Christine Talboys with patient

Christine Talboys with patient

A nurse from the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) has been nominated for a national award for improving care for cancer patients.

RBH Urology Cancer Advanced Nurse Specialist, Christine Talboys, is one of five UK nurses shortlisted for the Royal College of Nursing Institute’s (RCNi) Cancer Nursing Award.

Sponsored by Macmillan Cancer Support, the RCNi Cancer Nursing Award is for nurses who have led initiatives to improve the delivery of cancer patient care.

Christine developed a new leadership initiative at RBH as part of her project for the Mary Seacole Healthcare Leadership Programme run by the NHS Leadership Academy.

The project standardised and streamlined follow-up processes for patients who have been newly diagnosed with non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). Christine collected feedback from patients to find out how they wanted to receive their results. Patients at RBH now only wait an average of 13 days as opposed to 17 days to be informed of their histology results and it is hoped the wait will be reduced further still in future.

Christine also developed a personalised care plan detailing the grades and stages of NMIBC to complement the process, including tailored follow-up schedules.

Christine said: “It is a real honour to be shortlisted for this award and I’d like to thank the Urology Team at RBH for all their support and hard work in implementing the new ideas that resulted from the project.”

Category finalists will celebrate their achievements on Friday 6 May at an awards ceremony in London attended by key figures in nursing. A winner for each category will be announced on the night, and one of the category winners will be declared the RCN Nurse of the Year 2016.

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