13:01 Sunday 29 December 2013

Hospital staff celebrate a long list of achievements

Written byROB SMYTH

THE achievements of more than 200 members of staff from Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were celebrated during a glitzy award ceremony.

More than 160 staff, who had achieved qualifications ranging from First Aid at Work, NVQs, degrees and post-graduate degrees, were applauded for their work by chief executive Helen Ashley and chairman Chris Wood at the event at the Pirelli Staidum.

Awards were also made to staff with long service records as Dr David Anderson was honoured for completing 45 years alongside Janet Maxim, from payroll, and Petula Paul, who works alongside Dr Anderson.

Mrs Ashley said: “This was a real celebration of the hard working and dedicated individuals in our organisation who make such a big contribution to the trust.

“I never fail to be impressed by those people who go above and beyond what they need to do to acquire new skills and work on their continued professional development.

“I am also very proud to be recognising staff who have committed so many years of loyal service to the trust and the community that we all serve.”

Dr Anderson first joined Burton’s Queen’s Hospital as a newly qualified doctor in 1963, and returned permanently in 1970.

He held a variety of senior posts including consultant anaesthetist, medical director and was chief executive officer from 1995 to 2001.

He returned to anaesthetics and retired in September 2012.

Since then he has continued to work part-time advising basis.

There were awards to 40 staff for completing 25 years, 27 staff for completing 30 years and seven staff for completing 35 years service.

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