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Sheffield nurse credited with being 'fantastic ambassador for cancer patients'

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A Sheffield-based consultant nurse has been shortlisted for an award recognising her inspirational work supporting people affected by cancer in her area.

Professor Diana Greenfield, based at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been shortlisted for a Macmillan Excellence award, given by the cancer charity of the same name.

“People with cancer deserve to get the very best care they can possibly get”

Diana Greenfield

She was nominated by colleagues in the “innovation excellence” category, which celebrates vision and commitment that has made a lasting difference to quality of patient services.

Professor Greenfield is credited with having pioneered the establishment of a nurse-led team who are driving forward improvements to cancer services.

The Living With and Beyond Cancer team, which holds clinics at the Royal Hallamshire and Weston Park Hospitals, anticipate and monitor any late or long-term consequences of cancer treatment – emotional as well as medical.

“Diana is a fantastic ambassador for patients living with and beyond cancer”

Hilary Chapman

Professor Greenfield said the team was a “testament to the success of modern cancer treatment”, as more patients were surviving the disease than ever before.

But she noted that “very often” the consequences of having had cancer treatment were not always what patients might think.

“People find it hard to explain how they feel to those around them and often don’t realise that the healing process can take weeks, months and even years,” she said.

Professor Greenfield added: “I do the job I do because I care passionately that people with cancer deserve to get the very best care they can possibly get. We’ve still got a huge way to go.”

Nationally, she has also been credited with helping drive the charity’s Consequences of Cancer and Its Treatment Collaborative, a programme intended to improve patient experience.

As part of it, she has driven the development of competency frameworks for nurses to define the key knowledge and skills they need to care for people living with and beyond cancer.

Hilary Chapman

Hilary Chapman

Hilary Chapman

Professor Hilary Chapman, chief nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted that Diana has been recognised by Macmillan in these professional awards.

“Diana is a fantastic ambassador for patients living with and beyond cancer, and has led the way in pioneering changes that have allowed even more cancer patients to continue to receive high quality care and treatment in an era of improved survival rates,” she said.

“Her hard work and dedication are a credit to the trust, her team and her patients,” she added.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on 17 November, where the winners will be revealed.

The event, now in its fifth year, recognises and thanks pioneering teams and individuals who deliver the highest standards of care for people affected by cancer.

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