Trust staff praised for long service

Staff from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have been praised for their long service at a recent awards event.

The annual Long Service Awards took place on the 13 April and 30 people were recognised for 20 years of service.

The Trust’s chairman Sir Richard Sykes congratulated and thanked the awardees for supporting the NHS and the Trust for the past 20 years. He emphasised the value of dedicated staff like those in the room, describing them as “our greatest asset in maintaining and improving the quality of services.”

Jeremy Merret, laboratory manager who was awarded for his 20 years of service said “I think Imperial really provides the best opportunities for NHS staff.”

Maria Lukacs, rheumatology specialist nurse who also received an award said “I found it quite emotional receiving my award, I caught myself tearing up. I started at the Trust in 1993 as a registered nurse and I’ve worked my way up from there. I’m very happy – I love my job.”

There was even a set of identical twins celebrating together, Marie Napier, back office analyst for Cerner, and Ann O’Leary, senior charge nurse in critical care. Ann trained as a registered nurse in the Charing Cross Hospital School of Nursing from 1984 to 1987 and worked at a few hospitals before returning to us where she reached 20 years of service last year. She beat her twin sister Marie to the 20 year mark, who was recognised for her 20 years’ service at this year’s ceremony.

The Long Service Awards are funded by Imperial College Healthcare Charity.