Pennine Care 70for70 – 26 to 30

The NHS is an incredible, diverse organisation that turns 70 years old on Thursday 5 July.

To countdown to the occasion, we’re sharing a different staff story on social media every day for 70 days.

In case you missed them, here are the latest five:

26. Gabriella Diamond - Community Staff Nurse 

Gabriella DiamondGabriella is based with the Oldham West Integrated Team, working alongside other health professionals and care agencies to provide short-term and on-going care.

Thishelps people to avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital, or helps them to return home sooner when hospital care is necessary. 

Gabriella said: "I love being able to give patients effective care with the support of dedicated colleagues."

27. Louise Shaw - Mental Health Clinical Lead and Liadhan O’Ryan - Mental Health Support Worker

Lisa and LiadhanLouise and Liadhan make up the Multi-Agency Mental Health Liaison Team in Rochdale, working in partnership with Greater Manchester Police.

Liadhan said: “We work with patients in the community with complex mental health and social needs and support them to access local mainstream services.

"We are proud to work for the NHS and in mental health, making a difference and improving the quality of life for some of the most vulnerable in society.

"Recently we were presented with a certificate of merit from Greater Manchester Police for developing an innovative new service working to reduce demand for blue light and acute services in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.”

28. Kath – Volunteer

Kath volunteerKath volunteers at the Tameside and Glossop Memory Service, based on the grounds of Tameside General Hospital.

Kath first started working with the service shortly after her husband David was diagnosed with dementia.

She says she wanted to volunteer with them as a thank you and to give something back to them for the fabulous support they have given to her and her husband.

Kath also shares her 70th year with the NHS, celebrating her birthday on 23rd May. Happy birthday Kath!

For details of our volunteering opportunities, please visit:

29. Susie Martin – Health Visitor

Susie MartinSusie is based across the Trafford South area, providing support and encouragement to families from pregnancy and birth through the early years to primary school.

The team give advice on feeding, safety, physical and emotional development and other aspects of health and childcare. 

Susie said she came into health visiting because she has a passion for public health.

The Trafford Health Visiting Service has a dedicated Facebook page with regular advice and updates from the team: @TraffordHealthVisitors

30. Rachel Walker - Speech and Language Therapist

Rachel WalkerRachel works within the Children's Acute and Ongoing Needs Service based across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.

She told us: "I chose speech and language therapy because communication is the most important skill for any child to have.

"I love my job because of the wonderful children I meet and work with every day."

The Children’s Acute and Ongoing Needs Service (CAONS) brought together a number ofcommunity services (specialisms) for children and young people with acute, ongoing, complex and additional needs.

Many of these specialisms have their own Facebook page, including the Children’s Speech and Language Therapists: @HMRSLT

More information about CAONS is available at:  

You can see all our 70for70 posts by liking @PennineCareNHSFT on Facebook, following @PennineCareNHS, or searching the hashtag #70for70.