Below are a selection of biographies from some of the specialist nurse team at Milton Keynes Hospital:
Sue Fitzgerald, Gynaecology Oncology CNS
I am a registered nurse and qualified in January 1987 from Barnet College of Nursing, Hertfordshire. I later qualified as an intensive care nurse in 1991 achieving my ENB Course 100. I also obtained my Teaching & Assessing in Clinical Practice Course (ENB 998) in 1992.
I have experience in surgical nursing and cardiac angiography. I was appointed as Gynaecology Oncology Nurse in 2007. I have experienced cancer at a personal level as many members of my immediate family have battled with cancer. Therefore, nursing people with cancer and providing support to both patients and carers is of particular interest to me.
Jayne Nicolau, Nurse Hysteroscopist
I provide a nurse-led service incorporating caseload management for all my patients. I provide total patient care as a diagnostic nurse hysteroscopist, for patients attending the outpatient hysteroscopy service of a high quality and standard, and have developed skills and clinical expertises. I facilitate and have helped develop this service in line with evidence based practice and with the aim of improving the quality of care as part of a gynaecology multi disciplinary team. The patients who attend my clinics present with postmenopausal bleeding on the two week wait cancer pathway, and women who experience dysfunction uterine bleeding. It is vital to continue to deliver nationally agreed objectives for heavy menstrual bleeding and postmenopausal bleeding, of which hysteroscopy is an integral part. Additionally, this service is necessary if we are to achieve the Department of Health's aim of providing the majority of hysteroscopy in the outpatient setting.
I deputise for the Gynaecology Matron and Gynaecology Oncology Nurse when required. I report directly to Mr Nakade, Gynaecologist Cancer Lead. When my patients are diagnosed with endometrial cancer or endometrial hyperplasia with atypia, I arrange a follow-up appointment with me. I will inform them of the diagnosis prior to being followed-up for further management by the gynaecology multi disciplinary team. I also have a special interest in uro gynaecology and urodynamic studies. This is an additional and ongoing development of my role.
- 1980 - Registered General Nurse, West Hertfordshire School of Nursing (Watford & Hemel Hempstead)
- 1981-1982 - JBCN Operating Theatre Course No.176, Charing Cross Hospital
- 1994 - ENB Diploma in Family Planning, Luton University, Level 2
- 2005 - Advanced Nursing Practice Nurse Hysteroscopy, University of Bradford, Level 3
- 2007 - Therapeutic practices to support outpatient hysteroscopy: Intra uterine system (IUS) Mirena Coil, University of Bradford, Level 3
- 2010 - Advanced Communication Skills Training, TVCN
- 2011 - Macmillan adoption
Valerie Webb, Senior Research Nurse
Qualified in 1984, RN/Dip HE (Adult), Sir Gordon Roberts School of Nursing and Midwifery, Northampton. Special interest in haematology and oncology clinical trials, particularly in breast, lung and gastrointestinal disease.
Alison Sandaver, Macmillan Advanced Nurse Practitioner Haematology & Gynaecology
I qualified as a nurse back in 1985, initially working on a medical ward that specialised in haematological conditions. This is where my initial interest in haematology and oncology began. In 1988 I secured a place on the oncology course at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London. This meant a move to London and working and training at The Royal Marsden. My experience there was excellent and I qualified in oncology in 1989 and then worked on the breast cancer ward.
In 1991 I had a break and a few years off whilst I had a family, returning to Milton Keynes Hospital in 1996 where I worked on the gynaecology ward, initially as an RGN but through time I became ward manager. In 2001, a job was advertised for a haematology nurse specialist and I knew that was where my heart had always been so I applied and was successful.
In April 2001 I move wards and became a nurse specialist in haematology. In time, The Macmillan Haematology and Oncology Day Unit was built and I applied for the role on manager and was successful. In May 2004, the Macmillan Unit opened and I became the manager, with the title of Advanced Nurse Practitioner. I have been working in this role since that time and have seen the unit grow in patient numbers and facilities available.
I am currently undertaking a masters degree in advanced cancer care. Once that is complete I will undertake training in teenage and young adults with cancer as Milton Keynes Hospital is now approved as a designated Trust for this age group and I am the nurse lead.
My role is a hard but rewarding one and everyday is the same but very different from the next. I always enjoy the challenges it brings.
Wendy Black, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Lung Cancer and Palliative Care
Qualified in 1988 at Northampton Nene University Adult Branch. Professional interests: EOLC/discharge home, strong advocacy for patients and their families.
Pamela Steer, Upper Gastro-intestinal/Heptobiliary Pancreatic/Cancer Unknown Primary Clinical Nurse Specialist
- 1978 - SEN, Bristol Royal Infirmary
- 1978 - Ophthalmic Nursing Certificate, Bristol Eye Hospital
- 1984 - RGN, Whipps Cross Hospital, London
- 1998 - ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice
- 1999 - ENB 931 Care of the Dying Patient and Their Family
- 2009 - BSc Cancer Care and Palliative Care, Oxford Brookes University
- Gastroenterology cancer
- Patient experience - including communication, ensuring the patient is informed, quality of life and care