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  • 08 Pfizer Excellence in Oncology Awards 2008 Pride in Progress Commendations Winners ARO08/028i These awards are organised and funded by Pfizer Limited Date of preparation September 2008 in association with the British Oncological Association (BOA)
  • Welcome: Pfizer Excellence in Oncology Awards As President of the British Oncological Association (BOA), I am once again delighted to chair the Excellence in Oncology Awards. It has been a genuine pleasure for me to review this year’s entries. They demonstrate a wide range of impressive achievements in oncology care. BOA provides a multidisciplinary forum for the presentation and discussion of cancer research and development, and we are open to oncologists of any discipline throughout the UK, including doctors, nurses, administrative staff, and research professionals. We are pleased to continue to work with Pfizer on these awards as they are designed to recognise and reward teams as well as individuals who stand out from their peers – whatever their specialty, level of expertise or position, which is something that we at BOA strive for. The judging panel comprised ten eminent leaders in the oncology arena including 2007 Excellence in Oncology winners Dawn Chapman, Nurse Consultant at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and Angus Somerville, CEO of Orchid. The entries were judged according to their originality, innovation and quality of work and, most importantly, a clear demonstration that applicants had achieved a positive change in practice. I end by thanking each entrant for their hard work and dedication to the improvement of oncology services in the UK. I would also like to thank Pfizer for their support for this initiative and their ongoing commitment to cancer care. Dr Christopher Nutting, BOA President, Chairman Pfizer Excellence in Oncology Awards Pfizer is pleased to continue its support for the Pfizer Excellence in Oncology Awards, and we would like to thank everyone who submitted an entry. Pfizer Oncology is committed to advancing the scientific understanding of cancer and to bringing new medicines to address unmet medical needs in cancer patients. Oncology is a research priority for Pfizer, with 22 percent of the company’s research and development investment devoted to discovering and developing innovative therapies for treating breast, colorectal and other cancers. Dr David Gillen, Medical Director, Pfizer Limited 3
  • Judging Panel Dr Christopher Nutting Professor Coleman’s research interests include cancer- Professor Ian Smith Professor Tim Maughan President of the British Oncological Association induced bone disease and developments in the management Professor of Cancer Medicine, Royal Marsden Hospital Professor of Cancer Studies, Director, Wales Cancer Trials Dr Christopher Nutting is a Consultant Oncologist and of breast cancer. He is Chairman of the National Cancer and Institute of Cancer Research, London Network, Velindre Hospital Clinical Director of the Head and Neck Unit at the Royal Research Institute Breast Cancer Study Group in the UK, Professor Ian Smith is Head of the Breast Unit and Professor Tim Maughan is Professor of Cancer Studies at the School Marsden Hospital in London. He specialises in treatment of and President of the Cancer and Bone Society. of Cancer Medicine in the Royal Marsden Hospital and of Medicine, Cardiff University, and an Honorary Consultant head and neck, thyroid, and thoracic tumours. Institute of Cancer Research, London. Clinical Oncologist at Velindre Hospital where he specialises Dr Martin Eatock in gastrointestinal cancers and lymphoma therapy. He is the He is an expert in state-of-the-art complex radiotherapy Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical His research interests are in breast cancer and new drug Director of the Wales Cancer Trials Network and forerunner techniques such as conformal and intensity modulated Oncology, Northern Ireland Cancer Centre, development. He has been involved in the development of the National Cancer Research Network. radiotherapy. He is Chairman of the NCRI Head and Neck Belfast City Hospital of several effective drugs including carboplatin, letrozole, and Thyroid group, and is Cancer Services Collaborative Dr Eatock qualified in medicine from the University of mitoxantrone and trastuzumab. He is the Principal Professor Maughan is Director of the Clinical Research National Clinical Lead in Head and Neck Cancer. Edinburgh and trained in Oncology in Manchester and Investigator for several international trials, Chairman of the Collaboration Cymru Coordinating Centre, the Welsh Glasgow. He took up post as a Consultant and Honorary British Breast Group and past Chairman of the Association component of the UK Clinical Research Network. His Ms Dawn Chapman Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology in Belfast in 2000 and of Cancer Physicians as well as the Royal College of research focuses on the treatment of patients with colorectal Nurse Consultant for Breast Disease, Addenbrooke’s is an active member of the Upper Gastro-intestinal, Hepato- Physicians Specialist Advisory Committee for Medical cancer. He is also involved in clinical trials at a UK level, in Hospital, Cambridge and 2007 winner of the Excellence