I have been qualified since 1994 having completed my Project 2000 Adult Nurse training at Canterbury Christ Church College and Kent and Canterbury Hospital. I then went on to complete my Nursing Degree at the University of Kent finishing in 1999. My first job as a qualified nurse was on a busy urology/general surgical and trauma orthopaedic ward. This has, I believe always given me a very good base to have started my nursing career. I then travelled to Australia and worked at the North Shore Private hospital in Sydney on a Urology/general surgery and Oncology ward for 12 months. On my return to England I decided to continue working with cancer patients and took up employment on Kathleen Ferrier Ward at the Central Middlesex where I was able to gain a good basis of managing patients diagnosed and receiving treatment for head and neck, lung, urological and haematological cancers. My love has always been for urology so I relocated to Reading and took up employment with the urology procedures unit where I was able to gain experience of diagnostic urology. I set up and managed a nurse led urodynamic service for 6 years. I then decided to incorporate my oncology and urology experience and was lucky enough to cover a maternity post as an uro-oncology CNS. I remained in post for a further 7 years gaining a vast experience managing patients diagnosed with a urological cancer. During my time in Reading I was involved with service development and set up several nurse led services including Brachytherapy follow up, BCG/MMC instillations, PSA telephone monitoring, Enzalutamide and Abiatorone clinic and a nurse led prostate biopsy results clinic. I have subsequently relocated to UCLH and currently am involved in the management of patients with bladder, prostate and penile cancer. This is primarily working with clinical and medical oncology. During my time in Reading I have also completed three Masters Modules which have enhanced my practice and management of cancer patients.
I was also involved in setting up a bladder cancer support group in Reading, and currently in the process of setting up a bladder support group and a prostate support group for UCLH patients.