Sir Alex Ferguson drops in to praise NHS including Rochdale staff

Date published: 15 December 2019

Sir Alex Ferguson, former manager at Manchester United Football Club, and BBC broadcaster and presenter Nicky Campbell, both made special guest appearances and thanked staff at this year’s Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) Staff Awards including staff from Bury & Rochdale Care Organisation.

The NCA Group brings together around 19,000 staff and services from the Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trusts.

Hundreds of staff from the NCA’s five hospitals and community healthcare services in Salford, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester came together to celebrate and recognise the exceptional efforts and achievements of colleagues across a number of award categories.

Of the 13 awards presented, Linda Sadler, an occupational therapist at Rochdale Infirmary’s Wolstenholme Unit, was awarded the AHP/technical/scientific/social worker of the year award for the new Breakfast Club project.

Breakfast Club is a therapy assessment breakfast area, where therapists can assess several patients at a time during breakfast club. Breakfast Club enables the patient to gain self-confidence and self-care skills whilst being assessed, enabling the patient to return home in a timely and safe manner.


BBC journalist and presenter Nicky Campbell, AHP Linda Sadler, NCA Chairman Jim Potter, NCA Chief Executive Raj Jain


Sir Alex and Nicky Campbell were both treated at Salford Royal Hospital earlier this year and both praised the outstanding level of care they received while patients.

Taking to the stage on the night, Sir Alex said: “The main reason I am here today is to thank the NHS, once again, for what they did for me, and that’s the reason I am standing here today in good health, so thank you very much.”

Nicky Campbell said: “It is a huge pleasure to host the Northern Care Alliance Staff Awards in Manchester. After the care I got from Salford Royal with my kidney stones, I am in awe.

“It is amazing to share a stage with Sir Alex, having to follow him is not an easy task as we well know.”

NCA Chairman, Jim Potter said: “I would like to take this opportunity as chairman and on behalf of our board to sincerely thank everyone here tonight, and all of our staff, for your unrelenting hard work, professionalism and commitment in providing high quality and compassionate care for those who need and use our services across the communities we serve. Thank you.

“For the Unsung Hero Award, our hospital security teams are absolute role models in discreet compassionate care supporting our homeless community.”

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