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Colchester cancer nurse specialist biographies

Carl Badger-Watts

Lymphoma clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

Emma Brown

Stoma care clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital, Clacton Hospital, Harwich Hospital, Community and home visits

Gemma Bullen

General Haematology clinical nurse specialist

Colchester

Victoria Clark

Macmillan lung cancer clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

I qualified as a registered general nurse in 1992 after completing my training at Colchester Hospital. My background is oncology nursing, having previously worked as a chemotherapy nurse, oncology clinical trials nurse and Macmillan lung cancer clinical nurse specialist.

I have completed MSc in healthcare practice and work closely with the oncology and thoracic medicine teams.

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Kris Dungka

Colorectal clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

Sarah Ellis

Myeloma clinical nurse specialist

Colchester

Sarah Fussell

Uro-oncology clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

Angela Haigh

Breast cancer clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

I qualified as a registered general nurse in April 2004 at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford and Colchester Hospital. I worked as a staff nurse for six months on a surgical ward specialising in vascular surgery, followed by three years as a staff nurse on a breast and gynaecological ward.

I joined the breast team in July 2007 as a breast clinical nurse specialist. My role involves supporting patients diagnosed with breast cancer and the BRCA gene mutation through diagnosis, treatment and after treatment. I also run my own nurse led clinics in lymphoedema assessment and management, prosthesis fitting and nipple tattooing. I have a special interest in breast cancer genetics, breast reconstruction and survivorship.
Education and training: MSc Advanced Cancer nursing practice – Royal Marsden and St George’s University London
BSc (HONS) in cancer practice – Royal Marsden and Thames Valley University London
Registered General Nurse – Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford

 

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Natalya Hayter

Colorectal clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

I qualified in 2019 and started working at Colchester Hospital on Mersea Ward. I have also worked in the post op recovery unit and have recently joined the colorectal team as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

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Tina Hickey

General Haematology clinical nurse specialist

Colchester

Rachel Minter

Uro-oncology clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

I qualified in 1994, after completing Project 2000 registered nurse training in Colchester.

I initially worked at Guys and St Thomas’s hospital in gynaecology, and my first post motivated me to pursue my interest in oncology.

On my return to Colchester I continued my nursing career in oncology at Essex County Hospital and remained there for several years developing my skills by working in different roles as Registered nurse, Deputy sister and Ward sister.  I also completed my degree in Palliative Care, which further inspired me.

The knowledge and experience I gained in these roles all contributed to my development and transition to be a Uro-Oncology CNS.

I have now been in this post since 2016. I love my job and continue to strive for excellent patient care.

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Roksana Morgan-Fisher

Colorectal clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

Gina Moss

Gynaecology oncology clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

I began my nursing career on Jefferson Ward at Essex County Hospital, in 2011, where I worked as a staff nurse.

I then became Deputy Sister on Rhys Lewis Ward before moving to West Bergholt Ward at Colchester Hospital CGH, following the closure of Essex County Hospital. This formed the basis of my passion for Oncology.

Following this I worked as Clinical Skills Nurse for Cancer Services, expanding my knowledge in Oncology care and all aspects of a patient’s journey.

While in this post I was seconded into two different CNS roles, in Gynae-oncology, and as part of the Acute Oncology Service.

One of these secondments helped me rediscover my love for Gynaecology, and I am now the Lead Gynaecology Oncology CNS for Colchester.

I have now been in this role for four years and have enjoyed developing the service to improve patient experience and cancer pathway targets. I am currently working towards my Advanced Care Practitioner qualification, specialising still within Gynae-Oncology.

