Our annual long service awards, recognising members of staff who have 25 or 40 years continuous, substantive service with the Royal Free London, took place on 25 November.

All members of staff reaching 25 or 40 years’ service in 2016 were invited to attend the awards which were led by Caroline Clarke, deputy chief executive and chief financial officer, and David Grantham, director of workforce and organisational development. Over 30 members of staff attended the ceremony at Barnet Hospital with their friends and family and were awarded a certificate and set of vouchers by Caroline and David. The awards ceremony was followed by a festive afternoon tea.

Caroline Clarke said: "This year 58 members of staff have reached the milestone of 25 or 40 years’ continuous and dedicated service to the Royal Free London. Between them they have worked a staggering 1,525 years! One of the strengths of the Royal Free London is the experience provided by our staff who have devoted their working lives to this organisation. We are passionate about recognising those members of staff who have shown the trust commitment, dedication and loyalty and we are delighted to celebrate this immense achievement together."

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About the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Our mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare.

The Royal Free London attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver and kidney transplantation, haemophilia, renal care, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, Parkinson's disease, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.

In July 2014 Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital became part of the Royal Free London. Read 'A bigger trust, a better future'.