Two NHS Chefs Serve Up a Collective 98 Years of Culinary Care

By Rachel Lamb . 14/08/2023 · 2 Minute read

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Simon Ryan, the Non-Clinical Business Director at Your World Recruitment Group, came across Louisa Batista's story in The Telegraph in 2020. She had just celebrated 50 years of working as a Chef for the NHS without taking any days off. Simon wanted to contact Louisa to discuss this fantastic achievement and listen to any advice she could offer anyone in the world of work. 

When Simon contacted Louisa at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust's Central Production Kitchen department, her colleague, Pam Woodbridge, answered the call and confirmed she had also worked for the NHS for an impressive 45 years in the same department.

Pam and Louisa confirmed the three most important things that have kept them in the NHS for such a long time as follows: 

1. A Caring and Supportive Working Environment

Imagine working in an environment where colleagues become family. At the NHS, we take pride in our close-knit community, with many staff members dedicating 25 to 30 years or more to serving our communities. This enduring camaraderie fosters a supportive atmosphere, making each day at work more enjoyable and rewarding. 

2. Extensive Help and Support

At the NHS, we prioritise the well-being of our staff. Whether it's physical or financial assistance you need, we've got your back. Our comprehensive support system includes free physiotherapy to ensure you remain in optimal health. We have experts who can guide you towards a healthier lifestyle if you require dietary support. Financial support comes in various forms, such as travel expense loans and part reimbursement for eligible staff members to obtain glasses. Your well-being matters to us! 

3. Recognition and Awards

Hard work and dedication never go unnoticed at the NHS. Our recognition schemes celebrate your milestones and achievements, such as long service awards, highlighting your commitment to our cause. Moreover, the NHS Care Awards honour those who provide exceptional care, acknowledging their efforts and inspiring others to follow suit.

If you’re interested in working in the NHS in Non-Clinical roles, please see our latest opportunities as followed: 

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