Pictured are Dr Russell Burcombe, (Consultant Clinical Oncologist), Claire Ryan, (Macmillan Nurse Clinician) and Emily Parsons, (Cancer Support Worker) at the House of Commons in November 2017 when they were invited to the launch of the Breast Cancer Care “Secondary, not Second Rate” campaign in recognition of the success of the Living With Secondary Breast Cancer group, which is funded by Breast Cancer Kent.
National charity Breast Cancer Care works with Breast Cancer Kent and the Breast Unit’s Clinicians and Therapists to provide the Living With Secondary Breast Cancer Workshop at The Hop Farm at Paddock Wood. This service is an invaluable support to the ladies of Kent who are living with a secondary breast cancer diagnosis. Breast Cancer Care recently nominated the Living With Secondary Breast Cancer Service in Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells for an NHS70 Parliamentary Award in the ‘Excellence in Cancer Care’ category and we’re really pleased to be able to report that Helen Grant (local MP) has also nominated the service.
The next stage in the process is the sifting of applications at a local level by NHS England, with a regional champion in each category being put forward to a national shortlist. This national shortlist will be announced on 21 May and there will then be an awards ceremony in Parliament on 4 July 2018, when the winners will be announced.
We are very excited that this project is receiving recognition and shows again how Kent is in the forefront of cancer care.
Information about the awards and why they have been set up is available on the NHS England website.