Nurse Awards

Excellence in Cancer Research Award finalist: Elisabeth Turner

Excellence in Cancer Research Award finalist: Elisabeth Turner

Senior Research Nurse, NIHR Clinical Research Network: North West Coast Taskforce

Elisabeth was nominated for this award for making a significant impact on a study aiming to improve methods of pancreatic reconstruction and promote enhanced recovery programmes for pancreatic cancer patients. She has led and co-ordinated the implementation of the PANasta study – a one-to-one randomisation trial of two surgical techniques – at its leading site, the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Elisabeth is responsible for the study’s conduct, patient safety and wellbeing, and the recruitment, co-ordination and continued organisation of trial patients, along with their associated data and samples. The recruitment and ongoing support of patients with pancreatic cancer is especially challenging, as they are already struggling with complex treatment regimens and need considerable psycho-social support. Elisabeth has been crucial to educating and promoting the research among clinical staff.

Picture credit: Neil O'Connor

The Excellence in Cancer Research Award is supported by Cancer Nursing Practice and sponsored by Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UKCancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. It is committed to improving the lives of those affected by cancer and discovering kinder, more effective treatments for patients. Cancer Research UK supports more than 250 clinical trials across the UK, helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Joining a clinical trial may have benefits for patients, as well as helping new treatments become available. Its unique clinical trials database lists all trials around the UK supported by Cancer Research UK and others. Searchable by trial name, cancer type or location, the database includes details of trials recruiting patients, as well as results from earlier trials. Written specifically for patients, it provides reliable, easy to understand information and is updated daily. Visit the clinical trials database at