 

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Andrea Nears

Secondary/advanced breast cancer clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

I qualified as a registered nurse in September 1998 at Northumbria University at Newcastle. I have worked on medical wards and then moved to Essex. At Colchester Hospital I have worked in the outpatients department including the oncology clinics, and then worked in oncology clinical trials conducting breast cancer trials.
I joined the breast team in June 2016 as a secondary breast clinical nurse specialist. My role involves supporting patients with secondary/advanced breast cancer from the point of diagnosis throughout their treatment.
I also run nurse led treatment clinics to administer bone strengthening injections and monitor the side effects. I have gained considerable knowledge and experience since working in this role.
I have completed the ‘principles of breast cancer care’ module at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

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Joanne O'Callaghan

Primary breast cancer clinical nurse specialist with special interest in breast cancer-related lymphoedema

Colchester Hospital

I have worked within this role at Colchester for the past 8 years, gaining knowledge through both experience and formal qualifications.
I initially became interested in breast cancer and completed the Level 6 module at the Royal Marsden Hospital while working in the private sector.
In recent years I have completed a Postgraduate Certificate at level 7 in Healthcare (Cancer) at St George’s Hospital Medical School.
My role involves working with and supporting patients as a keyworker when diagnosed with primary breast cancer. I support them throughout their treatment journey as appropriate.
Prior to this I have worked at different grades in surgical, medical and intensive care wards having initially qualified in Kettering, Northamptonshire in 1984.
I have an interest in lymphoedema secondary to breast cancer and run the service with a colleague.

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Sally Philpott

Head and neck cancer, thyroid cancer

Colchester Hospital, Clacton Hospital

I began working at Colchester Hospital in 2002 as the head and neck clinical nurse specialist. Prior to this I had worked solely in the field of ENT / head and neck cancer nursing.

My previous job was at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford as ward sister on the head and neck surgical ward. Within my role here in Colchester I support patients and their carers who have cancer in their mouth, throat, tongue, jaw, voice box and neck. I also provide support for patients with thyroid cancer.

I meet patients when they are diagnosed and provide a means of support both in person and via telephone before, during and after treatment.  Treatment is often complex with multiple side effects and consequences; my role means that I am able to help patients and their families find ways to manage these effectively.

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Shelley Pledger

Acute oncology clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

Colchester was one of the first “pilot sites” to set up an acute oncology service 6 years ago. I am based in the busy emergency assessment unit and see patients admitted directly with complications from their cancer or cancer treatments.
I have worked for the trust for over 30 years in various roles and have experience with in-patient surgical, medical, palliative, oncology and out-patient chemotherapy administration.

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Rosy Quince

Colorectal clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

I started working in Colchester Hospital in the Colorectal team in 2021.

Prior to this I worked as an upper GI Clinical Nurse Specialist at St Georges Hospital and 10 years of experience within Critical care, including being the ward manager of a surgical HDU in Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital.

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Julie Reynolds

Uro-oncology clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

I qualified as a staff nurse in 1996 and began my career as a junior staff nurse on one of the oncology wards. After progressing to senior staff nurse, I further extended my role as clinical skills nurse for oncology. I then developed to junior sister and then to ward sister of Jefferson Ward.

During my time as ward sister I completed my palliative care degree and in 2011 began 7 years with the palliative care team taking special interest in the education of palliative care within the trust.
I moved to join the Uro-oncology CNS team in 2018 where I have continued my studies with Masters in Advanced Nursing.

I have recently been appointed as Lead Uro-oncology CNS for ESNEFT and start this 18 month secondment in November 2023

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Marie Rivierre

Therapeutic Family Practitioner

Colchester Hospital

My role in cancer services is to provide emotional and psychological support to children and young people under 18 years old and their families when someone close to them has a cancer diagnosis. I support families from diagnosis through treatment and beyond the cancer journey.

I am a qualified social worker with experience of working with children and families for the past 20 years within voluntary organisations, schools, children’s mental health services and local authorities. I previously practiced law, supporting children and carers in family/child law and Special Additional Needs & Disabilities Law. Before joining ESNEFT in 2023, I worked in children and young people mental health services and within a specialist adoption team, with a focus on providing therapeutic intervention to children and families who experienced loss and trauma.

Upon receiving a referral, I would usually suggest an initial discussion to explore how I can best help. I can offer advice and guidance to parents and carers , such as communicating with children about a diagnosis or help with parenting strategies. In addition, I can offer face to face sessions with children on their own or with their family. My role also involves liaising with schools and signposting to other agencies if needed.

