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Facilities the 'backbone' of UHDB, says Yvette Hudson at SRP on FM Day

Yvette Hudson

Today is World Facilities Management (FM) Day, where we celebrate the contributions made by FM staff across the globe. Here at UHDB, we are gathering stories from colleagues across our Trust to speak about what it is like to work in FM, and what this day means to them.

We spoke to Yvette Hudson, Healthcare Cleaner at Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital, who has been working for the Trust for 14 years. Yvette is delighted that UHDB is recognising FM staff across our organisation on this celebratory day.

She said: “We need to hold more days like this! Staff working in Facilities Management are the backbone of organisations, not least here at the Trust.

“I love when we’re on the ward and working near patients and the general public, who seem to all value what we do just as much as our colleagues.

“Working in this environment makes me happy and helps me do my job even more effectively.”

Yvette said it is great to feel valued in your job and that FM Day is “a great way we can get some recognition for the work we do.”

She said: “I’m a perfectionist and so are the staff I work with. Working with likeminded colleagues and good people makes such a difference.

“We enjoy what we do, and we all work harder together.

“The best trait of Facilities Management staff is our ability to work together as a team and as a unit. “I’ve created strong bonds with the team, and my favourite part of this job is being able to work with good people.

“Staff often tell us that they didn’t know that we carry out some of the jobs that we do – and to me that just shows how we always go the extra mile to make sure that operations can run smoothly.”