Pennine Care Director receives award for services to mentoring

Ajit and BevBev Worthington, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, was given the Services to Mentoring award at the NHS North West Mentoring Scheme Annual Conference and Awards 2014, held in Manchester.

Two finalists were in the running for the award, which was voted for by attendees of the event. Following a short presentation that summarised why each finalist was nominated, delegates could vote for their winner via text or tweet.

Bev, who has more than 35 years of clinical, managerial and leadership experience working in Pennine Care and predecessor organisations, was commended for her commitment to mentoring and coaching NHS staff, many of which have gone on to become senior NHS leaders. Bev also uses her expertise outside the organisation, dedicating some of her time to coaching individuals working in other senior public sector roles.

Mentoring is when an individual provides support and guidance to someone in a particular area to help them with their career or professional development.  It is extra support that staff at all levels can benefit from.

Bev said: “I feel very lucky to already get a great deal of motivation and personal satisfaction from the mentoring and coaching aspect of my job role so to be nominated for an award and go on to win was a fantastic surprise.”

Michael McCourt, Chief Executive of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s vital that Pennine Care staff have access to high quality mentor and coaching support, and Bev’s contribution to our coaching scheme has been enormous. She is a trusted and valued member of the Board and an exceptional role model and mentor for NHS leaders of the future. The award was well deserved.”

Ajit Rughoo, a Pennine Care service manager who has been mentored by Bev, said: “Bev is a worthy winner as she has consistently demonstrated unparalleled commitment to the development of others. She has the ability to help people to see the possibilities within themselves and has always demonstrated kindness, warmth and commitment to mentoring.”