Sheena's blog: Recognising best practice

by Sheena Cumiskey - 03 November 2016

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of co-hosting our annual Recognition of Service Awards.

As ever, the event was our opportunity to shine a light on those staff members who have achieved 20 or more years of service with us.

We were joined at Sycamore House by over 60 colleagues from many different services across the trust, who between them had clocked up an astonishing 3004 years of service between them. This included 5 people celebrating over 40 years, and one colleague – Triage Nurse Imelda Small – who has amazingly achieved over 50 years of service in the NHS. What a star!

All the wonderful staff members that we celebrated on the day have dedicated their careers to ensuring that vulnerable people in our communities receive the best possible care and support. It was an absolute privilege to be given the opportunity to applaud such an inspirational group.

I’m always so proud of the commitment shown by all our staff to deliver outstanding care for those who access our services. Being able to sustain this compassion and courage for so long is a testament to the character of everyone we celebrated. They fully deserved their time in the spotlight.

I believe that recognising achievement is a hugely important aspect to our responsibility as care providers. This week, you may have read about a small fire that broke out in a bathroom on Adelphi Ward in the Millbrook Unit. Staff and patients were safely evacuated and all the beds have now reopened.

I’d like to say a special thank you to all staff present at the scene for their quick and calm response. Their joint working with the fire and police services was exceptional and showed our tried and tested emergency procedures in action.

On Thursday, staff at Adelphi  were  joined by our Chair Mike Maier, who awarded the team with an extraordinary Going The Extra Mile Award for their tremendous commitment to ensuring the safety of patients and one another during the incident.

Finally, as the temperature begins to drop sharply, I’d just like to remind staff that getting your flu jab is now as important as ever.

To have greatest impact on reducing incidents of flu, the national target for front-line NHS staff to receive the vaccination is 75%. We must do our best to protect people in our communities from the potentially life-threatening dangers of flu.

If you have not done so already, please do try to get your free flu jab from one of the many flu jab clinics taking place in your area.

Best wishes,


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