Inez Stewart, who works as part of SCT’s supported living team in Burngreave, has been working for the NHS since arriving in Sheffield in the 1950s.
The author of ‘Many Rivers to Cross – A History of the Caribbean Contribution to the NHS’, Ann Kramer, visited the Saddacca Community Centre on the Wicker, where Inez takes part in a sewing class and arranged an interview at Inez’s home.
Said Inez: “I was happy to tell my story. Ann came to my house and I told her about what I enjoy about working for the NHS and some of my experiences. I have seen things change a lot since I arrived but the contribution of Afro-Caribbean nurses is still as important as ever.”
In 2001, Inez received an award for her public service from the government and despite her recent retirement she continues to work with Burngreave Development and specifically her work with service users with learning disabilities.
“I’ve been in Sheffield for many years and have enjoyed being part of the NHS. Caring for people and helping them overcome certain problems is what I love doing so I didn’t want to stop.
“I am proud my contribution to the NHS in Sheffield is valued and there are many other people in my situation who have worked equally hard. It’s nice that our efforts are acknowledged.”
The book includes pictures of Inez in her early days as an NHS nurse and chronicles the impact Afro-Caribbean workers have had on the health service and the wider British society.