Beverly is a passionate individual that really loves her job and the NHS to the full. Working night shifts can be difficult, but Beverley see’s the positives such as getting to know her patients and having a sing song!



Name: Beverle

Trust Name: Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Staff Group: Support Services

Years working for NHS: 6-10

Years working for NHS Professionals: 6-10


Why do you love working for the NHS?

Every day is a challenge, no two shifts are wards are the same, I get lots of self-satisfaction from my job role as health care assistant. I worked in retail as a shop manager for 30 years before applying to the NHS and being very lucky to employed by them. I enjoy working in all areas of the hospital, I am dedicated to my hospital, I have a wonderful bedside manner and enjoy talking to people. I work mainly night shifts, so I’m lucky enough to sit chatting to patients who can’t sleep for one reason or another. I spend all my spare time on shift talking to patients some of the patients I talk to don’t have families who are able to visit either because they live too far away, or they are Ill themselves. It’s amazing some of the subject’s patients like to talk about. Now and again we have a little sing along, often it’s the older type music, bringing memories back. Every minute I spend doing my job is precious to me, I don’t waste a minute, it’s one of those things when you wish you had done it years ago. if my next-door neighbour hadn’t developed breast cancer and suffered an infection when she came out of hospital asking her grandson to knock on my front door to go to her house to help her, I would probably still be in retail, missing this marvellous job. It’s for me, thank you NHS.


How does flexible working make a difference to your life?

It fits in with my family life, I am a housewife, a mum and a grandparent, I also have elderly parents who I do shopping, cooking and the odd bits of things for. Flexible working is marvellous.



What has been your proudest moment working for the NHS?

I spent some time talking to a patient who had no family able to visit her, she told me she had an appointment at the Christie hospital and was frightened to go alone, she said the hospital offered her an escort, but was worried about going with a stranger. I didn’t hesitate I said if she would allow me, I would love to escort her to her appointment, the appointment was the following day and I was doing my 4th night shift. I finished my shift the following day and assured the patient I would be back in time for her 10.30 appointment at the Christie. We travelled to the hospital in a hospital taxi, my patient sat holding my hand all the way in the taxi, every now and again I would rub her hand and smile at her. Unfortunately, her news was bad news, but I chatted smiled and held her all the way back to the ward at Tameside hospital. I over heard her telling another patient I was her Angel. Quite upset me with pride.


Tell us about your past

I am 59 years old, I’ve always lived in Stalybridge, I’ve been married for 41 years to my soul mate, I have 2 wonderful boys now both men, both have good gobs, I have 2 grandchildren, they are my life, I worked in retail for 30 good years then I saw the light and was lucky enough to join the team at Tameside hospital, helping my poorly neighbour made me want to change my career, best decision I’ve ever made.


Tell us about your life outside of the hospital

I walk, I drive, read and I have a wonderful family, just enough time to fit in flexible working


You can take 3 items with you when stranded on a desert island, what do you take?

Item #1 My family,

Item #2 Books,

Item #3 Phone, to book flexible shifts


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