Can you tell us a bit about yourself, your background and your time at BMI The Beardwood Hospital?
I have been a registered nurse for 31 years. I previously worked in the NHS as a Senior Sister in Oncology. My role at The BMI Beardwood Hospital is Clinical Services Manager for Oncology.
What aspects of your role do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy all aspects of my role, including planning and delivering the patient’s treatment and ensuring chemotherapy is given safely. I give support to patients and their family to ensure a flawless treatment plan. I also provide oncology training and support to all the nurses within the department and on the ward.
Describe a typical day/week at The Beardwood Hospital for you.
Fortunately no two days are the same. The calendar of patients attending for chemotherapy or clinic follow-up can change at short notice due to new patients needing to attend, and patients on treatment being unwell and requiring urgent attention.
How does your role benefit the patients?
My professionalism, knowledge and experience ensures patients receive safe and effective care. I have developed staff to enable them to be competent and confident in their role.
What has been your greatest achievement so far at the hospital?
The unit received the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark, which after stringent assessment acknowledged the hospital's excellent environment and patient-focused cancer care service. All the staff, including myself, are now Macmillan adopted and have access to the services and training courses that Macmillan offer.
I am also proud to have set up six-monthly patient questionnaires with very positive results. These help us identify areas of improvement, for example, new easy-to-use recliner chairs for the patients.
What activities do you enjoy outside of work?
I enjoy cycling and walking. I love to go on cruises and have visited lots of amazing places, such as China. I love spending time with my family and socialising with friends.
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