Excellence in Oncology
Awards 2008
These awards are organised and funded by Pfizer Limited...
Pfizer Excellence in Oncology Awards
As President of the British Oncological Association (BOA), I am once again d...
Dr Christopher Nutting
President of the British Oncological Association
Dr Christopher Nutting is a Consultant Oncologist ...
The Rotherham Breast Care Team at
Rotherham General Hospital has achieved
outstanding results following the
Oncology Education Initiative,
Southampton University Hospitals
With the government’s Cancer Reform
Strategy re...
Breast Cancer Care for Mummy’s Lump
The winner of the Best Charitable
Initiative created a truly heart-warming
The Restorative Dentistry Oncology Clinic
Patient Support Website
Dr Vinod Joshi has achieved
outstanding success ...
Lynette Lane
Lynette Lane has achieved outstanding
excellence through her work at the
Velindre Cancer Centre in Ca...
Jane Feinmann
Jane Feinmann raises important and
controversial issues in cancer with two
articles that were publis...
Professor Barry Hancock
Professor Barry Hancock trained in
general medicine and oncology in
Sheffield and develope...
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  1. 1. Commendations Winners 08 Pfizer Excellence in Oncology Awards 2008 These awards are organised and funded by Pfizer Limited in association with the British Oncological Association (BOA) Pride in Progress ARO08/028i Date of preparation September 2008
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Dr Christopher Nutting President of the British Oncological Association Dr Christopher Nutting is a Consultant Oncologist and Clinical Director of the Head and Neck Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. He specialises in treatment of head and neck, thyroid, and thoracic tumours. He is an expert in state-of-the-art complex radiotherapy techniques such as conformal and intensity modulated radiotherapy. He is Chairman of the NCRI Head and Neck and Thyroid group, and is Cancer Services Collaborative National Clinical Lead in Head and Neck Cancer. Ms Dawn Chapman Nurse Consultant for Breast Disease, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and 2007 winner of the Excellence in Oncology Nursing Award Having joined the Cambridge Breast Unit (CBU) in 1999 and being successfully trained to conduct breast examinations, Dawn Chapman has made a remarkable contribution to the development of the CBU as well as initiating many changes designed to improve patient care. Now working as a Nurse Consultant, Dawn leads a team of seven specialist nurses in the CBU. The Cambridge nurse practitioner training model which she established has now been adopted nationally as a way to achieve the current government pledge to support all breast referrals being seen within 2 weeks, by the end of 2008. Dawn is also an ambassador for Breakthrough Breast Cancer (BBC) charity, and she has also received funding from the Cancer Services Collaborative and Department of Health to establish a nurse practitioner course at Master level to support nurse practitioner training. Professor Robert Coleman Professor and Honorary Consultant Medical Oncologist, Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield Robert Coleman is Professor and Honorary Consultant Medical Oncologist in the Cancer Research Centre at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield, Director of the Cancer Research Centre in Sheffield, and the Research Lead for the North Trent Cancer Research Network in England. Professor Coleman’s research interests include cancer- induced bone disease and developments in the management of breast cancer. He is Chairman of the National Cancer Research Institute Breast Cancer Study Group in the UK, and President of the Cancer and Bone Society. Dr Martin Eatock Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology, Northern Ireland Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital Dr Eatock qualified in medicine from the University of Edinburgh and trained in Oncology in Manchester and Glasgow. He took up post as a Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology in Belfast in 2000 and is an active member of the Upper Gastro-intestinal, Hepato- pancreatobiliary and Neuro-endocrine tumour teams. He has clinical and research interests in gastro-intestinal cancer and drug development and is co-chair of the GI subgroup of the All Ireland Co-operative Oncology Research Group (ICORG). Dr Eatock is currently chief investigator for a number of national and international clinical trials in upper GI malignancy. Professor Peter Selby Joint Director, UK Clinical Research Network, Professor of Cancer Medicine & Director, Cancer Research UK Clinical Centre, Leeds and 2007 winner for the Excellence in Oncology Lifetime Achievement Award Professor Peter Selby is Joint Director of the UK Clinical Research Network with Professor Janet Darbyshire. He is also Professor of Cancer Medicine, Director of the Cancer Research UK Clinical Centre in Leeds and a Consultant Physician at St James’s University Hospital. Before taking up the latter post he was