NHS 75 Staff Stories: Tammy Abell

Tammy Abell - TRiM Coordinator for LDA

How long have you been in the NHS?

21 years

Why did you choose to work in the NHS?

I had family working in the NHS and it sounded like a very interesting and challenging role. I started as an Health Carw Assistant and was then supported by the Trust to do my nurse training. I like the support I’ve received and the benefits of working for the NHS.

Describe your role in 100 words.

My role is coordinating staff support when a staff member or team has experienced a traumatic incident. We support staff through the initial stages of coping and assess if they are likely to need further support. we can then help with signposting and accessing this support if needed. We have a team of wonderful TRiM practitioners that support colleagues across the Trust, and my role also includes supporting them and providing updates and refresher training.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I love that my role focuses on supporting staff. Our staff do an incredible job, in sometimes really challenging environments, and I enjoy being part of the Trust’s response to support them. When staff say that our support has made a difference, I feel really proud of my fellow coordinators and all of the practitioners who make time to support their colleagues throughout the Trust.

Describe your favourite memory of working at CWPT in 100 words.

I have so many wonderful memories it is hard to pick one.  I have made some wonderful friends that I would never have met if I hadn’t worked for the NHS.  I have enjoyed seeing patients through their journey of care with us and how proud they are of themselves when they move on.

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