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Kathy Rooke

Breast clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

I trained at Broomfield Hospital in 1989 and left to travel in South Africa for 6 months. On my return I took up a full time post as a staff nurse (and was promoted to senior staff nurse) at the Essex Nuffield in Brentwood. I left in October 1997 to take up a full time post as a research sister – breast care, working between Colchester and Chelmsford breast units.  My responsibilities included recruiting to and co-ordinating/managing several breast research studies. I continued in this role for the following 16 years.

I left Chelmsford in October 2013 to take up full time work at Colchester, continuing with breast research 2 days per week, but also taking up a new role simultaneously as breast clinical nurse specialist 3 days per week. In October 2016 I left the research role to become a full time breast CNS nursing. I have worked at Colchester with the breast team for over 20 years.

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Kay Selfe

Upper GI oncology clinical nurse specialist (includes cancer of the oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, bile duct, liver, gall bladder and small bowel)

Colchester Hospital

I have worked as the UGI CNS for Colchester Hospital since 2011, prior to this I was the UGI CNS for Ipswich Hospital from 2004.

I have worked in oncology (cancer) my entire nursing career. I qualified in 1991, having trained at Colchester. My first role was as a staff nurse at Essex County Hospital on the oncology ward. Since then I have worked as a palliative care nurse at St Helena Hospice and as a chemotherapy nurse at Ipswich Hospital before becoming a CNS.

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Linda Sherman

General haematology clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

Amy Sibbons

Uro-oncology clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

As a newly-qualified nurse I worked on an orthopaedic ward at Colchester Hospital.

I had always had a passion for oncology so after I had been qualified 18 months I decided to pursue my ambition of working in oncology and was lucky enough to be given a position at Jefferson ward at Essex County Hospital where I worked for two years as a staff nurse.

After two years at the hospital, I visited the CNS team at Colchester and was appointed in a developmental role as their support CNS. Once I had learnt the ropes and developed my knowledge I was promoted to a clinical nurse specialist.

During my time as a CNS I have attended many conferences, been involved in service development, ran nurse led clinics, completed a Masters in advanced healthcare practice and qualified as a non-medical prescriber.

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Jessica Thompson

Head and neck clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

I joined ESNEFT in August 2018, having completed my nurse training at Colchester Hospital in 2010.
I work within Head & Neck, which covers cancers of the ear, nose, throat and oral-maxillofacial.
I worked at Broomfield Hospital for 5 years prior to this, working in the same speciality but including plastic surgery. It was a post-operative ward for surgical patients, including those requiring a tracheostomy. I worked as a staff nurse there for 2 years and was then promoted to deputy sister for a further 3 years before moving to ESNEFT.

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Seena Varghese

Uro-oncology clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

I was qualified and completed my Internship in 2003 in India (Manipal Institute) and started work in the UK in 2004 as a Registered Nurse on one of the Orthopaedic wards.

I started my job in Colchester Hospital as a deputy sister on Fordham ward (one of the orthopaedic awards) in 2011.

I had been an orthopaedic nurse over a decade and decided it was time for a change and started the job as a deputy sister on Birch ward in 2020 for 18 months.

I then joined the Uro-oncology team in March 2022. Though I had no experience in Urology/Oncology, I was well mentored and motivated by my team and currently I work independently as a Uro-oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and I enjoy my job to the fullest.

I am proud of my team, their hard work, dedication, and team spirit.

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Natalie Wheatley

Surgery and cancer clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

I qualified in October 2004, having undertaken the degree programme at Anglia Polytechnic University. I have worked for Colchester Hospital since I qualified.  I spent the first 18 months working as a staff nurse in care of the elderly, A&E, general surgery and orthopaedics.

From April 2006 until January 2009 I worked as staff nurse on the oncology inpatient ward.  From 2009 until 2017, I was a research nurse, caring for patients undergoing clinical trials in both cancer and non-cancer studies.

Since May 2017, I have been employed as a colorectal clinical nurse specialist, caring for patients with a colon, rectal or anal cancer with regards to both surgery and oncology.  I look after patients throughout their cancer treatment, whether it is with a curative or palliative intent.  I also support the bowel cancer follow up clinic.

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Rachel White

General haematology clinical nurse specialist

Colchester Hospital

Faye Wood

Gynaecology oncology clinical nurse specialist

Colchester

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