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Cancer nurses recognised at RCN Nursing Awards

Jennifer Sprinks @RCNi_Sprinks

Queen’s Nurse Julie Roye named Nurse of the Year 2023 for her work to boost smear tests at Cauldwell Medical Centre, Bedford

Cancer nursing and research initiatives gained recognition for their contribution to improving outcomes in patient care at the RCN Nursing Awards 2023, held in Liverpool in November.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 23, 1, 6-6. doi: 10.7748/cnp.23.1.6.s2

Published: 02 January 2024


Picture credit: John Houlihan

Julie Roye, Queen’s Nurse and head of nursing for primary care at East London NHS Foundation Trust, was named Nurse of the Year 2023 after winning the Leadership category for her work to boost smear tests among eligible 25-64 year olds at Cauldwell Medical Centre, Bedford. She increased uptake from 52% to 80% in nine months, improving equitable access for the diverse patient population.

Ms Roye and her multidisciplinary team, including experts in outreach and education, focused on making appointments more convenient and found new ways to engage with the community.

‘This shows a deprived borough can achieve the same healthcare as privileged areas with the right leadership and by accepting change,’ Ms Roye said.

Roxanne Crosby-Nwaobi, lead research nurse at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHsS Foundation Trust, won the Researcher of the Year Award.

She led a campaign to raise awareness about taking part in research opportunities among minority ethnic groups and people from deprived areas.

Dr Crosby-Nwaobi created a digital platform to engage with patients and encourage them to sign up for clinical trials. Her work with focus groups to co-produce promotional materials has been translated into several languages, including Gujarati, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and Bengali.

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