at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research in London and the Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto. His research interests include biological therapy and biomarkers, clinical trials and psychosocial oncology and his clinical work is mainly with urological cancer patients. Peter was formerly the Director of the National Cancer Research Network. Professor Ian Smith Professor of Cancer Medicine, Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research, London Professor Ian Smith is Head of the Breast Unit and Professor of Cancer Medicine in the Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research, London. His research interests are in breast cancer and new drug development. He has been involved in the development of several effective drugs including carboplatin, letrozole, mitoxantrone and trastuzumab. He is the Principal Investigator for several international trials, Chairman of the British Breast Group and past Chairman of the Association of Cancer Physicians as well as the Royal College of Physicians Specialist Advisory Committee for Medical Oncology. He has published around 300 scientific papers and lectures internationally. Mr Angus Somerville Chief Executive, Orchid, Fighting Male Cancer and 2007 winner of the Excellence in Oncology People’s Award Angus Somerville has been Chief Executive of the male cancer charity, Orchid, since 2003. Based in the City of London, Orchid funds translational research into male- specific cancers (testicular, prostate and penile) at the Barts & the Royal London School of Medicine and NHS Trust. The charity also raises awareness about male cancer amongst those affected – men of all ages, their families and friends – throughout the UK. Professor Will Steward Professor of Oncology, Leicester Royal Infirmary Professor Will Steward is Chair of Oncology at the University of Leicester, where the focus of the department’s research is in new drug development, chemoprevention and angiogenesis. His clinical research interests lie in the fields of colorectal cancer, hepatobiliary and pancreas cancer and neuroendocrine tumours. Throughout his career he has published over 250 articles in peer reviewed journals and lectured on many topics at international meetings. He currently holds the position of Chair at the NCRN Colorectal Cancer Clinical Studies Group 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. Professor Tim Maughan Professor of Cancer Studies, Director, Wales Cancer Trials Network, Velindre Hospital Tim Maughan is Professor of Cancer Studies at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University, and an Honorary Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Velindre Hospital where he specialises in gastrointestinal cancers and lymphoma therapy. He is the Director of the Wales Cancer Trials Network and forerunner of the National Cancer Research Network. Professor Maughan is Director of the Clinical Research Collaboration Cymru Coordinating Centre, the Welsh component of the UK Clinical Research Network. His research focuses on the treatment of patients with colorectal cancer. He is also involved in clinical trials at a UK level, in gastrointestinal cancers, and is Chair of the NCRI advanced colorectal cancer subgroup. Dr Susan Mayor Medical Journalist Susan is highly regarded as a leading medical journalist and editor and recently won the ‘UK Medical Journalist of the Year’ award from the Medical Journalists’ Association. She previously worked with GP, Doctor, Practice Nurse and Pulse, before becoming news editor of the British Medical Journal for which she still writes on a weekly basis. Susan launched the highly successful British Journal of Primary Care Nursing in 2004 and the Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal in 2007, and now acts as managing editor on both of these journals. She also contributes to a wide range of medical journals and newspapers, including writing every week for the BMJ, writing regularly on cancer issues for the European School of Oncology website and for Lancet Oncology, and working on writing projects for pharmaceutical companies, communications agencies, medical charities and government organisations, including the new department of health website NHS Choices. Judging Panel 54
  4. 4. 6 The Rotherham Breast Care Team at Rotherham General Hospital has achieved outstanding results following the implementation of an innovative initiative to improve the care of a vulnerable group of breast cancer patients. Their holistic approach to follow-up care, which attained service levels equal to those provided within the hospital outpatients department, benefits patients, carers and the local NHS Trust. The initiative stemmed from the identification of a group of patients presenting with surgically inoperable breast cancers that were often locally advanced. The group included women who were elderly, infirm, suffering from physical and mental health co-morbidities, often living in residential or nursing care homes and for whom endocrine therapy was the treatment offered to control the breast cancer. For this group