We met up with Karen Lewis, who’s been a nurse for more than 20 years and recently won a Macmillan award. She tells us how she’s training other professionals to help people with cancer when they need it most.
‘In my role as a Macmillan palliative care educator, I help healthcare professionals become better at providing end of life care. So far I have helped train more than 70 people, who then share their new skills with their colleagues.
‘I moved into the role after caring for my mum before she passed away. Up until that experience, I thought I knew a lot about end of life care. But now I notice things that I might not have recognised before.
‘There were so many things throughout my mum’s journey that I think could’ve been better. It made me really frustrated. So I went away and did a postgraduate certificate in palliative care and when this post came up, I had to go for it.
‘Macmillan has been a great help to me in this role – it’s brilliant to have the support of a charity like them. I also recently won a Macmillan award given to healthcare professionals who they think have done excellent work, which was very flattering.’
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