A mental health worker has retired after serving people with mental health problems and learning disabilities in the Wakefield area for 14 years as well as being one of the ‘faces’ of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
60 year old Neema Golez-McTomney has worked within the nutrition and dietetic service in the NHS for 18 years, at a number of different health trusts. In 1994 she joined the service in Wakefield, working with adults with mental health or learning disabilities.
Neema has managed the day to day running of the nutrition and dietetic service as well as being responsible for the development of the Trust’s standards of nutrition. She said, "One of the highlights of my career is the development of the service in Wakefield from a single handed post to a team of dieticians who can now provide help to people across Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale."
Neema also appears on every letter, document or publication produced by the Trust and is consequently seen by thousands of local people each year. Neema, who is originally from The Philippines, agreed to be one of the faces of the Trust’s visual identity branding when it was first developed in 2004. The branding consists of a set of six illustrated faces, signifying that mental health and learning disability problems can affect us all, regardless of age, gender, background or religion – this is used alongside the strapline ‘with all of us in mind’ on all Trust literature.
Neema was presented with a picture of herself by the Trust’s graphic designers to mark her retirement and she said, "I am proud to be part of the Trust branding. It has been an honour and a privilege."
Neema plans to spend her retirement enjoying time with family and friends, travelling and pursuing her hobbies.
Neema said, "I am grateful for the opportunity to have been part of the Trust and to work with such hardworking and dedicated colleagues in the dietetic service. I am proud to have developed the service to where it is now and I could not have done this without the help of my colleagues and managers."