All NHS staff at Sheffield Trust to get day off as ‘token of appreciation’ for the last year of Covid pandemic

Staff from a NHS Foundation Trust will be given a day off to thank them for their ‘dedication’ throughout the pandemic.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 4:44 pm
SHSC staff Dovedale Ward will get a day off as a thank you for their 'dedication' during the pandemic.

All staff at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust will receive a day to spend in any way they like this year.

The ‘gift of time’ is being given as a gesture of appreciation for their extraordinary efforts over the last year after staff said that time was the thing they needed most.

Caroline Parry, executive director of people at SHSC, said: “Since COVID-19 came to the UK last year, staff at SHSC have worked relentlessly to maintain mental health and social care services in Sheffield.

"From community teams to ward staff to supporting services, all our teams have risen to every challenge COVID-19 has thrown at us.

“Alongside that we have been busy making the care we provide better for our service users.

“All of us have worked really hard to improve the way we support people’s physical health, improve the environments and processes on our wards and decisions unit, develop our governance systems and more. Team SHSC has done all this while dealing with the effects of a global pandemic.

“The dedication and hard work our staff have shown has been nothing short of incredible. The gift of time is a small token of appreciation for that.”

Staff have also been asked to document how they use their gift of time with the hashtag #shscgiftoftime.

SHSC provides a range of mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services to the people of Sheffield.