Joining back up five weeks ago providing clinical support in our Manchester Emergency Operations Centre, Pat is currently leading on ‘fit testing’ in Greater Manchester, ensuring that the masks worn by frontline staff are adequately protecting them.
A stark change from spending his days doing leisurely activities and undertaking tasks around the home as he had become accustomed to during his retirement, Pat, 60 from Manchester, said: “The decision to return was easy for me, I was pleased to be able to help.
“Since my return, I have been able to hit the ground running and with support from my former colleagues have been able to quickly get settled back in.
“When I arrived, I was struck by how focused everyone was, how closely they were working together with colleagues across the NHS and other ambulance services and how well they had risen to the operational challenges they were facing.
“The support and generosity of the public and local businesses is hard to miss and it’s fantastic to see how much our communities really do appreciate the work that NWAS does.”
Around 35 retired or former members of staff have returned to operational duties to support the trust during COVID-19.
Deputy Chief Executive, Michael Forrest said: “The trust is extremely thankful to Pat and all of our former colleagues who have returned to support us during COVID-19. The extra support that they are giving helps us to continue to provide the best possible care for our patients during the pandemic.
“Their commitment and dedication to the trust and our patients and colleagues at this challenging time is testament to the incredible staff that we have working for us as part of Team NWAS and it makes me extremely proud.”