A consultant cancer nurse from Cumbria has said she is delighted to be advising the BBC about a storyline in a medical drama.
Helen Roe works at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven. She is helping writers and research staff on the programme Holby City with a story that covers the way nursing roles are evolving.
She is using her professional knowledge to tell the team if their story suggestions are realistic and explaining how things might play out in a real NHS hospital.
Ms Roe was one of the first consultant cancer nurses appointed in Britain and has been given a number of accolades, including being named one of the UK’s top five cancer nurse leaders.
She said: “Although I have had many other opportunities and recognition in my nursing career, this really is up there with the best - to be involved in the production of a storyline for a programme I watch. I am really grateful to my colleagues who recommended me for the role, and very much looking forward to seeing the storyline develop on TV later this year.”
Ms Roe said her time working with the BBC is revealing a lot about what goes into making a TV show.
“I must admit I was very surprised at the degree of work which takes place behind the scenes to ensure the storylines are as near to real life as possible, along with how much work goes into producing just one on-screen conversation,” she said.
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