"The study day was in its 11th year, and it was our pleasure to take this on for the first time. The day is aimed principally at clinical nurse specialists working within this field, either from regional centres, or from district general hospitals, where the role comes under the umbrella of Upper Gastrointestinal teams. This has been a very successful day for the past decade, and we hope to continue this trend, and attract more nurses from across the UK.
We worked with an advisory group of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) clinical nurse specialists in order to develop the agenda and also sought feedback through a survey earlier this year from a wider group of nurses about what to include. We had an exciting agenda which includes sessions on diet and pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy; an update on chemo-radiotherapy treatment; interventional radiology and clinical supervision and self-care for nurses. It was also an excellent opportunity to network with other nurses working in the field.
The day was kindly sponsored by Celgene, Vitaflo, Abbott and Ipsen, who had trade stands which were visited by delegates during the breaks. We were also joined by other charities, and staff from the Liverpool Cancer Trials Unit. We are very grateful to the sponsors, as this allows the study day to be free to delegates, which is very important in today's economic climate.
During the day, we also presented the Inaugural Nurses Appreciation award to Claire Frier from the Royal Free Hospital in London (pictured above with her certificate), in recognition of her outstanding contribution to both patients and colleagues in her role as Hepato-Biliary Clinical Nurse Specialist. Claire was joined by 5 other nominees - Phil Whelan, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital; Hannah Clarke, Southampton General Hospital; Ryan Innumerable, Nottingham University Hospital; Pam O' Donoghue, The Royal Free hospital, London and Lorraine Bosonnet, Marie Curie, Liverpool.
The judging was done by two members of our Medical Advisory Board, a Pancreatic Cancer UK voice, and two members of Pancreatic Cancer UK staff. The standard of the nurses nominated was extremely high, and our judges reported that it was a "very difficult" decision. We are delighted to be able to show our appreciation as a charity to the nurses who look after those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and their families and loved ones, on a daily basis. The award is something we plan to include every year and we are looking forward to establishing this as a tradition!"