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In Post Since April 2004
Location University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Contact Call 0116 250 2615 or email Liz|.
There are almost 2,500 cases of mesothelioma in the UK each year. This number is expected to rise by 100–120 a year, and then abate in 3–4 years time. This is because of the long latency period between first exposure to asbestos and the development and diagnosis of mesothelioma, which can be between 15 and 60 years.
I split my time between Mesothelioma UK|, a national resource centre providing specialist information and support, and the University Hospitals of Leicester, where I am based in the lung cancer team.
Earlier this year, I was awarded a 10 Year Achievement Award from the British Thoracic Oncology Group for Major Impact to Lung Cancer Patient Care. It’s amazing to be honoured in this way by colleagues and peers.
I am also delighted that the Mesothelioma Care in Practice Course|, a joint venture with the Royal Marsden School of Nursing and Rehabilitation and Mesothelioma UK, received a 2011 Excellence in Oncology Award for Best Professional Education Initiative.
Mesothelioma UK runs a community of practice called the Mesothelioma Nurse Action Team through Macmillan’s Learn Zone.| The team meets twice a year and has around 40 members.
I also review patient information for Macmillan, coordinate Mesothelioma UK’s annual patient and carers conference, and promote Action Mesothelioma Day|, a lobbying day to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos.
The service is now self-funding, so fundraising is a big challenge. I also feel I have responsibility to ensure the longevity of the service.
I’m very passionate and committed, but I want to develop a workforce not dependent on any one person; one that can share clinical responsibility. Mesothelioma UK is in the process of funding two more nurses who will be based in their local trust, but will take on regional and national responsibilities.
Visit Mesothelioma UK| or call their freephone helpline on 0800 169 2409.
We have more information about mesothelioma|.
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