We’re delighted to announce that the winner of our June 2018 Team of the Month award is the Acute Oncology Nursing Team.
This service was launched only last year but has already made a huge impact, thanks to the specialist advice it is able to offer medical teams throughout our hospitals who are treating oncology patients as emergency admissions.
The team features Sally Simister, lead nurse for acute oncology, and Sue Scott, clinical nurse specialist.
Together, they work in a busy and sometimes difficult environment with real care and compassion, moving from different settings – on the wards, A&E, and in clinics – and across different groups, including consultants, ward staff, and patients and families.
Clinical nurse specialist Zakra Nisa nominated the nurses for going “above and beyond their call of duty”.
“They’re a small team slowly building up a bigger team to meet the needs of patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and support their journeys,” said Zakra.
The judging panel felt the real strength of the team was that they provide a relatively new service which has really strengthened the specialist care we provide to cancer patients and improves their experience of our hospitals.
Presenting Sally and Sue with their award, Tanya Claridge, director of governance and corporate affairs, praised the team for the impact it has made. Tanya’s sentiments were echoed by Amanda Procter, lead cancer nurse, who thanked both Sally and Sue for their hard work.
Often patients with known cancers are admitted as emergency cases due to acute complications surrounding treatment including chemotherapy or radiotherapy.