Practice Nurses

Lisa Callaghan

RGN (Sheffield 2000)

Head of Nursing Royal Primary Care, Lead Nurse for Royal Primary Care Chesterfield.

I graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2000. I began my career in secondary care at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, working in a variety of clinical settings; these include A/E, Rheumatology, Vascular, Respiratory, Endocrinology and Cardiology. I became a ward sister in 2004. In 2009 I moved to general practice and took on the role of Practice Nurse at a very busy village surgery in Chesterfield, I loved it from day one. Patient care is my top priority, the biggest draw for me in primary care is the time and level of patient care that I can provide.

I graduated from the University Of Derby as an Independent Nurse Prescriber in 2016 and use this qualification enormously to the benefit of my patients and my colleagues.


I joined the excellent team at Royal Primary Care in January 2018 and was appointed as Head of Nursing in April 2018.

Tara Elsmore

After 6 years working within the care industry I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to study at the University of Derby to become a nurse, where I qualified with a first class honours degree.

Although I knew practice nursing was a huge interest of mine, I started my nursing career by gaining acute experience at Chesterfield Royal Hospital within Critical Care. It was vital I was able to adapt to the needs of each individual patient as the scope of illness here was wide and varied. As a result I learnt so much about the anatomy and physiology of the body.

This year was the start of my exciting new adventure as a Practice Nurse within Royal Primary Care. I am also currently studying at De Montfort University doing my Practice Nurse Degree at Masters Level, from which I'm gaining a wealth of knowledge.

I have a keen interest in asthma management and women's health, and hope to peruse further academic studies in these subjects in the near future to maximise my knowledge and understanding for the benefit of our patients.

Sarah Barker

Emma Smith

Gillian Benton