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I have known Paul for 22 years, the first time we met was when we both started on Stewart Assessment ward from that day we became not just work colleagues but good friends. We had lots of laughs in and out of work, memories I will cherish. He was such a caring man whom everybody loved and will be missed by everyone, he was one of the best. Condolences to David and Paul’s family xxx

Lots of love, Karen Carmody

I had the pleasure of working with Paul over these past few years in the LLAMS team, he was a true gentleman, so kind, caring and such a dedicated nurse.  We are very saddened to lose 'Our Paul', he will be missed so much by us all, but he will never be forgotten and will be forever in our hearts, Rest in Peace Paul.

Deepest sympathy to David and all the family.

Julie Smith, Later Life and Memory Service, St Helens

​I've just had a telephone call from a service user's daughter enquiring after Paul.  She said she has read the paper and wanted to know if it was 'our' Paul (I confirmed).  Marian broke down on the phone and said she was devastated and offered condolences to the team – wondering how you are all coping.  She said he was such a lovely man  and was so special.  She said her father has Alzheimer's and the family were at their 'wits end' and didn't know where to turn or what to do.  Paul came in like a knight in shining armour and sorted everything out for them offering reassurance and explaining about the disease.  She said Paul is a great loss to the NHS in itself.  She also said she will make a contribution to the Alzheimer's Charity.

She said to tell you all she is thinking of you at this very sad time.

Service user's daughter

I do not know Paul however I feel saddened to hear this news.

Wishes to his family and colleagues

Amanda Cunliffe

​One of the most gentle, kind and caring nurses I've had the pleasure to know. Paul will be sorely missed by both colleagues and patients alike. We've lost a gem

Our heartfelt condolences go out to David and his family....he was one in a million 

Sending lots of love and will be remembered always" 

Jane and Mike Kenny xxx

​It was a pleasure getting to know Paul as a colleague at LLAMS. He was always very friendly, mild mannered and wanted the best for his patients. Paul was also very hospitable, inviting the team round to his house after a work night out and making us feel very welcome. Paul will be sadly missed and my thoughts are with his husband, friends and family. 

Laura Tyndall, Occupational Therapist

​Paul was a very caring, devoted nurse.  I loved his sense of humour and hang-dog expression.  When it was my 60th birthday and he was taking my photo, he positioned me, "chin up, turn slightly towards the right", precious memories of him.  Paul was just a lovely, lovely man.

Linda Jones, Senior Nurse Practitioner

​My sincere condolences to Paul's husband David and Pauls family.

When I joined St Helens Llams I was made welcome by all the team and Paul was always ready to have a chat and guide me in the ways of working in St Helens. I often spoke to Paul about complex cases and he was constantly ready to share his skills and knowledge in a most empathic and caring way- the ultimate professional – enabling us to provide the best care to all our service users.

My last email from Paul was his usual jokey style and asking how to get a Covid test as he thought he had "man flu"- it's such a tragedy.

Happier memories are when, as a newbie to the team and still finding my feet- there was Paul, dressed as Father Christmas, joking and giving out presents to all the staff at our Christmas buffet.

My current role involves working in care homes in the St Helens area and without fail every single care home on hearing the terribly sad news have said how Paul was the ultimate professional and send their deepest sympathies to St Helens Llams and to Pauls family.

Rest in peace Paul, you will be very sadly missed.

Jennifer Settle, Advanced Nurse Practitioner / Non Medical Prescriber

​I worked with Paul for number of years in my role as university link lecturer for the later life and memory services in St Helens. I was so deeply shocked and saddened to hear that he had lost his battle with Covid-19.

Paul was the placement allocation lead and practice assessor for a great many nursing students over the years we worked together. Whilst I cannot speak on behalf of the many many students he took under his wing, I can say that his input into their learning journey was significant. He was more than a practice assessor, mentor and teacher he was very much the dedicated and compassionate nurse role model that anyone would be privileged to be coached and guided by.

As a colleague he was always someone I felt able to rely on to offer the very best experience student nurses could have. We sat a great many times in the office going through allocations, assessment documents, action plans and audits and I remember very fondly the stories and laughs we shared during those visits. 

As a link lecturer I worked with many nurse assessors but Paul was one person that always stood out. His gentle, kind and caring approach was hugely impactful for the people he cared for, their loved ones and family members, the wider professional team and the those wanting to learn from and with him. 

You will be missed so very much and by so very many Paul. 

Paula Kennedy, Family Pschotherapist

​I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Paul's husband David and Paul's family. I can only imagine the grief they will be feeling at his sudden and tragic loss.

