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Dedicated manager presented with 45 Years of Long Service Award

Sharon Babb long service award with Sharon Martin

An outpatient manager at UHDB has dedicated more than 45 years of service within outpatients.

Sharon Babb was presented with her Long Service Award last week to celebrate her 45th year within the NHS as well as UHDB.

After enrolling as an office junior in the microfilm section of Medical Records, Sharon began her career at the age of 16 at the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary back in 1976.

After a year in microfilm, Sharon later moved to medical records to begin her first role in an outpatient clinic and was then promoted to be in charge of all new patient bookings.

Sharon has stayed at the Royal Derby Hospital ever since and has always found it extremely rewarding to work within outpatients – a role that may be considered ‘behind the scenes’, but is still one she considers a place to make a real impact.

“I’ve always enjoyed my time at the hospital – I remember when I first started and I was running all over the hospital to run errands as everything was delivered by hand.

“It’s nice to have seen the area grow and to be a part of that growth. We went from having 14 members of staff to now 150-180 people in my area.

“I’ve also always been very passionate about outpatients because I enjoy being around people and helping those who need it.”

Over the years, Sharon has made a huge difference within outpatients and continues to inspire many of her colleagues – one of those being outpatient service manager, Sally Maine.

Sally said: “It continues to be a massive privilege to work together with Sharon delivering services to outpatients at the Trust.

“If you ever need anything; Sharon will always do her best to help you. If you need advice; Sharon will always share her vast knowledge and experience with you.

“I’m sure there will be many more occasions where her input is pivotal, her advice greatly received and her loyalty and friendship greatly valued.”

Sharon added: “Of course, there are times where you think this job is stressful and pressurised with managing staff, but I’ve always been lucky in the teams I’ve worked with. I have definitely made friends for life over the years and that’s something I will never take granted.

“To be able to say I’ve worked for an organisation for such a long time is a privilege – some may think, ‘Oh, she’s been here for too long, you need to move on…’ but I enjoy what I do and wouldn’t change a thing.”

UHDB’s chief operating officer, Sharon Martin, surprised Sharon with her Long Service Award on Friday last week. She said: “I think it is fair to say that there isn’t much that Sharon doesn’t know about outpatient clinics and processes at the Trust. 

“Over these 45 years in various outpatient roles, Sharon has seen, supported and helped transform the outpatient pathway to support services to our patients. So it goes without saying – well done on your achievement, Sharon!”