One of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s most inspirational leaders has waved goodbye after an astonishing 34 years of service.
At the end of April Ranee Townsend retired ‘on top of her game’ from her role as Clinical Director of Rotherham’s Community Dental Service.
Since 1982, fresh from her dentistry training, Ranee took up her post in Rotherham as a Dental Officer, her plan was to only stay in community dentistry for two years but the role captured her heart and soul.
Ranee comments: “I have got to know some of my patients very well over the last 34 years, they have become part of my life and it has been hard to say goodbye – moving on will leave a dent in my life.”
Ranee’s role has involved treating patients with complex needs, for example those with a disability or an anxiety. Ranee cites the support of her colleagues and managers as central to her delivering flexible, compassionate care.
She adds: “I’m very blessed that I have reached the top of my career, I’ve been given opportunities which have meant I’ve been able to see our service grow from 25 colleagues to a team of approximately 90 plus (Community Dental Services and Urgent Care Services). Together we have always done our best for each individual patient and I’m very proud of what we have become.”
Amongst Ranee’s career highlights are winning the ‘Our Top Leader’ accolade at the Trust’s 2015 PROUD Awards. She also led her team to being rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission in 2015, the only service at the Trust to achieve ‘Good’ ratings across the board.
Jon Miles, TRFT’s Director of Clinical Services for Medicine, said: "Ranee has always given more than was ever asked of her and led her service with innovation, quality and humility at its core. She has led by example and those that worked with her have been inspired by her commitment and skill.
“I wish her a peaceful and joyful retirement."
When it comes to plans for her retirement Ranee plans to continue to be a health advocate, supporting those in particular who have a complex need or disability. She will volunteer in the health arena at the upcoming National Special Olympics GB Games in Sheffield in the summer.