Pennine Care 70for70 – Mental Health Awareness Week (19 to 25)

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

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week (14 to 20 May), our latest set all feature fab mental health professionals from across the Trust:

19. Dr Sinead Murphy - Clinical Psychologist

Sinead MurphySinead is based in our Psychological Therapies Department and also at Hollingworth and Moorside wards, which are located at Birch Hill Hospital in Rochdale.

She said: "I do the job I do because I believe that good emotional health leads to good quality of life - something which we are all entitled to."

More information about these and our other mental health services is available at:


20. Karen Leach – Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Karen LeachIn her role, Karen provides cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with our Bury Healthy Minds service.

She said: “I am proud to work for the NHS because I believe healthcare to be a basic universal right and a free-at-the-point-of-delivery health system is a sign of a caring and compassionate society. 

“Without it, many people would not receive the care they need. It can be a challenging environment to work in at times, given fast-paced changes and funding issues, but this underlines the importance of having great colleagues around you, working as a team, supporting each other. 

“I chose my career as a CBT therapist because I wanted to help others to overcome their difficulties and I feel privileged to have worked with so many great clients. 

“But working in the NHS has also enabled me to develop my own clinical practice, skills and career through training and employment opportunities. 

“Thank you and happy birthday, National Health Service!"

Healthy Minds provides support for adults (over 16 years), who live within our footprint, experiencing common mental health problems. For more information, visit:

You can also follow Healthy Minds on Facebook and Twitter: @HealthyMindsPC.

21. Dr Alison Wood – Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Alison WoodAlison has been a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist with the NHS since 1995.

She said: "I specialise in adolescent eating disorders depression and suicidal behaviour and have recently moved to work in the new Community Eating Disorders Service. 

“The NHS has given me a fantastic career. During my 34 years working as a doctor I have always valued the NHS, which provides amazing opportunities for patients and rewarding and fulfilling job opportunities for its staff. 

"Happy 70th birthday!"

The Community Eating Disorders Service provides dedicated care and support to children and young people (up to 19 years) with an eating disorder. 

The service is based at a North Hub in Bury and a South Hub in Stockport. More information is available at:

22. Gemma Mlambo – Modern Matron

Gemma MlamboGemma works across the Trust as a modern matron within our adult acute mental health services.

"As a child growing up I always wanted to become a nurse. I’ve now been a mental health nurse for 14 years and still love the job I do every day, which is a reminder that I chose the right career. 

"Being a mental health nurse requires kindness and compassion, it’s a privilege to truly make a difference to others - I’m very proud to be a mental health nurse."

Gemma is also instrumental to the Trust’s Triangle of Care (ToC) work, which is a national initiative aiming to improve carer engagement in acute inpatient services.

Pennine Care recently received gold star ToC accreditation, click here to find out more.

23. Dr Nihal Fernando – Consultant Psychiatrist

Nihal FernandoAlong with being a consultant psychiatrist, Nihal is also our Deputy Medical Director.

He said: “I started working in mental health services in 1999 in Bury. I was a surgeon beforehand and the move felt right within the first few days. It is about the 'whole person', I have never looked back or regretted the move." 

What Nihal most loves about the NHS is "the passion, dedication and commitment of staff to the care of all patients and each other. I am continuously impressed and humbled by the acts of others, especially patients and front line staff. I smile a lot at work." 

He also says the most rewarding thing is: "helping and supporting patients and staff become the best they can be, developing people at all levels and encouraging education and training. I have learnt the most and enjoyed every minute."

24. Lauren Fletcher – Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Lauren FletcherLauren Fletcher is a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner with Bury @HealthyMindsPC.

She said: "I love working in the NHS as it provides me the chance to support a range of people from all walks of life. 

"I am passionate about cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and was impressed by its ability to bring about lasting change in people long after they leave the therapy room.

"I have become involved in a wide range of outreach work and really feel my role makes a difference in people's lives. I particularly enjoy the change I see in people, often in a short space of time. 

"This change often happens to people who have been stuck for many years and I genuinely feel CBT empowers people to move forward and stay well after they leave therapy."

25. Vicky Brown – Clinical Lead

Vicky BrownVicky is Clinical Lead of the Community Eating Disorder Service (North), which is based in Bury, covering Bury, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, and Oldham.

She said: “I have worked in the NHS all of my professional career which is now nearly 20 years. I have been regularly inspired by excellent practitioners and the care they offer people with health needs. 

“People can feel at their most vulnerable when they are ill and I feel passionately about offering them safe, supportive and helpful treatment and care. 

“In my opinion the NHS delivers on these when it is at its best and I’m proud to work in a national organisation that holds these at its core.”   

The Community Eating Disorders Service is part of our Healthy Young Minds Service, which you can follow on Twitter @HealthyYM.

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