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Midlands nurse wins national award for cancer tool

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Philippa Jones has been named Cancer Nurse of the Year at the recent Quality in Care (QiC) Awards.

The QiC Awards highlight good practice and collaboration between the NHS, patient groups and the industry in specific therapy areas.

“I am delighted to have recognition of what nurses can achieve if they are determined”

Philippa Jones

Ms Jones is a Macmillan acute oncology nurse advisor based at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, as part of the Clinical Research Network in the West Midlands.

The role, a unique collaboration between the two organisations, supports the development of acute oncology services regionally and nationally.

Her award win recognises her pioneering work on the UK Oncology Nursing Society triage tool, which is credited with improving emergency care pathways for patients receiving cancer treatment.

Accompanied by guidelines to help manage patients with cancer when unwell whether they are on or off active treatment, the tool is considered so “robust” that non-clinical staff have been trained in its use.

“Without her drive and dedication, we simply wouldn’t be in the same position with acute oncology”

Marika Hills

It is used widely in the UK and has also been implemented in Australia and New Zealand.

Ms Jones was nominated for the award by Dr Pauline Leonard, a consultant oncologist at the Whittington Hospital in London.

Ms Jones, a former emergency department nurse and oncology nurse specialist, said: “I am completely shocked and thrilled to win this award, as I think all oncology nurses deserve recognition for their hard work.

“I am fortunate to work in this role and am delighted to have recognition of what nurses can achieve if they are determined,” she said.

Marika Hills, Macmillan development manager for Staffordshire and Wolverhampton, said: “Philippa’s work on the triage toolkit means that cancer patients can be reassured that they’ll receive safe, robust and tested advice and will be treated appropriately.

“It’s excellent news that Philippa’s innovative work in the area of acute oncology has been recognised,” she said. “Without her drive and dedication, we simply wouldn’t be in the same position with acute oncology.”

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