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RHC nurse shortlisted for prestigious national prize

Nurse Lisa Gervais, who cares for children with digestive disorders, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Lisa, who works at the Royal Hospital for Children as an IBD research nurse specialist, has been shortlisted in the Nursing Times wards, under the Nurse of the Year category.

Lisa said: “I was shocked but delighted to be nominated by my manager, Vikki Garrick, and lead clinician Professor Richard Russell. I had to read and re-read the email when it came through. I am really grateful and delighted that colleagues took the time to nominate me.”

Lisa will now attend a selection interview panel in London this month, ahead of the November ceremony.

“I really feel honoured to be recognised in this way for a job I love. The great thing about it is that I get to combine clinical work, with exciting research work. It really is the best of both worlds,” added Lisa.

Vikki said: “Lisa has only been with us for two years and is the first person in our team to ‘morph’ the two roles of research and patient care. Her research targets have gone through the roof – up by 300 per cent – as she has such a great rapport with her patients.

“She has transformed the role of the clinical IBD nurse by integrating research into clinical practice, increasing the number of patients taking part in clinical research studies and promoting innovation in clinical practice driven by research findings. Lisa is driven, knowledgeable and, above all, patient centred. We feel she’s very worthy of this award and we wish her well.”

Lisa is the only Scotland-based nurse to be shortlisted in the awards, which will be announced at a glittering event in London in November.