I trained as a nurse at North Tyneside School of Nursing and qualified in 1987. My first staff nurse job was on a gynaecology ward in St James Hospital in Leeds. After 2 years I moved to London to complete a 6 month course in gynaecology nursing and ended up staying for 3 years. I then returned to my home city of Newcastle firstly as a ward sister on a Gynae-oncology ward progressing to a nurse practitioner and now a Macmillan Nurse Specialist in Gynae Oncology. I have recently taken up a seconded post within my department as a Macmillan Clinical Project Nurse. The project aim is to re-design follow-pathways after treatment which includes the survivorship agenda. This is an exciting time in oncology nursing and an opportunity to make a real difference to women as they adjust after treatment.
During my time as a CNS I have seen the NFGON grow from strength to strength providing educational and networking opportunities, developing practice and forging links with national charities and other professional bodies with a shared vision and goal of advancing treatments, raising awareness and supporting our patients. I feel proud and excited to be able to take a more active role in the forum and to have an opportunity to work with colleagues from around the country.
Outside of work I enjoy walking and feel very lucky to live in a wonderful part of the country with easy access to both countryside and coastal walks. I also enjoy the varied activities that living close to a city offers such as galleries, restaurants, bars and shops.