Long service honoured at NHS 70 birthday celebrations

More than 200 colleagues had their dedication to the NHS recognised as part of our NHS70 birthday celebrations at our Long Service Awards event.

The sun shone as a band played to welcome people to Hall Place in Bexley on Friday (29 June) for a celebratory tea party and presentation, hosted by Chair, Andy Trotter and James Brokenshire, MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup.

Staff who have reached the milestones of 20 years and 30 years of service with Oxleas and 25 years and 40 years’ service within the NHS were invited and received certificates and pin badges.

In addition to the presentation of the awards, there was also an historical exhibition showcasing NHS developments since its birth in 1948 and charting the history of Oxleas NHS.

A short film was produced which included colleagues’ fond memories of working within the NHS and was shown as part of the presentation.

In welcoming everyone to the event, Andy Trotter, Chair, said: “Today is a celebration of 70 years of the NHS and recognition of all the service here in this room – people who have given so much of their working lives, people with the right values, people who care, people who are highly professional and make a difference, every day, to the lives of our patients.”

James Brokenshire, MP, said: “It’s a genuine pleasure and privilege to be here to recognise the incredible contribution that all of you have made. So many people have been touched in an incredibly positive way by the NHS over the past 70 years at times in their lives which may be difficult. Thank you for all your kindness, care and compassion – it makes the NHS so special.”

Helen Smith, Acting Chief Executive, said: “It is fantastic to see so many colleagues here, to celebrate their dedication and the pride we all feel for our NHS.”

All the pictures from the day area available to view below.

NHS 70 - Long Service Awards

You can also view the full version or shorter version of the films here.

Published on 3rd July 2018