Happy retirement to Janet Griffiths!
After 43 years of service as an NHS podiatrist (previously chiropodist), the High Peak and Dales podiatry and admin teams are very sad to see our colleague Jan Griffiths retire (properly). Jan didn’t want “any fuss” as she had retired from her district co-ordinator role for podiatry services in North Derbyshire in 2015. She then returned to concentrate on being purely patient facing, so she was just hoping to slip away this time.
Jan has been so instrumental in creating the podiatry and podiatric surgery teams in Derbyshire into what we are now, as well as being heavily involved with the progression of podiatry both regionally and nationally. We can’t let someone with that pedigree leave without some acknowledgment. Jan’s achievements throughout her career have been far too numerous to list, however, some highlights being;
- Awarded the East Midland NHS Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013
- Accepted into the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2018.
William, Brenda and Jon surprised Jan by coming to say goodbye at New Mills on Thursday, with all four of us having been interviewed by Jan for our first posts in Derbyshire throughout the years! Some speeches were made and some stories told with the tears being mainly of laughter rather than sadness. I will just say that Christmas parties sounded a blast in the 80’s! We were joined by Alyson Stevens and Gwynneth Langford, the backbones of New Mills Clinic who I know will desperately miss Jan.
Everyone who knows Jan throughout the Trust are very sad to see her retire, but we all wish her, her husband John, and Lottie the lurcher every happiness for the future and thank her from the bottom of our hearts for all the dedication and commitment she has shown, both to the profession and her patients for the past 43 years. Happy retirement Jan!