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Don't miss your chance to share best practice

Susanne Cruickshank discusses the proactive changes afoot within the RCN cancer and breast care forum

Susanne Cruickshank discusses the proactive changes afoot within the RCN cancer and breast care forum


Gillian Knowles, winner of the RCNi Cancer Nursing Award. Picture: Mark Hakansson

It has been a quiet month for me as I took time away with the family in France. I therefore missed the unusually high temperatures in Scotland – a rare occurrence here.

I love the heat, but I know this is not universal. Unlike when I visited hospitals abroad, many in the UK do not have air conditioning, so the enthusiasm for heat is probably waning.

I also missed the RCNi Nurse Awards ceremony in London. It looked like a glittering affair. How fantastic to see such inspiring nurses from across the spectrum of care.

I was particularly pleased to see cancer nurse consultant Gillian Knowles and the metastatic cancer team in NHS Lothian win the RCNi Cancer Nursing Award. A worthy winner, and someone I have known for many years.

I would encourage you to enter these awards next year and share your work. 

Greater engagement

Going forward, the RCN cancer and breast care forum is in the process of updating and changing its web interface.

This is to reflect changes in the RCN to focus more proactively on the professional forums. It is hoped our forum site will become more interactive. As chair, I would welcome any thoughts and suggestions you may have.

We hope to engage more with staff nurses in the coming months as we work to facilitate the use of the career and education framework in clinical areas.

Please contact us if you want to engage with us about this. 


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Susanne Cruickshank is chair of the RCN cancer and breast care forum

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