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Combing research, education and practice wins Cherith Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year award

Cherith Semple is not sure what inspired her to become a nurse. All she knows is that it was on her bucket list from a young age. ‘I came across one of my primary school journals recently and in it were my life ambitions: to become a nurse and travel to Australia. I’ve done both so I guess I need a new list,’ she says, laughing.

Dr Semple is a Macmillan cancer nurse specialist (CNS) at the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in Belfast, Northern Ireland (NI). She scooped the NI Nurse of the Year award in May for leading a series of initiatives that have resulted in significant improvements for patients living with head and neck cancer at local, national and international level.

After completing a PhD study exploring the factors that contribute to post-treatment psychosocial difficulties associated


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