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Triage pioneer

Philippa Jones' pioneering emergency care triage tool has won her a top award
Ms Jones

When Philippa Jones was named Quality in Care Cancer Nurse of the Year 2016, she was shocked.

‘I was thrilled to be nominated,’ she says, ‘but I didn’t think I would be so nervous.’

Receiving the glass trophy and framed certificate was a moment of immense professional pride for Ms Jones, capping a 42-year career, yet she insists: ‘I am an ordinary nurse, not an academic. I came from the shop floor.’ She also emphasises that her achievement is the result of dedicated teamwork.

Ms Jones received the award in recognition of her pioneering work developing the UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) triage tool, which is intended to transform emergency care pathways for patients with cancer.

Used throughout the UK, it has been adopted in Australia and New Zealand, is about to be introduced in Ireland and discussions about its introduction in the United


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