Mental health nurse Alan Stanley, who works at the Priory Unit at Fieldhead, struck lucky when he received a special invite to a garden Party at Downing Street! During his visit to the best known house in the UK, Alan got the chance to meet Gordon Brown and mingle with the likes of Lord Mandelson, Lord Putnam, and Baroness Boothroyd.
The party was held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Open University, where Alan completed his nurse training in 2007. Alan attended the event, along with three other graduate nurses, to represent Yorkshire.
Alan said, "Getting the opportunity to visit Downing Street was a real privilege and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I was very fortunate to be selected as one of the representatives from the region and I was thrilled to have been given such a fantastic opportunity."
Alan has worked for the Trust for 8 years, starting out as a healthcare assistant. Since graduating from the Open University, he has continued to make a real difference to people using services on the Priory Unit and is a highly valued member of the team.
Alan’s ward manager Kay Marshall said "During his time here on the ward Alan has been an excellent staff nurse, with a highly proactive approach. He is truly dedicated to helping and empowering people with mental health problems and their carers. It was great that he had the opportunity to go to Downing Street and meet the prime minister, an experience that he both enjoyed and deserved."