in pancreatobiliary and Neuro-endocrine tumour teams. Oncology. He has published around 300 scientific papers gastrointestinal cancers, and is Chair of the NCRI advanced Oncology Nursing Award and lectures internationally. colorectal cancer subgroup. Having joined the Cambridge Breast Unit (CBU) in 1999 and He has clinical and research interests in gastro-intestinal being successfully trained to conduct breast examinations, cancer and drug development and is co-chair of the GI Mr Angus Somerville Dr Susan Mayor Dawn Chapman has made a remarkable contribution to the subgroup of the All Ireland Co-operative Oncology Research Chief Executive, Orchid, Fighting Male Cancer and 2007 Medical Journalist development of the CBU as well as initiating many changes Group (ICORG). Dr Eatock is currently chief investigator for winner of the Excellence in Oncology People’s Award Susan is highly regarded as a leading medical journalist designed to improve patient care. a number of national and international clinical trials in upper Angus Somerville has been Chief Executive of the male and editor and recently won the ‘UK Medical Journalist of GI malignancy. cancer charity, Orchid, since 2003. Based in the City of the Year’ award from the Medical Journalists’ Association. Now working as a Nurse Consultant, Dawn leads a team of London, Orchid funds translational research into male- She previously worked with GP, Doctor, Practice Nurse and seven specialist nurses in the CBU. The Cambridge nurse Professor Peter Selby specific cancers (testicular, prostate and penile) at the Pulse, before becoming news editor of the British Medical practitioner training model which she established has now Joint Director, UK Clinical Research Network, Professor of Barts & the Royal London School of Medicine and NHS Journal for which she still writes on a weekly basis. been adopted nationally as a way to achieve the current Cancer Medicine & Director, Cancer Research UK Clinical Trust. The charity also raises awareness about male cancer government pledge to support all breast referrals being Centre, Leeds and 2007 winner for the Excellence in amongst those affected – men of all ages, their families Susan launched the highly successful British Journal of seen within 2 weeks, by the end of 2008. Dawn is also an Oncology Lifetime Achievement Award and friends – throughout the UK. Primary Care Nursing in 2004 and the Primary Care ambassador for Breakthrough Breast Cancer (BBC) charity, Professor Peter Selby is Joint Director of the UK Clinical Cardiovascular Journal in 2007, and now acts as managing and she has also received funding from the Cancer Services Research Network with Professor Janet Darbyshire. He is Professor Will Steward editor on both of these journals. She also contributes to a Collaborative and Department of Health to establish a nurse also Professor of Cancer Medicine, Director of the Cancer Professor of Oncology, Leicester Royal Infirmary wide range of medical journals and newspapers, including practitioner course at Master level to support nurse Research UK Clinical Centre in Leeds and a Consultant Professor Will Steward is Chair of Oncology at the writing every week for the BMJ, writing regularly on cancer practitioner training. Physician at St James’s University Hospital. University of Leicester, where the focus of the department’s issues for the European School of Oncology website and research is in new drug development, chemoprevention and for Lancet Oncology, and working on writing projects for Professor Robert Coleman Before taking up the latter post he was at the Royal Marsden angiogenesis. His clinical research interests lie in the fields of pharmaceutical companies, communications agencies, Professor and Honorary Consultant Medical Oncologist, Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research in London and the colorectal cancer, hepatobiliary and pancreas cancer and medical charities and government organisations, including Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto. His research interests neuroendocrine tumours. the new department of health website NHS Choices. Robert Coleman is Professor and Honorary Consultant include biological therapy and biomarkers, clinical trials and Medical Oncologist in the Cancer Research Centre at psychosocial oncology and his clinical work is mainly with Throughout his career he has published over 250 articles in Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield, Director of the Cancer urological cancer patients. peer reviewed journals and lectured on many topics at Research Centre in Sheffield, and the Research Lead for international meetings. He currently holds the position of the North Trent Cancer Research Network in England. Peter was formerly the Director of the National Cancer Chair at the NCRN Colorectal Cancer Clinical Studies Group Research Network. and is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association of Cancer Research, European Society of Medical Oncology and a variety of other national and international groups. 4 5
