The unsung hero dedicated her award to all the children she has looked after during her career.
Lisa Beaumont, senior play specialist at Leeds General Infirmary, was recognised not only for her work with young patients but also as she is the Leeds Children’s Transplant Team manager.
The judges picked her because of her sheer dedication, after hearing that she not only manages the transplant team and takes the team to the British Transplant Games, but also fundraises for them, organises other trips and a Christmas party.
She was described as “the kindest person we have ever had the pleasure to meet” by the parents of one young patient and said to be “totally selfless”, not wanting recognition but only for the children she cares for to be happy.
Lisa said: “It’s the children who are the heroes and it’s a privilege to work with them.
“This goes out to all of them who have lost their fight.”
She added that it was a huge honour and also urged people to think about organ donation, as there are so many children who are desperately in need of a transplant.
The runner-up in this category was Amanda Brook, substance misuse team lead at HMP Whealstun, who has established a very successful service to help prisoners struggling with substance misuse
The other shortlisted nominees in this category, which was sponsored by Managers in Partnership were Claire Marsden, who set up the Harry’s Star fund in memory of her baby son Harry; John Walsh, from the York Street Health Practice and Elaine Gale, a cleaner at St James’s Hospital.