Lisa Ryan, matron and clinical nurse specialist, Infection Prevention

Can you describe what you do day-to-day? 

Currently, I am a Matron and Senior Nurse for Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), working at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals. However, I have been working within our Trust for 26 years! No two days are ever the same, and that's one of the reasons I love my job so much. In essence, my job involves employing best practices to minimise the risk of healthcare-associated infection for patients, visitors, and all staff by providing expert advice, specialist knowledge and support. IPC spills into many areas, from clinical expertise to assisting patient management to working with project teams in built environment projects. Lisa Ryan portrait

What do you like most about your job?

I work alongside so many talented, skilled, compassionate, and patient-conscious colleagues from all areas and disciplines, who come from far and wide. Alongside our wonderful patients, my colleagues inspire me every day. 

What have been some of the highlights in your role to date?

Being nominated by colleagues for a Cavell Star Award last year. It was such a surprise! I was so humbled and overwhelmed. 

Which part of your job is most challenging?

I think COVID has been a real challenge for us all, but it has been a testing time for all IPC practitioners worldwide. However, I believe this has highlighted the importance of the role and the significance of IPC and IPC practitioners. I hope that we can build upon this positive engagement in the future. 

What is the best/funniest thing a patient has ever said to you?

I remember a patient trying to propose to me in front of his mum when I was undertaking a complex dressing for him when I was a Tissue Viability Nurse. Suffice to say, it was the drugs talking!

Why did you decide to work for the NHS?

I suppose it’s a cliché, but I have always wanted to be a nurse, ever since I can remember. I have always wanted to help people when they need it most - making a positive difference in their lives. I think that the NHS is a national treasure and something to be proud of. I cannot think of a more rewarding and worthwhile career than working within the NHS – I have loved every minute of it!