  • Oncology Team of the Year Winner: Highly commended: The Rotherham Breast Care Team Oncology Nurse Team, Dumfries and Galloway The Rotherham Breast Care Team at introduced to their Key Worker. The Cancer Services Team, providing Rotherham General Hospital has achieved Regular calls and home visits allow care for a rural population in the outstanding results following the patients and their carers to discuss their Dumfries and Galloway region of South implementation of an innovative initiative treatment plans and whether there is a West Scotland, has achieved excellence to improve the care of a vulnerable group need for additional psychological care. in their patient care set up. The service of breast cancer patients. Their holistic The initiative is further bolstered through they provide is a shining example of approach to follow-up care, which regular communication with each how patients who live in rural areas, far attained service levels equal to those patient’s GP, as well as the patients from cancer centres, can be cared for provided within the hospital outpatients and their carers being encouraged to without feeling a loss of service. department, benefits patients, carers contact their Key Worker whenever any and the local NHS Trust. problems arise. The Cancer Centre is located in a highly rural region, 75 miles from Dumfries and The initiative stemmed from the The team’s initiative was a clear Galloway Hospital. The Cancer Services identification of a group of patients success, with 98% of patients who Team felt there was a lack of support presenting with surgically inoperable were offered the home follow-up by and accessible care for the region’s up at Dumfries and Galloway Hospital, care is applauded by the centre’s breast cancers that were often locally the Clinical Nurse Specialist accepting patients. This weakness was evident in staffed by visiting oncologists 3 days oncologists, and more importantly by advanced. The group included women the service. In addition, feedback cases where patients chose to decline per week. To further strengthen the the local patients. who were elderly, infirm, suffering from from patients and their carers clearly their chemotherapy treatment due to services available to patients, the team physical and mental health co-morbidities, supports the effectiveness and the difficulties they faced in getting to has developed nurse-led chemotherapy Team members: Helen Newport, Gail often living in residential or nursing care advantages of the initiative. At the the cancer clinic and the unnecessary prescribing clinics, ovarian screening Thomson, Cathy Brown, John Samuels, homes and for whom endocrine core of this simple yet highly effective stress it caused them. There was a clinics and genetic clinics, amongst Liz Rae, Lynne Coltart, Anne Callander, therapy was the treatment offered to solution lies a strong team which is major need therefore to develop others. The team stands out in their Isabel Williams, Vikki Carmichael, control the breast cancer. For this group committed to improving the level of supportive and locally accessible care ability to offer consistent patient care Community Macmillan Team, Kennedy of patients, visiting the breast clinic for care for its patients. for the 150,000 strong population. from the pre diagnosis stage, through Suite Team, Alexandra Unit Team, clinical review could be an extremely treatment and beyond, for patients who Stoma Nurse, Research Nurse stressful and traumatising experience, Team members: Stephanie Beard, As part of the team’s efforts to resolve would otherwise receive disjointed and as well as being logistically complicated. Ann Parkin, Michelle Fletcher, Pushpa this problem, oncology clinics were set less tailored care. Such an achievement Dudani, M Al Gailani, M Hatton, has been driven through persistent The team decided to offer a home S Varkey, C Barrass, Dr Len Harvey lobbying for their patients’ Judges Comments follow-up service for each patient with agendas. The team will be The Oncology Nurse Team from their Clinical Nurse Specialist, thus not further rewarded with the Dumfries and Galloway should be only improving the patient experience, Judges Comments opening of a nurse-led outreach praised for providing an excellent but also reducing waiting times at the This entry stood head and service at a community hospital service to patients in a challenging breast clinic for the remaining group of shoulders above the other entries 75 miles west of Dumfries and geographical situation. Their hard breast cancer patients. In order to in this category. The high quality Galloway Hospital. work has resulted in a vast implement the initiative successfully, service offered by the Rotherham improvement in access and uptake Clinical Nurse Specialists from the The innovative approach to patient of chemotherapy within a very rural Breast Care Team addresses a Breast Care Team initially undertook care provided by the Cancer population. This well executed and real unmet need within this very training to ensure that the standards of Services Team has truly achieved worthwhile initiative is understood vulnerable and often over-looked care were on par with those achieved in From top: Dr Matthew Hatton, Consultant outstanding results and they are to be ahead of national guidance patient group. This initiative should the hospital outpatients department. Oncologist; Mr Mohamed Al Gailani, be replicated across the country as renowned in their region as a model and therefore should be recognised Consultant Surgeon; Miss Michelle Donlon, A rigorous and detailed plan was set in of best practice. Their responsive, an additional method of follow-up Consultant Surgeon; Mrs Ann Parkin, and commended. place commencing at the time of Breast Care Nurse; Mrs Carol Barrass, supportive and locally accessible care for breast cancer patients. diagnosis when each patient is Superintendent Radiographer. 6 7
