Award recognition for inspirational Leeds nurse

A Leeds nurse has won a major award at a ceremony recognising the skills, expertise and dedication of GP practice nurses across the region.

Lisa Tindall, from Gibson Lane Practice in Kippax, was named Practice Nurse Preceptor of the Year at the recent Practice Nurse Awards organised by NHS England.

Lisa was nominated for the inspirational support she gives to student nurses on placement in primary care. Reacting to winning the award, she said, “I was delighted to be nominated and absolutely gobsmacked to win.

“Being in the room with the other finalists where the standards were so high made me so proud; to be rewarded for trying your best and to feel like you’re making a difference is just overwhelming.”

Lisa has worked in health care for 25 years and has been a nurse since 1999. Explaining why she wanted to take on a preceptor role, she says: Summary

“When I was learning, I had lots of help and support, so I always wanted to give some of that back. Being a preceptor and supporting student nurses, junior staff and colleagues is my way of returning the help that I had when I was a junior member of staff.”

Deputy Director of Nursing for Yorkshire and the Humber, Wendy Barker, said: “We are thrilled so many people have come forward to nominate practice nurses for these awards. It shows what huge talent lies within the NHS in Yorkshire and the Humber.

“By celebrating the achievements of these individuals we can shine a light on just some of the fabulous people involved in practice nursing in the NHS.”

Practice nurses play a vital role in primary health care. As Lisa explains, it’s quite different from working in hospital, where nurses may only see patients for a short period of time. One of the best parts of the job, she says, is “meeting the patients and getting to know them and the whole family – and they get to know you and trust you. I get to see them grow up, and get to see them through the good times and the bad.

“As a nurse, being able to help people through those times is so important and one of the things I love about my job. It can be a real rollercoaster but it’s a privilege to be able to play such an important role in people’s lives.”

Several of Lisa’s colleagues were also recognised at the awards

  • Andrea Mann, Colton Mill, area finalist for innovation award
  • Julie Beer, Colton Mill, finalist for people’s choice award
  • Matthew McSara – Gibson Lane area finalist for rising star award
  • Lesley Wood, Oulton medical centre, area winner and regional finalist for nurse mentor award
  • Alison Reid, Gibson Lane, area winner and regional finalist for leadership award

If you’d like to follow in Lisa and her colleagues’ footsteps and want to find out more about a career in nursing, visit https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/nursing