Fond farewell to Bev Worthington

The Trust Board of Directors bid a fond farewell to Bev Worthington, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, today (23 December) as she retires from the NHS after 35 years of service.

She said she has been touched by the kind words and support she has received from lots of people since announcing her retirement.

Bev joined the NHS as a student nurse at Oldham District General Hospital in 1978 and qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1981. Having undertaken a range of clinical and managerial roles, Bev was appointed as Borough Director in Bury when Pennine Care was established in 2002 and then as Service Director for the North Division in 2006

As Project Director for Transforming Community Services, she successfully led the integration of Bury, Oldham and HMR community services into the Trust in 2011 and Trafford in 2013.

More recently she was appointed to the Board as Director of Workforce and Organisational Development in 2013. In this role, Bev has successfully led a complete redesign of the Workforce and OD structure to provide a professional support service to staff and managers to enable them to deliver excellent patient care.

Commenting on her retirement, Bev said: “I have worked within the NHS for over 35 years in a variety of challenging yet enjoyable roles and with many skilled and motivated colleagues and have had the privilege of leading a number of high performing teams. I want to take this opportunity to thank them for their support.

"I have many good memories from the roles I have undertaken throughout my career and the people I have worked with. I will take these with me and value them as I move onto a new stage in my life.”

Michael McCourt, Chief Executive, said: “Pennine Care owes a great deal of its success to Bev, who has been instrumental in her roles as a clinician, manager and leader. She also gives up a large proportion of her time to coach and support others, helping to develop future talent. I would personally like to thank Bev for her hard work and commitment to Pennine Care and the NHS, she is highly regarded by the Board and staff all around the Trust. I wish her the very best for the future.”

Thank you for everything Bev!