A breast cancer outreach nurse has been shortlisted for a prestigious award, recognising the superb care she provides to women in the comfort of their own homes after surgery.
Sue Warren, who works in the community and at The James Cook University Hospital, has been shortlisted in the ‘Service Improvement Excellence’ category of the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards, which recognise Macmillan professionals who have made a significant difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.
Sue runs the Macmillan Breast Outreach Service which supports patients to go home as soon as possible after breast cancer surgery, with appropriate and reliable support.
The service provides hospital care within the patient’s own home, by allowing drain management and other procedures traditionally performed in a hospital to be carried out.
Since it was established, there have been major benefits to patient care including earlier post-operative discharge – often within a day – continuity of nursing care, reduction of hospital acquired infections and early detection and treatment of wound issues, as well as vital psychological care and support.
Sarah Morter, Macmillan specialist breast and thyroid nurse, said: “We’re thrilled Sue has been nominated – it’s a fantastic achievement and it’s great this excellent service has been recognised.
“The Macmillan Breast Outreach Service has direct links back to the specialist breast nurses and consultants should problems arise and it’s been really well received by patients and their families as it allows people to feel safe and supported through what is often a very stressful and difficult period in their life.”
Sue is among ten top professionals shortlisted in this category from nominations all over the UK and will meet a judging panel in London next month (July) with the awards ceremony being held in Birmingham in November.
She said: “It’s a great honour to be shortlisted for this service improvement award. The breast team at South Tees strive to provide excellent care and support to our breast cancer patients, from diagnosis through to discharge home after surgery and beyond.
I believe as a team we really make a difference to our patients’ quality of care, and to have the Macmillan Breast Outreach Service shortlisted for this award is exciting, rewarding and very humbling.”