CHFT staff are lovely and less scary than the Queen. Photographer's verdict.

Here's CHFT colleagues seen through the lens which has photographed the Queen on one of the biggest days in her year - the State Opening of Parliament, bottom left.

Roger Harris was commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for their photo library for a series of images showing excellence in the provision of healthcare supported by digitalisation. 

We were picked, essentially, due to our level of digital engagement. The DHSC chose us as a place they could turn to to get some images of how patients and staff use digital technology in their day-to-day lives. They wanted a resource of prestige pictures they could use for internal communications and publications from their organisatio

Roger said: "The staff were all brilliant on my visit. They bent over backwards to help, and I feel very privileged to have had a chance to document some of the amazing work they do."

And CHFT was nowhere near as nervewracking as The State Opening. He added: " I am very close to the Queen and there are a lot of moments in the event that I have to cover.  I’m able to go places that the other press photographers can’t get to on the day. I’m actually in the Chamber of the House of Lords when the Queen makes her speech, with complete silence, and complete paranoia that my phone’s going to go off, or a lens hood come clattering off!"

Our Clinical Information Officer, Graham Walsh, said: " It was great to see our Trust yet again receive recognition from the NHS on how digitally mature we have become, choosing us to be the poster site for their organisation.

"It was amazing to see how everyone came together to work with Roger and his team in making it possible to get such amazing photographs. They send their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to both our patients and staff in allowing them into their lives."

And as part of the deal CHFT has acquired a set for free - see some of them in our stunning collage.

Mr Harris has previously photograped Boris Johnson, John Bercow and Alistair Campbell from the world of politics and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.