of patients, visiting the breast clinic for clinical review could be an extremely stressful and traumatising experience, as well as being logistically complicated. The team decided to offer a home follow-up service for each patient with their Clinical Nurse Specialist, thus not only improving the patient experience, but also reducing waiting times at the breast clinic for the remaining group of breast cancer patients. In order to implement the initiative successfully, Clinical Nurse Specialists from the Breast Care Team initially undertook training to ensure that the standards of care were on par with those achieved in the hospital outpatients department. A rigorous and detailed plan was set in place commencing at the time of diagnosis when each patient is introduced to their Key Worker. Regular calls and home visits allow patients and their carers to discuss their treatment plans and whether there is a need for additional psychological care. The initiative is further bolstered through regular communication with each patient’s GP, as well as the patients and their carers being encouraged to contact their Key Worker whenever any problems arise. The team’s initiative was a clear success, with 98% of patients who were offered the home follow-up by the Clinical Nurse Specialist accepting the service. In addition, feedback from patients and their carers clearly supports the effectiveness and advantages of the initiative. At the core of this simple yet highly effective solution lies a strong team which is committed to improving the level of care for its patients. Team members: Stephanie Beard, Ann Parkin, Michelle Fletcher, Pushpa Dudani, M Al Gailani, M Hatton, S Varkey, C Barrass, Dr Len Harvey 7 Winner: The Rotherham Breast Care Team Highly commended: Oncology Nurse Team, Dumfries and Galloway The Cancer Services Team, providing care for a rural population in the Dumfries and Galloway region of South West Scotland, has achieved excellence in their patient care set up. The service they provide is a shining example of how patients who live in rural areas, far from cancer centres, can be cared for without feeling a loss of service. The Cancer Centre is located in a highly rural region, 75 miles from Dumfries and Galloway Hospital. The Cancer Services Team felt there was a lack of support and accessible care for the region’s patients. This weakness was evident in cases where patients chose to decline their chemotherapy treatment due to the difficulties they faced in getting to the cancer clinic and the unnecessary stress it caused them. There was a major need therefore to develop supportive and locally accessible care for the 150,000 strong population. As part of the team’s efforts to resolve this problem, oncology clinics were set up at Dumfries and Galloway Hospital, staffed by visiting oncologists 3 days per week. To further strengthen the services available to patients, the team has developed nurse-led chemotherapy prescribing clinics, ovarian screening clinics and genetic clinics, amongst others. The team stands out in their ability to offer consistent patient care from the pre diagnosis stage, through treatment and beyond, for patients who would otherwise receive disjointed and less tailored care. Such an achievement has been driven through persistent lobbying for their patients’ agendas. The team will be further rewarded with the opening of a nurse-led outreach service at a community hospital 75 miles west of Dumfries and Galloway Hospital. The innovative approach to patient care provided by the Cancer Services Team has truly achieved outstanding results and they are renowned in their region as a model of best practice. Their responsive, supportive and locally accessible care is applauded by the centre’s oncologists, and more importantly by the local patients. Team members: Helen Newport, Gail Thomson, Cathy Brown, John Samuels, Liz Rae, Lynne Coltart, Anne Callander, Isabel Williams, Vikki Carmichael, Community Macmillan Team, Kennedy Suite Team, Alexandra Unit Team, Stoma Nurse, Research Nurse Oncology Team of the Year Judges Comments This entry stood head and shoulders above the other entries in this category. The high quality service offered by the Rotherham Breast Care Team addresses a real unmet need within this very vulnerable and often over-looked patient group. This initiative should be replicated across the country as an additional method of follow-up care for breast cancer patients. Judges Comments The Oncology Nurse Team from Dumfries and Galloway should be praised for providing an excellent service to patients in a challenging geographical situation. Their hard work has resulted in a vast improvement in access and uptake of chemotherapy within a very rural population. This well executed and worthwhile initiative is understood to be ahead of national guidance and therefore should be recognised and commended. From top: Dr Matthew Hatton, Consultant Oncologist; Mr Mohamed Al Gailani, Consultant Surgeon; Miss Michelle Donlon, Consultant Surgeon; Mrs Ann Parkin, Breast Care Nurse; Mrs Carol Barrass, Superintendent Radiographer.