  • Best Professional Education Initiative Winner: Highly commended: Oncology Education Initiative, Health Online Project, Napier University Southampton University Hospitals Having identified a need to provide an A formal evaluation conducted by the advanced level course in malignant educational Department at With the government’s Cancer Reform Mrs Nicola Lucey, Divisional Head of haematology, including the specialist Napier University was Strategy requiring skilled workforces Nursing at Southampton University topic of transplantation, nurse lecturers extremely positive and to work towards high standards of Hospitals Trust, who acted as referee Susanne Cruickshank and Karen in acknowledgement professional care within oncology, this for this entry, believes that “the Campbell from Napier University have of the success of education initiative was set up to programme is an outstanding example set about developing an on-line module the course, further provide nurses and allied health of a multi-professional partnership to be used alone, or as part of a funding is being professionals with access to high working across organisational masters programme. They have sought to quality education allowing the cancer boundaries.” And with exceptional successfully secured funding through provide workforce to provide an excellent feedback from participants, as well the European Union Health On-Line continuous level of care for patients. The initiative as the experts leading the study days Project (HOP). professional was not restricted to healthcare themselves, it is believed that this development professionals working within cancer initiative will continue to build on its The first module was launched in within the formal care areas, but extended to those success. February 2008, with an intake of 12 setting of the working in other areas where cancer students from across Britain. The use university. patients may also be cared for. Team members: Elaine Lennan, Louise of an on-line format to deliver the Hooker, Nikki McKeag, Anne Croudace module is in keeping with the Team members: An extensive needs analysis and university’s commitment to modern Susanne Cruickshank, mapping exercise was undertaken by methods of learning, and also ensures Karen Campbell a stakeholder group to ensure the Judges Comments that the course is accessible to a education programme met the needs of This well researched and executed much wider geographical region. the workforce and did not replicate educational initiative deserves to Students can listen to experts from Judges Comments existing programmes, thus maximising be recognised for its high quality across the country using live pod casts, Although still in its infancy, this the benefits to all involved. In total, six courses which not only bridge the learn from real patient case studies initiative demonstrates a unique separate study days were created, gap between experts and non- and patient blogs, and debate issues and highly effective advanced covering topics such as an introduction experts on patients’ needs and on discussion boards or in a private education course providing to cancer and treatment, support for treatments, but also helps From top: Elaine Lennan, Louise Hooker “café forum”. Student development is students with a comprehensive people affected by cancer, working with healthcare professionals of varying further enhanced through the course modular programme. If successful, cancer patients and their families, the expertise to meet the challenging assessment process, which focuses this method of on-line teaching patient receiving chemotherapy, the aims set by the Cancer Reform on report writing and the publication could be a good model for the patient receiving radiotherapy, and Strategy. This suite of six educational of papers that can subsequently be future. palliative care. Each study day was programmes has so far reached presented to healthcare trusts. delivered by local experts and users over 850 HCPs, 90% of whom of the service, the focus being on have rated it as good or very good. learning from people from a range of Due to this success and the quality seniority levels, with vast experience of delivery, this programme has the of cancer care. potential for a national roll-out. 8 9
