Nursing Network Awards celebrate excellence in breast cancer nursing

Leading support charity Breast Cancer Care has launched its second annual Nursing Network Awards and applications are now being accepted.

The Nursing Network Awards champion best practice in specialist breast care nursing across the UK recognising individuals or teams who have demonstrated innovative and pioneering ideas that make a positive difference to patient care. The deadline for all applications is Friday 23 August 2013 and the winners will receive up to £1000 prize money to support their work.

There are three categories to enter – best multidisciplinary project best research or audit project and best patient support initiative. Any members of the Nursing Network working on a project or initiative where the majority of the work has taken place from January 2012 onwards can apply for the awards.

The winners will be announced at the Charity’s Annual Healthcare Professional Conference in November and will be chosen by an esteemed panel of five judges from across the field of breast care; Dr Emma Pennery Clinical Director at Breast Cancer Care Maria Noblet Chair of the RCN Cancer and Breast Care Forum Amanda Shrewbridge Nurse Consultant in Breast Care and Gill Donovan Breast Oncology Nurse Specialist.*

Breast Cancer Care’s Clinical Director Head of the Nursing Network and judge of the Nursing Network Awards Dr Emma Pennery said:

“After the success of last year’s awards we are really excited to launch the 2013 Nursing Network Awards. The awards are so important in recognising the exceptional work breast care nursing teams do throughout the UK and we are looking forward to receiving all the applications.

“They offer a wonderful way to celebrate successes and to share new ways to improve patient care which we at Breast Cancer Care know makes a huge difference to the experience of patients.”

Last year’s exciting winning projects included a one-stop anaesthetic pre-assessment clinic a follow-up patient education programme a day case/one-night breast surgical pathway and a telephone service for secondary breast cancer patients.

To apply online please visit or email to receive a paper copy of the application form. For more information about applying you can also call 0345 092 0802.

If you’re not yet a member of the Nursing Network and are a healthcare professional working directly with people affected by breast cancer it’s free and easy to join. Breast Cancer Care’s Nursing Network brings together more than 700 professionals working in the field of breast cancer to share best practice keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the field and ensure Breast Cancer Care’s services continue to be responsive to patient need.


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*About the judges

Dr Emma Pennery Clinical Director and Head of the Nursing Network Breast Cancer Care
Before working at Breast Cancer Care Emma worked as a senior clinical nurse specialist in breast care for more than fifteen years most latterly at The Royal Marsden Hospital. She sits on various expert management groups for UK and European research acts in a consultative role to the Department of Health and the RCN and is a peer reviewer for several academic journals.

Amanda Shewbridge Nurse Consultant in Breast Cancer Guys and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Before working at Guys and St Thomas’ Amanda was a lead cancer nurse and clinical nurse specialist. She is an honorary lecturer at Kings College London. Her clinical practice includes both diagnostic and survivorship clinics. Amanda recently started a part-time doctorate in clinical practice.

Gill Donovan Breast Oncology Nurse Specialist Velindre Cancer Centre Cardiff
Gill has been working in the field of Oncology for over 30 years. She has a keen interest in service redesign and has led initiatives on delivery of all adjuvant treatments through non-medical models of care in breast cancer. In 2010 Gill was the winner of the Excellence in Oncology Award for her work on the Herceptin pathway.

Maria Noblet Clinical Nurse Specialist University Hospital of South Manchester and Chair of the RCN Cancer and Breast Care Forum
Maria’s career in breast cancer spans 20 years initially as a breast care nurse and then clinical nurse specialist at the University Hospital of South Manchester. Maria is also Chair of the RCN Cancer and Breast Care Forum.

About Breast Cancer Care
When breast cancer and its treatment overshadow everything we see the woman underneath. Breast Cancer Care is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to providing emotional and practical support for anyone affected. Our free Helpline website and online forums offer a friendly ear and expert information for those dealing with this life-threatening disease. Across the UK we offer a range of confidential face-to-face services for people living with and beyond breast cancer. We campaign for better support and care and promote the importance of early detection involving people with breast cancer in all that we do. Visit or call our free Helpline on 0808 800 6000.

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