Sue Brand, Germ Cell Clinical Nurse Specialist and Chair, It’s in the Bag

Germ Cell Clinical Nurse Specialist BSc Hons, RGN, EN, became an Enrolled nurse in 1980 in Norfolk, continued to work in Essex for a few years and then moved to the West Country in 1989. She then registered, and completed her degree some years later. Worked in acute medicine for many years before specialising in oncology 1994 working as a chemotherapy nurse in Weston Super Mare, she then moved to the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre to work as a research nurse. Sue then took up the post of Germ Cell CNS for the South West of England and found her passion. While in post worked to improve the service for men and guided the team (Bristol Testicular Cancer Service) to be commended in 2010 for Team of the Year. She then completed a post graduate certificate in caring for teenagers and young adults with cancer at Coventry University. While working within the BTCS co-founded It’s in the Bag a charity who were awarded charity Initiative of the year in 2012.

Sue is passionate about using patient experience to guide practice and changing the patient pathway accordingly. She is currently on the NCRI Clinical Studies Group for Testis, sub-group for Quality of Life and Screening, Prevention and Early Diagnosis. Sue is currently the chair of the recently formed UKONS Germ Cell Members Interest Group and working together with other testicular cancer charities to form the Testicular Cancer Coalition to ensure a high standard of testicular cancer awareness and encouragement of self-checking.

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