  • Best Charitable Initiative Winner: Highly commended: Breast Cancer Care for Mummy’s Lump CLIC Sargent: Liam Fairhurst The winner of the Best Charitable In 2005, Liam Fairhurst was diagnosed Judges Comments Judges Comments Initiative created a truly heart-warming with a synovial sarcoma on his left thigh “Brilliant”. “This is the best thing to We were lost for words after reading and much needed story book aimed at aged just ten years old. At the end of have come out in a long, long time”. this remarkable entry from an helping young children understand six months of treatment which included This book has revolutionised the exceptional young man. ‘Fantastic’, what happens when their mother is intensive chemotherapy, radiotherapy way in which young children are ‘incredible’, ‘inspirational’ were a diagnosed with breast cancer. and several operations, Liam decided informed about their mother’s few of the words used to describe that he would like to do something to breast cancer. It helps to overcome the tenacity, dedication and sheer The idea for the story book stemmed thank all of the people who had the difficulty in finding the right determination of a school boy with from research by Gillian Forrest, a supported him and his family during his words to explain to young children cancer who has given so much to Consultant Child Psychologist and illness, and in memory of a close friend what is happening to their mother. raise a huge amount of money to Senior Research Fellow at Oxford, he had met whilst in hospital. Everyone should be using this book. help children with cancer having which identified a lack of suitable information on the topic for the under Through his determination to help been inspired by his friend, Jack six age group. Gillian was inspired to others, and with the help of the charity who lost his fight against cancer. help the families she had worked with CLIC Sargent, family, friends, and local Liam is an example to us all. during her research. Partnering with radio station STAR 107, Liam’s Mile Breast Cancer Care and illustrator was created. Liam completed his mile Sarah Garson, they collectively worked swim in under 50 minutes, an amazing to develop a story book that would help feat considering 50% of his left thigh children understand their mother’s muscle had been lost as a result of his breast cancer in a simple and age- cancer. In total, Liam’s Mile raised appropriate way. around £70,000. The story book, entitled Mummy’s Although the cancer returned to his Lump describes the journey of a typical lungs in 2007, Liam’s efforts to raise mother and family following breast money for CLIC Sargent have not cancer diagnosis, covering important ceased, and others have rallied to raise issues such as surgery, chemotherapy, money in his name. To date, an radiotherapy, and what happens once astonishing £266,000 has been raised. treatment has ended. The book is Television appearances including a beautifully written and illustrated, and is piece on ITV’s Fortune: Million Pound ideal for use with young children. Giveaway and meetings with eminent figures such as the Prime Minister and Liam with Professor Stephen Hawkins For Breast Cancer Care, the initiative Professor Stephen Hawkins have presented a new area of work and a elevated the profile of the remarkable new type of client, and they saw the work that Liam, his family, friends and value in working on such a project the local community are doing. which would ultimately help families coping with breast cancer. www.liamfairhurst.com Team members: Alison Raven, Gillian Forrest, Sarah Garson 10 11
  • Best Patient Support Initiative Winner: Highly commended: The Restorative Dentistry Oncology Clinic You Are Not Alone, The Bristol Breast Unit Patient Support Website The Bristol Breast Unit has developed The DVD entitled ‘You are not alone’, Judges Comments an outstanding initiative that provides encapsulates a range of thoughts and This is a fantastic idea and deserves information and support for women opinions from the women interviewed, Dr Vinod Joshi has achieved Dr Joshi’s relentless efforts to improve high commendation for its innovative Judges Comments facing the difficult decision of such as their feelings at diagnosis, why outstanding success through the the support available to head and neck and practical approach in helping The judges felt that the RDOC undergoing breast reconstruction they chose reconstruction, duration of Restorative Dentistry Oncology Clinic cancer patients across the UK led him women to make the difficult decision initiative provides a good source of following mastectomy. recovery and the impact of adjuvant (RDOC) initiative to create a patient to found the Mouth Cancer Foundation about when and if to have breast information in an otherwise under treatments on their reconstruction. website and patient support charity. charity in June 2004. His objectives for reconstruction surgery. The excellent supported disease area. There has As a unit performing approximately The end result is a DVD that provides a With a clinic serving a population base this initiative were to reduce suffering graphics and visual nature of the been a huge amount of effort 40-50 breast reconstructions per year, frank, yet inspiring, and sometimes of 1 million people, Dr Joshi felt that and save lives from these cancers DVD help to explain the very involved in creating an excellent significant challenges were faced in even humorous, account of the journey there was a distinct lack of patient through prevention, education, support, complicated procedure involved in one-stop website with a collection meeting the information and support patients are likely to experience. support and information to cater for patient advocacy and research related breast reconstruction. As such, it is of online support activities and needs of women deciding to undergo patients suffering from head and neck to survivorship issues. a good decision-making tool, and information. The usage statistics