The breast care team at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has won a BJN (British Journal of Nursing) Award. The NDHT team was successful in the Oncology Nurse of the Year category for its entry entitled “Stepping up to maintain the triple assessment breast cancer clinics in the absence of a breast surgeon”.
Breast cancer services experienced a reduction in consultant capacity and rather than close the symptomatic breast service, the team of experienced nurse specialists, some with existing advanced level skills, took on the two-week wait triple assessment clinics, running a diagnostic and follow-up breast service.
This has meant that NDHT has been able to offer a symptomatic two-week wait breast triple assessment clinic to more than 1,200 patients, who would have otherwise had to travel to an out-of-area hospital.
Specialist breast care nurse Karen Hillman said: “We’re really proud to have been able to offer this service to our patients, and delighted to have won in the award”.
The breast care team