  5. 5. 98 Winner: Oncology Education Initiative, Southampton University Hospitals With the government’s Cancer Reform Strategy requiring skilled workforces to work towards high standards of professional care within oncology, this education initiative was set up to provide nurses and allied health professionals with access to high quality education allowing the cancer workforce to provide an excellent level of care for patients. The initiative was not restricted to healthcare professionals working within cancer care areas, but extended to those working in other areas where cancer patients may also be cared for. An extensive needs analysis and mapping exercise was undertaken by a stakeholder group to ensure the education programme met the needs of the workforce and did not replicate existing programmes, thus maximising the benefits to all involved. In total, six separate study days were created, covering topics such as an introduction to cancer and treatment, support for people affected by cancer, working with cancer patients and their families, the patient receiving chemotherapy, the patient receiving radiotherapy, and palliative care. Each study day was delivered by local experts and users of the service, the focus being on learning from people from a range of seniority levels, with vast experience of cancer care. Mrs Nicola Lucey, Divisional Head of Nursing at Southampton University Hospitals Trust, who acted as referee for this entry, believes that “the programme is an outstanding example of a multi-professional partnership working across organisational boundaries.” And with exceptional feedback from participants, as well as the experts leading the study days themselves, it is believed that this initiative will continue to build on its success. Team members: Elaine Lennan, Louise Hooker, Nikki McKeag, Anne Croudace Highly commended: Health Online Project, Napier University Having identified a need to provide an advanced level course in malignant haematology, including the specialist topic of transplantation, nurse lecturers Susanne Cruickshank and Karen Campbell from Napier University have set about developing an on-line module to be used alone, or as part of a masters programme. They have successfully secured funding through the European Union Health On-Line Project (HOP). The first module was launched in February 2008, with an intake of 12 students from across Britain. The use of an on-line format to deliver the module is in keeping with the university’s commitment to modern methods of learning, and also ensures that the course is accessible to a much wider geographical region. Students can listen to experts from across the country using live pod casts, learn from real patient case studies and patient blogs, and debate issues on discussion boards or in a private “café forum”. Student development is further enhanced through the course assessment process, which focuses on report writing and the publication of papers that can subsequently be presented to healthcare trusts. A formal evaluation conducted by the educational Department at Napier University was extremely positive and in acknowledgement of the success of the course, further funding is being sought to provide continuous professional development within the formal setting of the university. Team members: Susanne Cruickshank, Karen Campbell Best Professional Education Initiative Judges Comments This well researched and executed educational initiative deserves to be recognised for its high quality courses which not only bridge the gap between experts and non- experts on patients’ needs and treatments, but also helps healthcare professionals of varying expertise to meet the challenging aims set by the Cancer Reform Strategy. This suite of six educational programmes has so far reached over 850 HCPs, 90% of whom have rated it as good or very good. Due to this success and the quality of delivery, this programme has the potential for a national roll-out. Judges Comments Although still in its infancy, this initiative demonstrates a unique and highly effective advanced education course providing students with a comprehensive modular programme. If successful, this method of on-line teaching could be a good model for the future. From top: Elaine Lennan, Louise Hooker