breast reconstruction. Despite best Response to the DVD has been cancers. Staggeringly this patient helps to reduce patients’ anxiety highlight the success of the RDOC efforts, many healthcare professionals excellent, with patients describing it as population has a mortality rate as Today the website achieves over 3.5 when considering their options. mouth cancer website and the need were not ideally placed to provide “brilliant,” “fantastic” and “the best high as 50%. million hits per year with an astonishing for this highly professional patient relevant and meaningful thing you could have done 145,207 site visitors. The Mouth support initiative. advice as they had for women.” Mr Zenon In January 2002 Dr Joshi launched a Cancer Foundation charity has grown personally never Rayter, consultant UK website to cater for the unmet from strength to strength and has been been diagnosed surgeon at the Bristol needs of his patients and similar promoted through some innovative with cancer. Breast Unit and patients across the nation, focusing public awareness events including referee for this on mouth cancer awareness, early Mouth Cancer Walk and the Mouth In response to entry commented detection, and patient information and Cancer Voice Awards, supported by this dilemma, that “everyone who support for patients, carers and families former Atomic Kitten band member Dr Shelley Potter has seen ‘You are dealing with head and neck cancers. Natasha Hamilton. and Sr. Marilyn not alone’ has been Calder helped to overwhelmingly The website was further updated with www.rdoc.org.uk coordinate a positive. One patient a message board in 2003. This unique collaborative effort commented that feature enabled patients and their between Bristol University ‘forewarned was forearmed’ carers to not only access important and University Hospitals Bristol and this encapsulates the way that information about head and neck Foundation Trust, to produce a DVD we anticipate the DVD will help.” cancers, but also to discuss their featuring excerpts from 22 patient problems with other patients and interviews. The 22 women chosen for Team members: Shelly Potter, Marilyn seek Dr Joshi’s professional advice. interview had undergone either Calder, Angie Nicholson, Lorraine Peall, This much needed support was immediate or delayed breast Zoe Winters, Zenon Rayter invaluable as treatment often leaves reconstruction and were therefore patients disfigured with voice, taste, fully qualified to talk about the difficult swallowing, chewing, breathing and issues and related emotions involved in hearing problems that can produce breast reconstruction. extreme psychological distress. 12 13
  • Excellence in Oncology Nursing BOA Young Investigator Award Winner: This year’s BOA Young Investigator Award will be awarded to a doctor in Judging will take place during the NCRI conference and the winner will be training or non-clinical scientist, less announced at the awards ceremony. Lynette Lane than three years post-PhD, who has Further details on the winning entry will made a significant contribution to shortly be published on the Excellence Lynette Lane has achieved outstanding Impressively, 20% of all urology patients oncology research. The award is in Oncology website. excellence through her work at the are entered into clinical trials, a figure judged on the quality of both their Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff and is that exceeds the national target of abstract and poster presentation. www.excellenceinoncology.org a truly deserved winner of this award. 10%. In addition, the ability of the Her effort to improve the quality of care nurses to spend more time with for clinical trials patients is exemplary. patients discussing the details of the clinical trials has led to a remarkable Prior to implementation of this initiative, acceptance rate of around 60%. clinical trial patients at the Velindre Cancer Centre were seen as part of Dr Jim Barber, Consultant Clinical consultant outpatient clinics. However, Oncologist at the Velindre Cancer due to a lack of space and increasing Centre and referee for this award time pressures, the nurse-led entry comments that the initiative has consultation and assessments were “greatly improved the quality of care severely impinged upon. Overall the for patients in clinical trials,” and that quality of patient care was believed to “particular mention should be made of be suffering. the confidence building and close relationships built up with the patients, In response to this issue, Lynette which is clearly over and above her founded the Urology nurse-led clinical core duties.” trials clinic in 2000 and, working in parallel with the consultant-led clinic, they aimed to better the overall patient Judges Comments experience and drive clinical trials An outstanding entry was the recruitment. Key objectives for the unanimous verdict of the judges. nurse-led clinic were to improve clinic They all agreed that they would like time and resource management, to work in a clinic like that at the improve patient access to the clinic, Velindre Cancer Centre. In 2000 enable uncomplicated referral for Lynette founded the urology nurse- prospective patients, and conduct led clinical trials clinic, one of the first regular assessments of all operations. of its kind in the UK. From then the service has grown and developed The efforts of Lynette and her team in delivering excellent results including setting up the nurse-led clinics have an increase in the quality of patients’ resulted in significant advances in clinical visits and a decrease in patient trials recruitment and patient care. waiting times, two challenging areas Capacity for clinical trials activity has for improvement. The judges felt that expanded, with the majority of patients this should be a way for the future of eligible for clinical trials being screened. all hospitals and Lynette Lane was a worthy winner of the ‘Excellence in Oncology Nursing’ Award. 14 15
