Sarita Dewan, consultant clinical psychologist for Oldham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
“There’s more collaboration and technology has improved. It’s more fast-paced and we’re better at paying attention to the role of trauma.
"I've been lucky to work in areas I'm passionate about and teams where I've felt at home."
Jill Dodge, administrator for Oldham child and adolescent mental health service
“We used to have 7 patients a day at most – now it’s over 30.
“Be yourself and enjoy your career.”
Hambeleleni Abisai: Equality, diversity, and inclusion project officer
“Patients now have a say in their care and treatment. My professional life has been rewarding. Changing people's lives, enrching their health and wellbeing and putting a smile on their face is what makes me happy."
Gaynor Doyle, nursing assistant
"There have been so many small changes over the years ,they all equate into one.The new buildings and having no more shared same sex bays are a definite improvement.The one thing that has not changed however is the dedication and commitment off the staff.I have worked with some of the most superb people over the last 20 years and am fortunate enough to call a lot of them my friends."
Sarah Holt, PALS and complaints administration manager
"I absolutely love my job. I enjoy getting inside a person’s story, providing reassurances and helping to lift someone’s worries. I've seen a lot of changes over the years, but many things remain the same – our empathy and compassion to ensure people are heard and our commitment to being open and transparent when things go wrong. I feel privileged to be trusted to manage people’s frustrations and emotions and like to think that I can make a difference."
Jonathan Aust: cognitive behavioural therapist, Bury early intervention team
“The biggest change for me has been moving from wards into the community. I've met some wonderful people, both staff and service users. My more recent years at the early intervention team have been particularly special, not least because the team cobble together a mean Christmas buffet.
"Looking forward to what the next 20 years of my career will bring. If they're half as satisfying as the first 20, that'll be just fine."
Lynne Turton, clinical lead occupational therapist
"We are privileged to work with people during their most vulnerable times."