I worked in the St Helens Adult Team for many years and Paul was part of the LLAMS team

"next door" .I will remember him fondly as the most friendly and kind person who was always smiling.

Without a doubt if I or a member of my family needed care Paul was the absolute epitome of who I would choose.  I know how devastated his  colleagues are in the LLAMS  team  are and the wider St Helens NHS "family " - my thoughts and prayers go to you all.

Rest in Peace Paul, as heaven has surely gained an NHS Angel.

Paula Slevin, Advanced Practitioner in Personality Disorder 

​Sincere condolences to Paul's husband David and all his family and friends.

I am completely shocked at the extremely sad and sudden passing of Paul. Being in the same mental health nurse training cohort as Paul I got to know him through our small class friendship group. Paul was one of life's genuinely nice people. A quiet man, funny and kind hearted. Destined to be the well loved, caring, compassionate and respected  nurse he obviously became.

May all that were close to Paul find comfort in all the happy memories you have of him.

Remembering Paul with much fondness from nurse training days.
Love and prayers, 

Marie Middlehurst (ne-Sweeney)

​Dear All

Can I please convey my profound and Deepest regrets for the loss of a valuable member of you team.

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Pauls's family and the LLAMS team. You are as small well-knit team and this must be very difficult. He is real NHS Hero.

I am happy for anyone to conatct me if they want a chat. Again my prayers and best wishes.

Please keep safe.

Raj, Consultant Pscyhiatrist

​On behalf of myself and St Helens CCG colleagues we would like to offer our sincere condolences following the death of your CPN Paul.

He was well known and a highly respected colleague. I'm sure the staff and colleagues who knew him are devastated, take care.

Pauline, St Helens CCG 

I have just seen the extremely sad news of Pauls death. I was so shocked. I worked with the team during my MSc course and have so many happy memories of the team and Paul in particular.

He was always so kind and funny and made me feel very welcome in the LLAMS St Helens team.

Please pass on my condolences to all the team.

Kate Dutton, Advanced Nurse Practitioner 

I had the pleasure of meeting Paul several times when I was doing Care Home Liaison, and on the ward and he was always a warm, and genuine person. I m not sure what else to say really.

It must be a really sad and difficult time for all you and all your team.

Hope you are keeping well

Take care

Louise Burns, Clinical Team Manager

​It was a sad day Paul when you gained your angel  wings you have left a gaping hole in the team I miss your wit and charm but most of all the hugs which I must say you hated but stood still when given the silly videos you sent which had me belly laughing till I cried for ever in my heart and mind sending my condolences to David and your family sleep tight lovely man. xx

Sue Boal, St Helens Later life and memory services

​I'm really sorry about the loss of someone who has been such a significant part of our NHS. Please let his family know that I'm thinking of them.

John Battersby, Governor

​Deepest condolences at this time a great loss to our Trust.

In sympathy

Vic Foulds, Governor

​I do not know Paul however I feel saddened to hear this news.

Wishes to his family and colleagues

Amanda Cunliffe

​I would like to pass my condolences on to the family, friends and colleagues of Paul.

I did not know him personally but what from what I have read, he seemed a fantastic character, adored by those who knew him.

He has touched their lives and left fond memories which I know they will treasure.

With deepest sympathy

Linda Farrington, Operational Manager

​I have known and worked with Paul since he was a student nurse on Stewart Assessment Ward many years ago and will always have very fond memories of him.    He was a very kind and caring person. He always found time to speak to everyone and always enjoyed bringing cakes in for everyone at the end of each month as it was his treat to the team. He was a lovely person and he will be so missed. 

The Trust is losing one of the best!   My most heartfelt condolences to David and Paul's family xxxx

Ann Daniels, friend and ex colleague

​I was so upset to hear the news about Paul earlier this week.  Over the past eight years, I have had regular contact with Paul in his role as Student Link for the St Helens LLAMS team.   He was very conscientious about this role, always keen to ensure that the team provided all learners with excellent learning opportunities and support,  with the aim of helping them to develop their skills and proficiencies.  

Paul was an excellent role model for students, being knowledgeable and professional whilst demonstrating a real sense of himself as a person.  

I absolutely agree with the comment made in the Trust communications about Paul being exactly the sort of nurse I would have wanted if I or my family needed care, both due to his commitment to his job but also the warmth of his personality which shone through.  He will really be missed.

Kind regards

Pam Sixsmith, Practice Education Facilitator

​I would like to express my sincere condolences to David and Paul's family.  My thoughts are with you all.