  • Excellence in Cancer Reporting Winner: Highly commended: Jane Feinmann Madeleine Brindley Jane Feinmann raises important and Madeleine Brindley’s two articles In the article published in June 2008, Judges Comments controversial issues in cancer with two published in the Western Daily Mail are Sunbeds and deprivation key links in Madeleine’s work demonstrates a articles that were published in the excellent examples of reporting topical hotspots of cancer scarring the nation, strong commitment to local health Good Health section of the Daily Mail. and relevant issues to local populations. Madeleine conducted extensive issues in Wales, and her in-depth She covers important issues such as October 2007 Her first article, You have to fight on two research to determine Wales’s research and clear writing style is breast reconstruction after cancer fronts – the illness and the bureaucracy, ‘hotspots’ for cancer, as well as the smear is the end of admirable. We hope she continues surgery and HPV testing in cervical published in February 2007, looks in most prevalent types of cancer and Is th her excellent work reporting issues s for the cancer, discussing these subjects in a detail at the hurdles preventing patient the potential reasons why. tests? Check within the field of cancer long into very engaging but authoritative way. access to life-saving cancer treatments the future. gers virus that trig in Wales, resulting from drug appraisals In her article Is this the end of smear by NICE and the All Wales Medicines er are tests? published in October 2007, cervical canc Strategy Group (AWMSG). ore quicker and m Jane debates the future of smear testing, reporting on the topical issue of cting the Department of Health’s introduction acc urate at dete of an annual HPV vaccination for girls aged 12 and 13, as well as the almost this killer. unnoticed news that a highly effective test for the HPV virus itself is available. In her second article published in February 2008, Why aren’t cancer patients being told their breasts can be saved? the important subject of breast reconstruction following mastectomy is February 200 8 superbly brought to life using real-life Why aren’t c case studies of women who have ancer experienced this first hand. patients bein g told their breasts can b Judges Comments e saved? Jane is a well-deserved winner of the Excellence in Cancer Reporting Award. She has an impressive ability to guide the reader through important and complicated issues by use of well-drawn case studies to explain the patient’s viewpoint; detailing the theory by clearly outlining relevant research and adding insight from interviews with leading specialists. 16 17
  • Pfizer Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Professor Barry Hancock Professor Barry Hancock trained in Outside his clinical commitment Barry general medicine and oncology in has been an ardent advocate and Sheffield and developed a passion for supporter for promoting the medical medical oncology and in particular careers of those with various lymphoma research which has been disabilities, and has worked around with him for over 30 years. He has led his own hearing difficulties with great on numerous clinical trials with the success. He has a fanatical interest in British National Lymphoma Investigation trains, is a keen bird watcher and (BNLI) and has one of the largest and loves to travel with his wife Helen. most closely followed up lymphoma practices in the country. He was Professor Barry Hancock was appointed as the YCR Professor of nominated for this award by Professor Clinical Oncology in 1988 and set up a Robert Coleman, Professor and thriving academic unit which has gone Honorary Consultant Medical from strength to strength under his Oncologist, Weston Park Hospital in guidance and wise counsel. Sheffield, who explained that this “award would be a fitting tribute to a Barry’s other clinical interests include glittering career”. the management of gestational trophoblastic disease and he is an acknowledged international expert in the management of this rare condition and the current President of the International Society for Trophoblastic Disease. Barry has published widely, edited a number of general oncology as well as specialist textbooks and enthusiastically mentored and taught a large number of trainees over the years. Barry is a people person and brings great kindness, humour and enthusiasm to everything and everyone he is involved in. His diplomacy and communication skills have made him a wonderful chairman of committees and throughout his career he has strived to promote collaboration and despises conflict. 18