Lead Oncology Research Nurse
I qualified as a Staff Nurse in 1999 and throughout my career I have chosen to specialise in Haematology and Oncology nursing. As a newly qualified Staff Nurse I joined the Medical Haematology ward at Halifax General Hospital, during this time the service experienced many changes with the Haematology and Oncology services amalgamating, as my ward became part of the Specialist Haematology & Oncology ward within the newly formed Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. This enabled me to develop my skills and gain knowledge in Oncology nursing, achieving chemotherapy competency, acute triage and toxicity management.
When a career opportunity arose on the Chemotherapy Day Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital, I chose to specialise as a Chemotherapy Nurse, administering chemotherapy in an outpatient setting. The role involved the co-ordination of the unit and the triage of acute oncology patients’ self -referring into the service.
Specialising as a Chemotherapy Nurse allowed me to work closely with the Oncology Research Team and in 2007 I was successfully appointed as a Clinical Research Sister within the Oncology Research Team. This role has given me the chance to be part of a wider team of researchers working together to challenge current treatments, diagnostic investigations and screening programs, ensuring patients receive the most effective pathway and treatment available.