Philippa is the Macmillan Associate Acute Oncology Nurses Advisor: an innovative role intended to support the development of acute oncology services. She is ably equipped to deliver this role from her early beginnings as a nurse in the emergency department to an oncology nurse specialist. She pioneered, developed, implemented and embedded the UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) triage tool – a tool that has transformed the emergency pathways of care for patients on treatment for their cancer. This tool is accompanied by a comprehensive set of guidelines to help manage patients with cancer when unwell whether they are on or off active treatment. So robust are the tools that non-clinical grades have been trained in their use.
Paula has consistently innovated and striven to raise the standards of oncological nursing care via research, education and quality improvement projects. In 2015 she designed and implemented nurse-led survivorship pathway for prostate cancer patients for the biggest urology centre in the UK using seminars instead of the more usual one to one consultations. ‘The New Survivorship Pathway’ for prostate cancer patients has a clear emphasis around patient experience and recovery pre and post cancer treatment. She engaged with the multidisciplinary teams, and delivered seamless change to current practice. Key emphasis of the design was around improving patient experience and providing a more cost efficient service for the NHS.