Staff and volunteers with over 850 combined years’ KMPT service recognised at new long service awards ceremony

Date added: 15 September 2023

This week, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) welcomed KMPT long serving staff members to a special afternoon tea to recognise and reward them for their hard work and dedication.

The event was held at Chilston Park Hotel on Tuesday 12 September, with over 30 staff members in attendance who have clocked up over 850 years of KMPT service between them. This included Nurses, Matrons, Healthcare Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Support Workers, Psychologists, Advanced Clinical Practitioners and Hotel Services Operatives.

The awards were presented to staff members who this year marked 25, 30, 35 or 40 plus years’ of KMPT service alone, and volunteers who have dedicated 10, 15 and 20 plus years to the Trust.

Hosted by Chief People Officer Sandra Goatley, Chief Operating Officer Donna Hayward-Sussex, Chief Nurse Andy Cruickshank, Director of Communications and Engagement Kindra Hyttner and Non-Executive Directors Sean Bone-Knell and Mickola Wilson, there was time for reflection and storytelling over delicious sandwiches and cakes.

Trust Chair, Dr Jackie Craissati and Chief Executive, Helen Greatorex presented the attendees with their commemorative long service badge and a certificate. 

Speaking at the event, CEO Helen Greatorex, who championed the launch of KMPT’s first ever long service ceremony, said: “I am delighted to welcome you all to the first long service event so that we can recognise and celebrate the loyalty you have shown to the trust for an amazing number of years. This is a wonderful achievement and we thank you for your continued commitment and dedication.”

Dr Jackie Craissati, Trust Chair, said: “It is a real pleasure to celebrate with so many dedicated staff members here today and a special thank you for all your hard work in the Kent and Medway community over these decades. It is something that personally fills me with a huge amount of pride when I think of the many years of dedication and commitment to a career of public service and to the furtherment of mental health care.”