Health worker who became ambassador for cervical cancer after surviving illness is recognised for honours

A health support worker who has become an ambassador for cervical cancer awareness after beating the illness herself has been recognised for honours.

Lisa in uniform with award Lisa Tomlinson, who works at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, has been shortlisted in the ‘rising star’ category of the Nursing Times Awards.

Since successfully fighting cervical cancer more than a decade ago, Lisa has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity and lobbied the government to lower the age of cervical screening.

Lisa, who also relapsed with appendix cancer in 2015 but recovered, has become a champion for health promotion within her own workplace – organising countless awareness days and events and fundraising activities.

She currently organises a bi-monthly awareness campaign in all of the waiting areas in outpatients departments across the Trust’s two hospitals, with support from her fellow health support workers.

She has also retrained into a nursing associate position in orthopaedic outpatients – a new role created in the NHS to help bridge the development gap between a healthcare assistant and a registered nurse.

Lisa, who has also become a mentor to colleagues, will attend an awards ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on 27 October.

She said: “To have been through everything I have, surviving cancer twice, I really am just so appreciative of every day I have.

“I wanted to do all I could to raise awareness with women of the need to be screened. If I have helped some women go to that screening appointment and help catch cancer early, then it has all been worth it.

“I am so lucky to work in an organisation with so many fantastic people – so many have helped me run events, highlight so many health campaigns to our  staff and community and supported me to achieve my dream of becoming a nursing associate.

“I am so thankful for everything I have and am privileged to have the opportunity to meet and hear about so many amazing NHS staff from across the country at this event.”

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