  6. 6. 10 Winner: Breast Cancer Care for Mummy’s Lump The winner of the Best Charitable Initiative created a truly heart-warming and much needed story book aimed at helping young children understand what happens when their mother is diagnosed with breast cancer. The idea for the story book stemmed from research by Gillian Forrest, a Consultant Child Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow at Oxford, which identified a lack of suitable information on the topic for the under six age group. Gillian was inspired to help the families she had worked with during her research. Partnering with Breast Cancer Care and illustrator Sarah Garson, they collectively worked to develop a story book that would help children understand their mother’s breast cancer in a simple and age- appropriate way. The story book, entitled Mummy’s Lump describes the journey of a typical mother and family following breast cancer diagnosis, covering important issues such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and what happens once treatment has ended. The book is beautifully written and illustrated, and is ideal for use with young children. For Breast Cancer Care, the initiative presented a new area of work and a new type of client, and they saw the value in working on such a project which would ultimately help families coping with breast cancer. Team members: Alison Raven, Gillian Forrest, Sarah Garson Highly commended: CLIC Sargent: Liam Fairhurst In 2005, Liam Fairhurst was diagnosed with a synovial sarcoma on his left thigh aged just ten years old. At the end of six months of treatment which included intensive chemotherapy, radiotherapy and several operations, Liam decided that he would like to do something to thank all of the people who had supported him and his family during his illness, and in memory of a close friend he had met whilst in hospital. Through his determination to help others, and with the help of the charity CLIC Sargent, family, friends, and local radio station STAR 107, Liam’s Mile was created. Liam completed his mile swim in under 50 minutes, an amazing feat considering 50% of his left thigh muscle had been lost as a result of his cancer. In total, Liam’s Mile raised around £70,000. Although the cancer returned to his lungs in 2007, Liam’s efforts to raise money for CLIC Sargent have not ceased, and others have rallied to raise money in his name. To date, an astonishing £266,000 has been raised. Television appearances including a piece on ITV’s Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway and meetings with eminent figures such as the Prime Minister and Professor Stephen Hawkins have elevated the profile of the remarkable work that Liam, his family, friends and the local community are doing. Best Charitable Initiative Judges Comments “Brilliant”. “This is the best thing to have come out in a long, long time”. This book has revolutionised the way in which young children are informed about their mother’s breast cancer. It helps to overcome the difficulty in finding the right words to explain to young children what is happening to their mother. Everyone should be using this book. Judges Comments We were lost for words after reading this remarkable entry from an exceptional young man. ‘Fantastic’, ‘incredible’, ‘inspirational’ were a few of the words used to describe the tenacity, dedication and sheer determination of a school boy with cancer who has given so much to raise a huge amount of money to help children with cancer having been inspired by his friend, Jack who lost his fight against cancer. Liam is an example to us all. Liam with Professor Stephen Hawkins 11
  7. 7. Winner: The Restorative Dentistry Oncology Clinic Patient Support Website Dr Vinod Joshi has achieved outstanding success through the Restorative Dentistry Oncology Clinic (RDOC) initiative to create a patient website and patient support charity. With a clinic serving a population base of 1 million people, Dr Joshi felt that there was a distinct lack of patient support and information to cater for patients suffering from head and neck cancers. Staggeringly this patient population has a mortality rate as high as 50%. In January 2002 Dr Joshi launched a UK website to cater for the unmet needs of his patients and similar patients across the nation, focusing on mouth cancer awareness, early detection, and patient information and support for patients, carers and families dealing with head and neck cancers. The website was further updated with a message board in 2003. This unique feature enabled patients and their carers to not only access important information about head and neck cancers, but also to discuss their problems with other patients and seek Dr Joshi’s professional advice. This much needed support was invaluable as treatment often leaves patients disfigured with voice, taste, swallowing, chewing, breathing and hearing problems that can produce extreme psychological distress. Dr Joshi’s relentless efforts to improve the support available to head and neck cancer patients across the UK led him to found the Mouth Cancer Foundation charity in June 2004. His objectives for this initiative were to reduce suffering and save lives from these cancers through prevention, education, support, patient advocacy and research related to survivorship issues. Today the website achieves over 3.5 million hits per year with an astonishing 145,207 site visitors. The Mouth Cancer Foundation charity has grown from strength to strength and has been promoted through some innovative public awareness events including Mouth Cancer Walk and the Mouth Cancer Voice Awards, supported