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Lesley McKay

Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control

Lesley works in the Infection Preventation and Control team here at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals. Lesley would like to share her NHS story with you.

Why did you choose to work in the NHS?

Since a very early age I had always wanted to be a nurse. I started working for the NHS in 1988 and have never considered working anywhere else. 

Tell us about your role? 

I worked in surgery and ICU before moving into Infection Prevention and Control.  I am responsible for directing the strategy to prevent healthcare associated infections to patients, visitors, and staff. I feel both privileged and honoured to have worked closely with all staff across the Trust to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, which we did admirably, and this was probably the most challenging and at the same time rewarding event in my NHS career.

What do you most enjoy about your role? 

In my role, no two days are alike and new challenges are always emerging.  I enjoy working with teams across the Trust and supporting decision making on patient care.

What would you say to someone thinking about a career in the NHS? 

I would encourage anyone to pursue a career in the NHS, choose a role you are passionate about and even on the toughest of days, you will go home feeling like you are a winner.

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Image of Lesley McKay from her childhood dressed as a nurse

Lesley as a child dressed as a nurse