Pennine Care 70for70 – one to seven

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.

Here are the first seven:

1. Inez Ingham – Paediatric Respiratory Nurse Specialist

Inez Ingham

Along with being a respiratory specialist, Inez is also a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner based across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. Here’s what she said about her role:

"I love my job. Every day is different and every child’s needs are individual and sometimes challenging. I really get to know the children and families and when a child returns to clinic feeling great and able to manage their asthma, I get a sense of pride that I’ve helped.

“One child cycled five miles to the clinic, having been unable to even walk up the stairs six months earlier – that gives me a great feeling."

Inez also runs a popular Facebook page for the service @HMRChildrensRespiratorySpecialists

2. Sara Handley - Practice Development Lead for Adult Nursing Service 

Sara Handley

Sara works in our Oldham Community Services and was recently awarded the prestigious Queen's Nurse title.

She said: “To be a nurse is an extraordinary and truly rewarding role, what I do every day has a deep importance, whether this be direct patient care or service and staff development which ultimately improves patient care and experience. 

"As a nurse I strive to enable people to stay healthy and well for longer through health promotion and promoting well-being, and supporting independence. 

"In my years in this rewarding occupation I have supported countless people to recover from illness, sometimes when they are at their most vulnerable and have provided support to those with long term and chronic conditions in living with illness. 

"The most challenging but rewarding part of my role is in the provision of  care and comfort to people at the end of their lives and supporting their family and loved ones in this process.”

3. Sue Lowe - Senior School Nurse

Sue Lowe

As a Senior School Nurse, Sue covers the Trafford south area and works with school-age children and young people to help them stay well and reach their full potential.

Sue said she joined the NHS to help improve the health and wellbeing of children.

You can find the Trafford School Nursing Team on Facebook @traffordschoolnurses

4. Jim McDermott – Governor

Jim McDermottJim is one of our governors representing the Oldham constituency.

He said: "I have always had a strong sense of community involvement and believe in contributing to improving services.”

Jim and the other governors ensure the views of our local communities and members are considered in decisions about how we develop our services.

For more information about the role and our upcoming election, visit:

5. Donna Pearce – Paediatric Nurse Practitioner

Donna PearceDonna works hard to help keep children and young people across the Rochdale borough out of hospital.

This is through providing assessment and treatment, referral to another appropriate service, or giving health education to parents to help them look after their children’s health in future.

Donna said: "I’m so proud to work for Pennine Care and the NHS, it’s a national treasure! It’s great that I can come to work and help children, young people and families on a daily basis."

The Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Paediatric Nurse Practitioners are on Facebook @hmrpnp

6. Andrew Ryder - Children’s Speech and Language Therapist

Andrew Ryder SLTAndrew is from Trafford Children's Speech and Language Therapy Team. He was recently commended for some colourful resources he produced to help children develop their language and vocabulary.

Andrew said: "Being a speech and language therapist in the NHS is so rewarding as I get to make a change to children's and families' lives every day by giving children words or a voice to communicate"

The service is also on Facebook @traffordchildrensSLT

7. Rachel Ann Wright – Counsellor

Rachel WrightRachel is a Team Leader and Counsellor at Stockport Healthy Minds, a service which supports adults struggling with common mental health problems.

She said: "I find that working for the NHS there is a real sense of community and genuine care for colleagues and patients.

“I became a Counsellor because it felt important to have a career that was not only fulfilling for me but could make a difference to individuals and the community.

“Since starting in the NHS as a Counsellor I have taken on a management role. This allows me to keep practicing my clinical skills and challenge myself learning new skills, while working closely with a fantastic team."

Our Healthy Minds services are on both Twitter and Facebook at @HealthyMindsPC

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