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Board Members

The UKONS Board is made up of executive officers, members, co-opted members and prospective members.

The Board meet at face-to-face meetings four times a year and have regular telephone meetings throughout the year.

Each year the Board has at least one major work plan to deliver, as well as the UKONS annual conference to plan and organise with our Secretariat, Succinct Medical Communications.

Helen Roe

UKONS President

Helen has been a UKONS Board member for a number of years and key leader of the Chemotherapy / Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment (SACT) Members Interest Group (MIG) until recently. Day-to-day Helen is employed as Consultant Cancer Nurse by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, which is part of the Northern Cancer Alliance. Helen is also a Consultant Editor for the British Journal of Nursing Oncology supplement.
 
Helen has worked in adult cancer care for most of her career and continues to provide a role, which enables her to remain very clinical, yet also be active in both research, service developments and educating others. She has developed a wealth of skills, knowledge and expertise in patient care, leadership and service development, all of which influence her day to day practice and ultimately the patient care she provides.
 
Her specialist area of clinical expertise is the management of patients with breast cancer. This involves assessing patients; managing symptoms and treatment toxicities, prescribing, requesting radiological investigations, developing and leading services i.e. homecare service, requesting Oncotype DX testing and ensuring patients are offered the opportunities to take part in research. She has presented at many conferences, from local to international; published extensively on an array of topics; developed on-line education modules and delivers national extravasation training events.

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Jane Proctor

Secretary

Jane is the Deputy Nurse Director/ Lead Cancer Nurse  at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust . She has worked in cancer care for over eleven years and is passionate about providing the best services possible for patients and their families.
 
Her key areas of interest are ensuring that nurses are skilled and confident to deliver high quality care, developing innovative new services focused on the needs of patients and their carers and developing the leadership potential of all nurses within cancer care.

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Dr. Verna Lavender

Treasurer

Dr Verna Lavender is a registered nurse and scientist. She is Senior Lecturer in Cancer Care, Cancer Nurse Researcher and Oxford Clinical Academic Fellow. Since qualifying as a nurse in 1987, Verna has worked in a variety of health service settings, including acute and primary care, cancer care education and training, and service improvement and research. She is passionate about cancer nursing research to improve outcomes of people with cancer and has won the Royal College of Nursing International Excellence in Cancer Research award in 2016. Her current research focuses on nursing people receiving systemic anti-cancer treatments and models of nursing care, particularly in cancer clinical trials. Verna is a member of several cancer nursing societies and has worked with cancer charities throughout her career.

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Sandra Campbell

Board member

Since 2006, Sandra has been employed in NHS Forth Valley as a Macmillan Nurse Consultant in Cancer and Palliative Care. Her remit covers acute and primary care and involves engagement on a strategic level with partners in local authorities and voluntary agencies. She has a particular interest in how patients and carers live with and beyond a diagnosis of cancer and the impact of that diagnosis on the whole family as well as a particular interest in the provision of end of life care. Her passion lies with how UKONS supports staff to deliver the best care possible and she holds the belief that good communication is absolutely fundamental to all nursing, leading on communication training locally.

Nurses are in an ideal position to ensure the best care and communication possible for patients and those close to them. Education for cancer nurses and those caring for patients with cancer is essential to facilitate this. UKONS is an excellent example of how nurses can be provided with the information and knowledge they require to influence effective change. Sandra has been impressed with initiatives through UKONS and how these have improved care. The latest initiative, Consequences of Cancer Treatment will help take forward the whole survivorship agenda and she would welcome the opportunity to support this process. Another challenge is enhancing the value of specialist palliative care along the cancer pathway. Since April this year Sandra has been National Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care in Scotland.

With Sandra’s joint responsibility, she can bring a different perspective to the Board.

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Wendy Anderson

Board Member

Wendy is a Macmillan Nurse Consultant at a large cancer centre in the North East of England. She has worked in cancer care in particular Systemic Anticancer Therapy (SACT) for over twenty years and is passionate about providing the best services possible for patients and their families. Her key areas of interest are ensuring that nurses are skilled and confident to deliver chemotherapy and supportive interventions based upon good evidence, developing nurse led services which are focused on the needs of patients and their carers and developing the leadership potential of all nurses within cancer care.
 
Wendy is also Chair of the UKONS SACT MIG (Members' Interest Group).

