Long serving staff at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) were praised for their commitment to the Trust and its service users at a celebratory event this week – the same week the NHS turns 71.
The awards, which took place on Wednesday 3 July at The Irish Centre, Camden, were a chance to commend 13 colleagues who have reached key milestones in their career at C&I including 25, 30 and 40+ years.
Staff enjoyed an afternoon tea alongside an introduction speech from Trust Chair, Leisha Fullick and formal presentations from Acting Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Strategy & Business Development, Darren Summers and Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Sally Quinn.
Leisha Fullick said: “This week, the NHS celebrates its 71st birthday, and in this room we have a combined 393 years of long service and dedication to the NHS and its service users and patients. Over the years you have seen many changes in the NHS, including in government, technology, science and innovation. And in this time you have also helped our service users on their journey of recovery, and supported their families and carers.”
Leisha added: “The colleagues receiving certificates today are commended for their hard work and contribution to the field of mental health, and I would like to say a heartfelt thank you for your continued service.”
Kay Frost, C&I Clinical Psychologist was presented with the longest serving award – having worked at the Trust for 47 years. In 1972 Kay got a job as a clinical psychologist at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine and since then she has been part of many transitions and expansions of mental health services.
Kay’s career has included working at Friern Hospital and with the Community Mental Health team. Most recently, Kay has been involved with the development the Complex Depression, Anxiety and Trauma team (CDAT) where Kay works to this day.
Kay said: “During my time at Camden and Islington, I’ve worked with many great teams and so many good people and I’ve always enjoyed what I have been doing. In particular for the past few years with the CDAT team, I have been very fortunate to have been doing work I find endlessly interesting with a wonderful, supporting, creative, amazing team and managers which is probably why I’ve stayed around for so long!”