Pennine Care 70for70 – 31 to 36

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 six:

31. Sara Higgins – Head of Medical Workforce

Sara HigginsSara is the head of workforce for professionals in our Medical Directorate.

What Sara loves about the NHS is: "how it has helped and continues to help everyone, all day, every day.

She added: "I love the way the teams work together and when best it's like extra family or friends."

32. Luke Chadwick – Trainee Assistant Practitioner

Luke ChadwickLuke works with the Bury Adult Community Nursing Team to provide care to predominantly housebound patients within the Radcliffe Township.

Luke said: "I chose this career path as I enjoy interaction with patients and trying to make a difference towards someone's health needs and life.

"The NHS is a great service; it's easily accessible and is open to all the public. Every day is always different and I enjoy the challenge. 

"The most rewarding thing is to see the satisfaction on a patients face after successful treatments; it makes my job worth the while."

33. Bethany Bolton – District Nurse

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

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

Bethany chose her career "to be able to improve and change people's quality of life for the better and to make people, patients or family feel at ease in such a difficult time of their life." 

She said the most rewarding thing is "being able to provide the best possible care to patients and their families at their time of need, and to be able to work with an amazing bunch of nurses who support and uplift you every day making your working day easier." 

34. Sam Sutcliffe – Healthcare Support Worker

Sam SutcliffeSam works with the Paediatric Nurse Practitioners, part of the Children’s Acute and Ongoing Needs Service.

She said: "I love my role as this is a new position with the paediatric nurse practitioners and I am learning new skills every day.

"We see children and young people up to 19 years with minor illnesses across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, who are unable to get in to see their GP.

"It’s lovely to meet and help people within the local community who otherwise may have attended emergency services."

The Paediatric Nurse Practitioners have a dedicated Facebook page to provide you with updates about the service and topical advice: @hmrpnp

35. Kathryn Barber – Senior Dental Nurse

Kathryn BarberKathryn is based at Oldham Integrated Care Centre, with our Urgent and Emergency Dental Service.

The service provides treatment for anyone with an urgent issue who can’t get a same day appointment with their own dentist, or if they don’t have one.

Kathryn said: "The most rewarding thing is working with a dedicated, hardworking team and delivering a first class service to the community."

More information about our dental services is available at www.penninecare.nhs.uk/dental or on their dedicated Facebook page @BuryOldhamRochdaleUrgentDentalCare

36. Terese Rafferty – Speech and Language Therapist

Terese RaffertyTerese works with Trafford Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Team to provide support for children and young people with with swallowing or feeding difficulties and/ or speech, language and communication needs.

Terese said: “I discovered my fascination for language and communication when I studied English language A level at school.

"Whilst studying for my A levels, I attended a talk on speech and language therapy and was excited by the prospect of combining both my passion for communication and working with children in a career.

"I am just over a year into my chosen profession. What I love about my job is that each day is different and with each day brings challenges which inspire me to grow as a professional. 

"I am well supported by my team and I am delighted to be working for the NHS.”

You can also check out the team’s Facebook page: @traffordchildrensSLT

We’re now over half way through our countdown, but don’t forget to check out full lot by liking @PennineCareNHSFT on Facebook, following @PennineCareNHS, or searching the hashtag #70for70.