991 after I had finished my accountancy qualifications. I have never felt the need to move away to further my career because there were always career opportunities here in Derby. I was involved in the Foundation Trust application and the business case for the PFI (private finance investment) to build the new hospital we see today. I am immensely proud of what we have achieved and see it now as ‘my hospital’.”

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For further information, please contact:

Liz Smith

Communications Officer
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
liz.smith@derbyhospitals.nhs.uk    
01332 785778