Dr Susanne Cruickshank, Chair Cancer and Breast Care Forum, The Royal College of Nursing

Susanne is a Reader in Cancer Nursing at Edinburgh Napier University and Chair of the Cancer and Breast Care Forum, Royal College of Nursing. Susanne qualified in 1987 and has always worked in the field of oncology/haematology.  Clinically her career started caring for people undergoing surgery for head and neck cancer then moved into haematology and transplantation, and then breast cancer surgery.  In 1996 she took up a position as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in NHS Borders and established a nurse-led chemotherapy service. 

She joined the University in 2003 and works closely with colleagues across the UK to undertake clinically based research that focuses on the person with cancer, their experiences and interventions that can enhance recovery.  She provides education to different professional and patient groups to increase awareness, understanding and knowledge about cancer.

Susanne currently co-leads the National Evaluation of the “Transforming Care after Treatment Programme”, a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support, the Scottish Government and Third sector that seeks to improve the after care and support for people living with and beyond cancer in Scotland.  She is the nurse representative on the Scottish Advisory Board for Breast Cancer Now, works closely with Myeloma UK and Breast Cancer Care, and is involved with the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.   She has published and presented widely

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