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Kerry Mellon - The ASHA Centre for Addictions T&F Hospital, Omagh.

When did you start the HSC?

1987 as a trainee and qualified in 1991, making that 42 years as a nurse.

Why did you choose to work in the HSC?

Guided by my parents to enter the caring profession.

Describe what you do?

I am 1 of 2, band 6 deputy managers, based in the ASHA Centre for Addiction in Omagh. My role is to support the Ward Manager in the day to day running of the centre. this involves the delivery of treatment plans for our clients who are going through our detox, stabilisation and education programme, which we do by way of delivering support groups and one 2 one sessions. My role also involves the mentoring of my colleagues and being available to them for their ongoing support and development.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy helping people realise their potential, weather that be our clients or staff. I enjoy seeing past patients return to the ward as visitors who quite often turn out to be peer mentors and advocates to current clients. I enjoy working as part of a progressive team and developing our service, a service that has been invaluable to not just our local community but communities across the region.