I am an Oncology Advanced Nurse Practitioner within the Cancer Centre at the University Hospital of North Midlands. Since committing to develop my role within Oncology, over 20 years ago, I have done a variety of roles including being a Staff Nurse; Chemotherapy Day Unit Sister; Project Nurse; Matron and for the past 5 years the Oncology ANP and Chemotherapy MDT Lead.
I have gained differing qualifications including MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice; non-medical prescribing and health assessment. This has enabled me to run independent nurse led chemotherapy clinics alongside that of working with clinicians in their chemotherapy clinics. I continue to advocate multi-disciplinary working through working closely with colleagues in clinical trials, pharmacy and site specific Clinical Nurse Specialists.
My desire is for safe, evidenced based and effective care that is patient focused and that staff feel supported and competent to deliver chemotherapy and supportive therapies.
I am responsible for managing the MacMillan Acute Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialists and continue to be involved with the Trust Acute Oncology Team to ensure that we have robust, effective and quality services for managing toxicities and cancer related symptoms experienced by our patients.