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Christie nurse awarded for pancreatic cancer care

Posted by: Information & support 20 November 2014

A specialist nurse at leading cancer centre, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, has been recognised for her work with pancreatic cancer patients.

The award was presented to Lynne McCallum, a hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) and Neuroendocrine Tumour (NET) clinical nurse specialist at the Pancreatic Cancer UK annual meeting in October.

It was given in recognition of her hard work, dedication, and commitment in the field of HPB nursing. Lynne’s nomination came from a colleague following her work on a nurse-led audit that she initiated at The Christie into malignant pancreatic cancer patient care.  

Juan Valle, Professor of Medical Oncology at The Christie said: “It was my pleasure to nominate Lynne on behalf of the HPB unit and NET at The Christie.

“She is a hard-working clinical nurse specialist who fulfils all the required elements of her role with diligence and a clear patient focus, including being the key worker for our patients.

“The research for which she has been awarded is a reflection of her academic potential; she is able to critically evaluate published data and is developing an awareness of how to develop clinical questions into research proposals.

“Lynne reflects the ethos of our institution ‘We Care, We Discover, We Teach’ in that she provides excellent clinical care; she is keen to pursue her own research which is patient-centred and relevant; and is engaged in education ranging from patients themselves to her peers and the wider multi-disciplinary team. “

Lynne, 37 from Prestwich, added: “I was honoured to receive this award and I’m pleased the hard work on this project has been recognised in this way. Finding ways to improve patient care for pancreatic cancer patients is an area I’m very passionate about and is the main focus of this research. I hope to lead further projects like this in the future. ”

Dr Sarah Chilvers, Director of Operations, Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: “At Pancreatic Cancer UK, we are committed to supporting the role of the clinical nurse specialist and as such we are very keen to show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

“This award focuses on initiatives which result in a better experience for people with pancreatic cancer, ranging from a piece of research to a change in practice which enhanced the patient journey. Lynne was given the award because she fulfilled all these criteria as she showed true innovation through the work she has carried out looking into the issues of diet and weight loss for people with pancreatic cancer.”