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Mark Foulkes

Board Member

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Karen Campbell

Board Member

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Mary Tanay

Board Member

NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow

Twitter: @MerryTea    Linked In: Mary Tanay

Mary’s nursing experience spans almost 20 years spent in various surgical and medical oncology settings. For several years, she was a unit lead research nurse at the Royal Marsden Hospital where she supported patients who participated in studies that explored supportive therapies, IMRT, chemotherapy and targeted cancer agents. She completed a Royal Marsden Diploma in Cancer Nursing. After gaining an MSc in Nursing Research at King’s College London, she joined King’s Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care in 2011 as Senior Teaching Fellow. Mary holds a PGCert in Healthcare Education and is also a Fellow of the UK HEA. Her research interests include patient experience, survivorship and supportive care in cancer with focus on chemotherapy related neuropathy. In 2019, Mary was awarded a Doctoral Research Fellowship by the National Institute of Health Research. Mary was involved in the development of materials such as the UKONS SACT Passport, CR-UK Your Cancer Treatment Record Book, and ESMO-EONS Head and Neck Patient Information Sheet. Mary is member of Communications Group of the European ONS.

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Una Cardin

Board Member

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Kay Bell

Board Member

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Fiona Campbell

Board Member

Macmillan Consultant Nurse SACT/Oncology

(Lead Nurse SACT), NHS Highland

 

Fiona is the Macmillan Consultant Nurse SACT and the Lead Nurse for SACT in NHS Highland. She is based in Raigmore Hospital, one of the 5 Scottish Cancer Centres. Fiona has worked in cancer care for over thirty years, 25 of which have been based in NHS Highland and during this time, has played a key role in shaping the SACT nursing service that exists there today. Fiona has been a member of UKONS from its earliest days and actively promotes membership of the organisation amongst cancer nurses and allied professionals.

Fiona’s current role comprises both clinical and strategic roles requiring up to date knowledge and skills but also providing professional leadership for the SACT nursing service. Fiona is passionate about providing the optimum possible care for all patients and their families undergoing SACT and also about ensuring the development of the existing workforce to meet the challenges of the future. NHS Highland covers a massive geographical area and care is also delivered to patients from NHS Western Isles therefore the challenges of ensuring close professional collaboration and co-operation to deliver safe care to a remote and rural population are also a key interest.

Fiona is actively involved in delivering nurse-led clinics for the assessment and prescribing of SACT and supportive care to patients of all cancer diagnoses, undergoing treatment, including those living and receiving SACT and supportive treatments remotely. She provides professional leadership, practical assistance and advice to SACT professionals and others as appropriate.

Fiona is the nurse member of the Lead SACT team for NHS Highland. A key role of the team is to ensure that NHS Highland fulfils the requirements of CEL 30(2012) WHICH IS THE Guidance for the Safe Delivery of SACT pertaining to Scotland.

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Debbie Wightman

Board Member

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Lisa Barrott

Board Member

Chemotherapy Nurse Consultant

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

 

I have been in oncology for approximately 13 years and a UK ONS member for 10 years. During this time I have worked in a variety of areas, including research, ambulatory care, Acute Oncology and Cancer of Unknown Primary; I have also undertaken different roles including clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager and cancer matron, most recently becoming the Chemotherapy Nurse Consultant for the Royal Marsden Hospital.

I am very interested in the development of extended practice roles and innovative, new models of care, that allow patients to have their treatments closer to home, outside the hospital setting. I am also a keen advocate of nurse education and supporting nurses’ role development. Currently I’m developing multi-professional chemotherapy on-treat clinics with a Consultant pharmacist colleague, supporting and extending new community based SACT services for the Trust, and reviewing our whole ambulatory care patient pathway.

 

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Nellie Kumaralingham

Board Member

AOS Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Assessment Unit (Smithers Ward)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

 

Nellie is an experienced advanced nurse practitioner with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Nellie has been working in the field of oncology for sixteen years in a variety of roles. Areas’ of interest include advanced practice, nurse led initiatives and skin cancer.

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Dr. Louise Soanes

Board Member

Teenage Cancer Trust Nurse Consultant

CYP Cancer Services, University College Hospital

 

Louise is the Teenage Cancer Trust Nurse Consultant for Adolescents & Young Adults at the University College Hospital, London. As a children’s and adult nurse she has worked with children, teenagers & young adults with cancer in a variety of hospitals in London. She also held an academic post at London South Bank University, in cancer nursing. Louise's Professional Doctorate in Nursing examined the role of supportive care in young adults’ identity development. 

Louise’s research interests and clinical work focuses on survivorship, self-management, and patient advocacy. Whilst her professional leadership roles include regional/national strategy and policy to ensure healthcare meets the health and social care needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer.

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