Celebrating 29 years working for the NHS

Pat Sylvester, from Suffolk, is retiring this week after almost 30 years of continuous service for the NHS.

Pat joined the NHS on 2 July 1990 working as a clerk for two locality nurse managers before becoming a secretary within the former ‘Hospital at Home’ Service. She has also worked in roles for HR, workforce planning and management.

Pat finishes her long and diverse career in the NHS working for the Suffolk GP Federation as a Service Manager for reception staff within the Community Services.

Her colleagues surprised Pat with a celebratory lunch to wish her well and thank her for her hard work and dedication.

She has witnessed many changes to the NHS over the last 29 years but says there are always opportunities available if you wish to take them:

“Overall I have found that the NHS has been a great place to work. There are always opportunities available if you wish to take them. I have received great support, encouragement and understanding from my many line managers.”

“I have met such lovely people and although I move on, I know I have made many friends that I will keep for life.”

Sheila Smyth, Director of Community Care Services for the Suffolk GP Federation said:

“Pat’s skills and dedication have been greatly valued by the organisation and her support, professionalism and leadership will be greatly missed. We wish her all the best in her retirement”

Pat is looking forward to retirement and plans to spend time with family and pursue her hobbies.

Photo: Left – Pat Sylvester Right – Julie Smith, Operations Director for the Suffolk GP Federation