Paul was such a wonderful man.  During my time at Peasley Cross Hospital, Paul helped me so much during a very difficult time with my mother's illness, and helped me have her placed into wonderful nursing home.

We continued to communicate on Facebook and he had such a wonderful sense of humour and he was so kind and considerate and always had time for others. 

It was a pleasure to have known him.  I am truly shocked and such tragic news.  

RIP Paul.

Julie Burnett, Admin manager -  Xxx

​I have known Paul for a number of years, a very gentle, witty, loving caring individual. A memory that stays with me is one Christmas in 2016, I was sat with my lovely (surrogate Team) in the St Helens unit, in my role as Admiral nurse. As we all are very busy with work commitments, Paul arranged a quiz and the team were having a buffet. Even though I wasn't officially part of the team, they all made me so welcome. Paul insisted I stay for the quiz and buffet, which was very touching. His witt shone through as always, it was the funniest quiz I have ever been involved with, his infectious humour had us all in stitches, quiz questions so  funny. That day Paul put me the Christmas spirit and his lovely personality lives on, in all who were fortunate enough to know him.

My heartfelt condolences to your partner Dave

You will be sadly missed.

Cheryl Ogier, Admiral Nurse Practitioner

I would like to offer my sincere condolences  to all of Andy's family and friends and all are in my thoughts and prayers. I have many fun memories of our time knowing each other through our nursing studies, working on the wards and having many a night out round Wigan and Leigh. As others have stated when I would see you in passing, the banter would flow straight  away – normally at my expense but would not have it any other way – and as if we had seen each other only yesterday. You would regard me as your "talkative friend" when on duty together and tell patients that if they were not careful they would have to listen to me for hours – that seemed to work well!! Ha ha.

It was a honour to have you as my mate and colleague pal and you have been taken from us far too soon. I will always remember positive memories mate and I know the pearly gates now have a new bouncer and you will be looking after everyone who has been lost to this awful virus.

Love you loads pal ( I know you'll tell me off for saying this but has to be said! ) and thanks for being you. They will be huge angel wings on your back now!

Gazza - Gareth Howard, Wigan Mental Health Nurse and friend 

​I've worked and known Andy for many years. Time passes us by so fast. R.I.P, sleep tight.

Amanda Southern, Support Time Recovery Worker

​I have Known Andy for a number of years from Leigh Infirmary and then onto the Chesterton Unit. He was a popular and valued member of the team and you knew when he was on shift with you, you knew it would be a good one. He had a wealth of experience and a no nonsense approach which made you feel at ease. He had a fantastic sense of humour and always made me laugh even when times were tough. He was supportive to his patients in his care and also his colleagues. I was saddened to hear of his passing he will be greatly missed by all. 

Jane Hill, Nursing Assistant 

​Firstly, I would like to offer my condolences to Andy's family and friends.

Having worked for many years with Andy at Leigh Infirmary and throughout the trust, he has been a sound, grounded person.

Andy always had an opinion (he was right occasionally too), however I can honestly say that his support was from the heart and with patient care and staff support in mind.

Someone so special can never be forgotten, may his soul rest in peace.

Angela Calland, Team Manager, Wigan

​I did  not know Andy but works for  NHS like myself.

So sorry to hear the sad news of a NHS employee. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Janet Dawson, Admin Clerk, St Helens

​I would like to express to the family of Andy Collier my deepest sympathy for your loss.

I have known Andy a long time in fact the first time we met was at a golf competition ran by my brother in law a postman at the Wigan branch and from that day we became friends and he always had the time of day for you. I often saw Andy at Hollins Park and he always came over to me and we had a general chat covering all sorts of topics always with his great sense of humour. We did not see each other as much over the last few years due to me working in the community but on the occasions I did see him it was like meeting an old friend and he always brought a smile to my face.

God bless you pal! I will miss our little chats and friendly banter, we have lost a wonderful person to a terrible illness.

Colin Ibbetson, Senior Nurse Practitioner, Wigan 

​Whilst I didn't know Andy well, I can feel the impact his loss has had on his colleagues and the patients he cared for. I for one will remember his strength in standing up for what he believed to be fair and right – for himself, his colleagues and the patients he cared for.

Andy, I am so sorry you were taken away from your loved ones, friends and colleagues far too soon. Love and strength to everyone affected by your loss, but first and foremost your loving family.

