Nurse Awards

Cancer Nursing Award finalist: Chemotherapy Information Team

Cancer Nursing Award finalist: Chemotherapy Information Team

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Training and development nurse Alison Peett led the transformation of care for patients about to embark on a course of chemotherapy at Cheltenham General Hospital. Previously patients had to wait for a one-to-one session, but now up to eight patients at a time attend an information morning and are able to bring a carer. There is a 20-minute presentation about the treatment and its side effects, and a ten-minute private nurse assessment. Patients receive tailored written information and signposting to support services for their specific needs, and have the opportunity to meet other patients to find peer support. Patient and carer feedback has been very positive.

Picture credit: Stephen Shepherd

The Cancer Nursing Award is supported by Cancer Nursing Practice and sponsored by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer SupportCancer can affect someone’s whole life. Macmillan provides practical, financial and emotional support from the time of diagnosis, during treatment and increasingly after cancer. Macmillan Support Line is a free, confidential service for anyone affected by cancer. Specialist teams can help with questions about treatment, fears and worries, or financial support. Call 0808 8080000 Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm. Free information booklets provide accurate and clear information on a range of subjects, and the Macmillan information and support centres offer face-to-face support. The online community connects people when they may feel alone. For more information visit