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Bravery award winner qualifies as nurse

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A former nursery worker who protected children during a high-profile attack in 1996 has completed a nursing course and now hopes to become a health visitor.

On 13 September Lisa Potts-Webb, 38, completed a three year nursing diploma at the University of Wolverhampton. She is now undertaking a degree in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting).

Ms Potts-Webb was awarded the George Medal for bravery by the Queen in 1997 after shielding children at a nursery in Blakenhall in the West Midlands from a man with a machete.

The attack took place on 8 July 1996, when Horrett Campbell, who had severe paranoid schizophrenia, entered St Luke’s Primary School in Blakenhall, Wolverhampton.

Ms Potts-Webb, who was 21 years old at the time, suffered severe cuts to her head and back, and almost had her arm severed.

She said: “What happened 17 years ago in that playground is part of my life. I’m very open about it if people ask me. But at the same time that was 17 years ago and you look forward to new opportunities.

“I’m really glad I took the plunge to study, lots of people encouraged me along the way and I’m looking forward to the coming year, which will involve more placements in the community.”

She added: “Nursing is hard work, especially having to balance the theory and the practical in terms of going out there and doing the job in a hospital.

“I did a range of nursing placements at New Cross in accident and emergency, cancer wards, care for the elderly, cardio – it gives you a really good grounding and I have to say I loved every single placement I did.”

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  • Congratulations Lisa, and to all the newly qualified nurses in the UK. Good luck for the future.

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  • Congratulations Lisa i lived in the Midlands at the time of the event and remember it very well.You should be very proud of your achievments .Good luck with your future studies Regards Adrian Jones

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  • many congratulations Lisa and a long, successful and fulfilling career.

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  • Congratulations Lisa and very best wises for your health visiting career.

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