Janette Barton, Operational Manager, Specialist Services

​I want to express my deepest sympathies to Andy’s wife Carol, family and friends at this very sad time.  I have known Andy for over 15 years, both out of work via friends and in work as a colleague. Across the years, one thing that never changed was Andy’s witty banter and sense of humour…he could always make a whole room laugh with his one liners. He was very passionate about his role as a Union rep. He supported and stood up for those in their time of need and showed warmth, empathy and compassion. This also showed in his role as a nurse. Andy was a great advocate for patients and showed compassion and understanding to all those he cared for. I know he will be greatly missed by those who have been fortunate to know and work with him over the years.

May Andy now rest in peace, he will never be forgotten x

Anna Garnett, Clinical Team Manager

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Andy, I had the privilege of knowing Andy for the last 20 years, he was a true gent and always had time for anybody who needed him.

It’s a devastating loss and he will be truly missed. God bless mate. Will miss you.

Steve Simpson, Deputy Team Manager

​I would like to express my condolences to Andy’s Family…he was a lovely guy, kind to me, always smiling and genuinely asking how you are, he was caring and compassionate. He will be missed by me and I am sure he will be missed by both patients and staff alike at the NWBH. Good night Andy. God bless.

Karen Coady, Clinical Pharmacist

​With deepest sympathy to you all on the tragic loss of your loved one. I did not know Andy but as an employee of North West Boroughs NHS Trust, the loss of one of our “NHS Family”, is felt by us all. Working for the NHS is a vocation that is in your heart from the days you start, and I’m sure Andy gave everything to support the patients and staff he served. Thank you to him for this and thank you to you for supporting him in his career.

With deepest condolences.

Linda Farrington, Operational Manager

​I worked with Andy several years ago at Hollins Park, he was lovely to work with and a very supportive member of the team. He was always  so nice to the patients in our care and you knew you could count on him to make any shift go smoothly. It was a pleasure working with him and he will be sadly missed. Andy was proud to be a union rep and he would always be happy to offer people support and advise if they needed this and obviously we would often tease him about this role, Andy liked work place banter and would always laugh and joke with everyone he worked with.

I am so shocked and sad to hear that we have lost Andy to our work family and although I have not worked with him for several years I will always remember him fondly and send all my thoughts and best wishes to his friends and family at this terrible time.

RIP Andy - Lesley Lawton, Senior Nurse Practitioner

​I would like to express my sincere sadness on the loss of a dear colleague, Andy Collier. I had the pleasure of working alongside Andy when he worked on Chesterton and he was extremely supportive to his colleagues, as well as being a great nurse, and he will be missed by many.
May he now rest in peace.

Linda Harrison, Deputy Manager - Chesterton Unit

​I would like to express my sadness at the loss of Andy to this awful virus. It is clear to me from talking to his friends and to his wife Carol, what a warm, caring and compassionate man he was. To have been taken so young means that he has paid the ultimate sacrifice in looking after people who were in great need. We will never forget him.

Simon Barber, Chief Executive

​I didn't know or have the opportunity to work with Andy but just wanted to write and thank you for your sacrifice. It may not be much comfort to his family and friends at this very difficult time but his contributions and help to others will not be forgotten. For me his name will now always represent the care and effort healthcare staff can bring to their roles.

God Bless you Andy and may you rest in peace.

​I would like to express my sincere condolences for the very sad loss of our colleague Andy Collier this is a very sad time for his family and colleagues and my heart goes out to them. Everyone who speaks about Andy says what a great guy he was and I hope that his family and friends can take some comfort from all of the good things people are saying about him and the good wishes that will surround them from his NHS family.

Please keep safe

Tribute by Helen Bellairs, Chairman

​I knew Andy as a Unite rep and while I hadn't seen him myself for some time I had a lot of respect for him and appreciate the work he was doing as our branch secretary. It takes a lot of courage, strength and generosity to stand up for others in this position and this says a lot about the man he was and how we will remember him.

Tribute from Danny McGowan, Unite rep and therapist, Wigan CAMHS 

​I am very shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Andy Collier.  I have only very recently got to know Andy.  He has been a tremendous support to me over the last few months in his capacity as a Union representative.   He was friendly, supportive and very approachable.  My condolences to his family, friends  and colleagues 

​I would like to express my sincere condolences for the very sad loss of a wonderful man, Andy Collier. I was shocked and extremely sad to hear the news of his passing.

He was my union rep and helped me no end through my work difficulties. He was what I called "old school"; no nonsense, straight to the point and oh so very genuine.  Nothing was too much trouble for him.  He came to visit me at home and was always available for me to talk to him.

He will be sadly missed.

Tribute from Helen Kay, medical secretary