by former Atomic Kitten band member Natasha Hamilton. Highly commended: You Are Not Alone, The Bristol Breast Unit The Bristol Breast Unit has developed an outstanding initiative that provides information and support for women facing the difficult decision of undergoing breast reconstruction following mastectomy. As a unit performing approximately 40-50 breast reconstructions per year, significant challenges were faced in meeting the information and support needs of women deciding to undergo breast reconstruction. Despite best efforts, many healthcare professionals were not ideally placed to provide relevant and meaningful advice as they had personally never been diagnosed with cancer. In response to this dilemma, Dr Shelley Potter and Sr. Marilyn Calder helped to coordinate a collaborative effort between Bristol University and University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust, to produce a DVD featuring excerpts from 22 patient interviews. The 22 women chosen for interview had undergone either immediate or delayed breast reconstruction and were therefore fully qualified to talk about the difficult issues and related emotions involved in breast reconstruction. The DVD entitled ‘You are not alone’, encapsulates a range of thoughts and opinions from the women interviewed, such as their feelings at diagnosis, why they chose reconstruction, duration of recovery and the impact of adjuvant treatments on their reconstruction. The end result is a DVD that provides a frank, yet inspiring, and sometimes even humorous, account of the journey patients are likely to experience. Response to the DVD has been excellent, with patients describing it as “brilliant,” “fantastic” and “the best thing you could have done for women.” Mr Zenon Rayter, consultant surgeon at the Bristol Breast Unit and referee for this entry commented that “everyone who has seen ‘You are not alone’ has been overwhelmingly positive. One patient commented that ‘forewarned was forearmed’ and this encapsulates the way that we anticipate the DVD will help.” Team members: Shelly Potter, Marilyn Calder, Angie Nicholson, Lorraine Peall, Zoe Winters, Zenon Rayter Best Patient Support Initiative Judges Comments The judges felt that the RDOC initiative provides a good source of information in an otherwise under supported disease area. There has been a huge amount of effort involved in creating an excellent one-stop website with a collection of online support activities and information. The usage statistics highlight the success of the RDOC mouth cancer website and the need for this highly professional patient support initiative. Judges Comments This is a fantastic idea and deserves high commendation for its innovative and practical approach in helping women to make the difficult decision about when and if to have breast reconstruction surgery. The excellent graphics and visual nature of the DVD help to explain the very complicated procedure involved in breast reconstruction. As such, it is a good decision-making tool, and helps to reduce patients’ anxiety when considering their options. 1312
  8. 8. Winner: Lynette Lane Lynette Lane has achieved outstanding excellence through her work at the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff and is a truly deserved winner of this award. Her effort to improve the quality of care for clinical trials patients is exemplary. Prior to implementation of this initiative, clinical trial patients at the Velindre Cancer Centre were seen as part of consultant outpatient clinics. However, due to a lack of space and increasing time pressures, the nurse-led consultation and assessments were severely impinged upon. Overall the quality of patient care was believed to be suffering. In response to this issue, Lynette founded the Urology nurse-led clinical trials clinic in 2000 and, working in parallel with the consultant-led clinic, they aimed to better the overall patient experience and drive clinical trials recruitment. Key objectives for the nurse-led clinic were to improve clinic time and resource management, improve patient access to the clinic, enable uncomplicated referral for prospective patients, and conduct regular assessments of all operations. The efforts of Lynette and her team in setting up the nurse-led clinics have resulted in significant advances in clinical trials recruitment and patient care. Capacity for clinical trials activity has expanded, with the majority of patients eligible for clinical trials being screened. Impressively, 20% of all urology patients are entered into clinical trials, a figure that exceeds the national target of 10%. In addition, the ability of the nurses to spend more time with patients discussing the details of the clinical trials has led to a remarkable acceptance rate of around 60%. Dr Jim Barber, Consultant Clinical Oncologist at the Velindre Cancer Centre and referee for this award entry comments that the initiative has “greatly