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Cancer Nursing Award now open for entries in the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017

Cancer nurses are invited to enter the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017 – the UK nursing profession’s highest accolade for excellence.

Cancer nurses are invited to enter the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017 – the UK nursing profession’s highest accolade for excellence.

Carole Connor and the team from South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust’s Aylesford Unit
Carole Connor and the team from South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust’s Aylesford Unit.
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The awards showcase the dedication, creativity and passion of nurses in providing high-quality patient care across the health service.

The Cancer Nursing Award category is open to NHS or independent sector nurses who care for and treat cancer patients.

Delivery of care improvements

Nurses must demonstrate their initiatives have led to improvements in the delivery of cancer patients’ care.

This year’s winners were nurses from South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust’s Aylesford Unit.

Here, nurse consultant Carole Connor developed a nurse-led comprehensive acute oncology service including an outpatient chemotherapy service seven days a week. 

Ms Connor said: ‘We are committed to providing an excellent service and making a difference to our patients and carers.’

Nurses, midwives and health visitors – as well as assistant practitioners, healthcare assistants and nursing students – will all have opportunities to enter awards across 13 categories:

  • Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award.
  • Cancer Nursing Award.
  • Child Health Award.
  • Commitment to Carers Award – sponsored by NHS England.
  • Community Nursing Award – sponsored by Superdrug.
  • Excellence in Cancer Research Award – sponsored by Cancer Research UK.
  • Innovations in your Specialty.
  • Leadership Award.
  • Learning Disability Nursing Award – sponsored by NHS England.
  • Mental Health Practice Award.
  • Nursing Older People Award.
  • Patient’s Choice Award – sponsored by Yakult.
  • RCN Healthcare Assistant Award – sponsored by the RCN.

Other projects recognised by judges this year in the cancer nursing category included work by King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust hepatocellular carcinoma clinical nurse specialist Gillian Al-Kadhimi.

Ms Al-Kadhimi has introduced a Skype clinic in the hepatocellular carcinoma liver cancer unit, allowing patients to access specialist care from the comfort of their home.

'More important than ever'

Cancer Nursing Practice specialist journal editor, Lisa Berry, who was on this year’s judging panel encouraged cancer nurses to enter the category.

She said: ‘Given the year-round unrelenting pressure on services, it’s more important than ever to enter the awards and shine a light on initiatives that have improved care for your patients.’

An overall Nurse of the Year award will also be chosen by the judges from the winners on the night.

Nurses can either nominate themselves, their team or be nominated by a colleague.

The RCNi Nurse Awards event is being held on 5 May, 2017 at the Westminster Park Plaza in London.

More information is available at www.nurseawards.co.uk


Further Information

Cancer Nursing Award winner: Aylesford Unit Nursing Team

Trailblazers deliver nurse-led care in acute oncology unit

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