A county councillor has returned to the NHS role she did for more than 20 years to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Celia Tibble, who lives in Seaton, has been working with the Copeland community mental health team two days a week, four years after she left the role, to ensure there is enough cover while some members of staff are required to shield themselves or may be off sick.

"I am based with the Copeland community mental health team and feel useful and as if I'm helping, which is good," she said.

"One of the things I'm doing is supporting the full-time workers and making sure that they don't end up with a backlog of paperwork so that when all of this is over they can get back to what they've been doing.

"Like any business at the moment, there are people who have to shield or are off sick.

"I don't know how long it will last because it is a COVID-related post."

While she admitted she never expected to come out of retirement, Coun Tibble said the experience had been rewarding and she has enjoyed juggling the duties with her responsibilities as a councillor.

She added: "When I got the email to ask if I would consider it, I found out there was a need."