As part of the weekly #ClapForCarers during the Coronavirus outbreak, Tracey Helliwell, Clinical Team Leader for Learning Disabilities showed her thanks to the wider NHS and key workers as she played ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’.
Tracey has spent her entire career caring for people and would not change her job for the world.
Tracey said: “I started my fantastic career in nursing in July 1985 at Barnsley School of Nursing. Prior to this I was on a Youth Training Scheme (YTS) where I had a placement at a ‘Mental Handicap’ unit situated in an acute hospital at Rotherham.
“I’ve always had a passion and love for the care of people with learning disabilities and decided to complete my Registered Nurse for Mental Handicap (RNMH) in April 1989. At the time, the job market for learning disability nurses in 1992 was very limited so I returned to adult nursing and continued a long career in the acute hospital in Barnsley.
“In 1997, I became a Registered General Nurse (RGN) and worked within the medical unit. I was fortunate to be able to use my qualifications 15 years from that point.
“I joined NHS Doncaster CCG in 2016. I love my job and am proud to be able to make a difference and support my nurses to do the same.
“I’ve never looked back and wouldn’t change my career for the world.”