We are delighted to announce that our Head of Nursing (Cancer and End of Life), Sian Dennison has been shortlisted to represent the South West in a prestigious competition to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.
The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards will recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.
Described by her colleagues as “the voice for cancer services and cancer patients”, Sian has been recognised for her devotion to improving cancer care at every stage. Sian has facilitated the introduction of several cancer patient support groups and has supported and encouraged these groups to develop through delivering effective leadership to her team.
Sian has also introduced end of life rooms to Derriford hospital. End of life rooms are a peaceful place for patients when it is not possible for them to be at home or in a local hospice. They are less clinical and provide a more comfortable, peaceful atmosphere for terminally ill patients and their relatives.
“I have been a cancer nurse for over 30 years and I am absolutely delighted to have been nominated for this award,” said Sian.
“To me, this award is about the team I work with. I couldn’t have achieved all that has been delivered without their passion, dedication and their support to improve patient care and make a difference.”
Chief Executive of University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Ann James, said: “I am absolutely delighted for Sian. She is an inspiring leader who embodies a positive, caring and progressive culture with her team of Cancer Nurse Specialists.
“Sian is absolutely the voice for cancer services and cancer patients in the region and is incredibly deserving of this recognition.”
Nominations for the awards were put forward by Mr Johnny Mercer MP, Mr Gary Streeter MP and Mr Luke Pollard MP.
Penny Smith, Director of Nursing & Quality at NHS England (South West – South) said: “These awards are a fantastic showcase on how the Five Year Forward View is being put into action in the South West. This award is all about recognising those who are going above and beyond to improve treatment and outcomes for patients, as well as those who are supporting patients with the personalised care and support they need. It is great to see that Sian is making such a positive impact. ”
Sian has been invited to a special awards ceremony, to be held in Parliament on Wednesday 4 July, the day before the NHS’s 70th birthday, where the winners will be announced.
Good luck Sian!