improved the quality of care for patients in clinical trials,” and that “particular mention should be made of the confidence building and close relationships built up with the patients, which is clearly over and above her core duties.” This year’s BOA Young Investigator Award will be awarded to a doctor in training or non-clinical scientist, less than three years post-PhD, who has made a significant contribution to oncology research. The award is judged on the quality of both their abstract and poster presentation. Judging will take place during the NCRI conference and the winner will be announced at the awards ceremony. Further details on the winning entry will shortly be published on the Excellence in Oncology website. Excellence in Oncology Nursing BOA Young Investigator Award Judges Comments An outstanding entry was the unanimous verdict of the judges. They all agreed that they would like to work in a clinic like that at the Velindre Cancer Centre. In 2000 Lynette founded the urology nurse- led clinical trials clinic, one of the first of its kind in the UK. From then the service has grown and developed delivering excellent results including an increase in the quality of patients’ visits and a decrease in patient waiting times, two challenging areas for improvement. The judges felt that this should be a way for the future of all hospitals and Lynette Lane was a worthy winner of the ‘Excellence in Oncology Nursing’ Award. 1514
  9. 9. Winner: Jane Feinmann Jane Feinmann raises important and controversial issues in cancer with two articles that were published in the Good Health section of the Daily Mail. She covers important issues such as breast reconstruction after cancer surgery and HPV testing in cervical cancer, discussing these subjects in a very engaging but authoritative way. In her article Is this the end of smear tests? published in October 2007, Jane debates the future of smear testing, reporting on the topical issue of the Department of Health’s introduction of an annual HPV vaccination for girls aged 12 and 13, as well as the almost 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 superbly brought to life using real-life case studies of women who have experienced this first hand. Highly commended: Madeleine Brindley Madeleine Brindley’s two articles published in the Western Daily Mail are excellent examples of reporting topical and relevant issues to local populations. Her first article, You have to fight on two fronts – the illness and the bureaucracy, published in February 2007, looks in detail at the hurdles preventing patient access to life-saving cancer treatments in Wales, resulting from drug appraisals by NICE and the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG). In the article published in June 2008, Sunbeds and deprivation key links in hotspots of cancer scarring the nation, Madeleine conducted extensive research to determine Wales’s ‘hotspots’ for cancer, as well as the most prevalent types of cancer and the potential reasons why. Excellence in Cancer Reporting Judges Comments 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. Judges Comments Madeleine’s work demonstrates a strong commitment to local health issues in Wales, and her in-depth research and clear writing style is admirable. We hope she continues her excellent work reporting issues within the field of cancer long into the future. Is this the end of smear tests? Checks for the virus that triggers cervical cancer are quicker and more accurate at detecting this killer. October 2007 Why aren’t cancerpatients being told theirbreasts can be saved? February 2008 1716
  10. 10. Winner: Professor Barry Hancock Professor Barry Hancock trained in general medicine and oncology in Sheffield and developed a passion for medical oncology and in particular lymphoma research which has been with him for over 30 years. He has led on numerous clinical trials with the British National Lymphoma Investigation (BNLI) and has one of the largest and most closely followed up lymphoma practices in the country. He was appointed as the YCR Professor of Clinical Oncology in 1988 and set up a thriving academic unit which has gone from strength to strength under his guidance and wise counsel. Barry’s other clinical interests include 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. Outside his clinical commitment Barry has been an ardent advocate and supporter for promoting the medical careers of those with various disabilities, and has worked around his own hearing difficulties with great success. He has a fanatical interest in trains, is a keen bird watcher and loves to travel with his wife Helen. Professor Barry Hancock was nominated for this award by Professor Robert Coleman, Professor and Honorary Consultant Medical Oncologist, Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield, who explained that this “award would be a fitting tribute to a glittering career”. Pfizer Lifetime Achievement Award 18