General Manager Time to Talk and Wellbeing services

Children and wellbeing

I feel genuinely honoured to have worked within the NHS for the last 25 years. It’s been a privilege to work alongside people who find real meaning in making people’s lives better by reducing suffering. For most of that time I have worked in Mental Health Services where I have seen the invaluable support patients and families receive regardless of their class or backgrounds. Having lived and worked in other countries, I can’t help but feel how lucky I am to receive treatment and be part of a service that was born from a truly visionary belief that every country should look after the health of their citizens for free.

I think everyone should be immensely proud of the fact that after 70 years in existence, it remains one of the most loved and valued institutions in the country, despite being challenged by resources. The services continue to offer dynamic, progressive and supportive treatments to the lives of millions (normally accompanied by a reassuring smile!)

I get a sense of pride each and every time I tell people I work for the NHS. I thought Danny Boyles interpretation of the NHS at the opening of the Olympics brought pride to all as well. My NHS would have to be Aneurin Bevan. Thanks to his ideals, compassion and leadership for giving birth to the NHS concept.