Bob Waddell Celebrates NHS 70th with Us

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In honour of the NHS in its 70th year we are celebrating our wonderful staff.

Bob Waddell, Procurement & Logistics Manager , tells us what he enjoys most about his role “I have been privileged to work for the NHS in Procurement for over 38 years and I love the Organisation and everything which it stands for deeply. I see everything that we do in procurement as being to the benefit of the patients whom we look after and I love to see the end result of projects where this is achieved”

Bob’s role is to lead a small but very dedicated team who provide a service to the Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust , a far cry from his start as a Clerical officer for the then Northumberland Area Health Authority based at East Cottingwood in Morpeth, Northumberland. He describes the NHS in one word “Amazing!”.

So why choose to work within the NHS, which he has done since 1979 Bob said: “It gets hold of you – you can see the benefits of what you do and how it benefits the people whom the NHS looks after. You are also able to work with some very dedicated and interesting people”

We asked Bob what his favourite memory of his NHS career was “My favourite memory would be meeting Her Royal Highness Princess Anne when she opened Blyth Community Hospital which I was heavily involved in Commissioning. She was so down to earth and genuinely interested in what we had achieved and how it was going to benefit the local Community. She also gave me the most amazing smile and winked as we parted company! My lasting memory however will be of the hundreds of dedicated NHS Procurement Staff whom I have trained over my many years as a Task Force Trainer. I hope that I have gone some small way to helping them in their career paths ” When we asked what advice he would give to someone who was thinking of working for the NHS Bob said, “Never forget that we are ultimately there for the Patients.”

Thank you Bob! #NHS70