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Derriford Hospital nurse wins national award

Liz Ridgway Oncology specialist nurse, Liz Ridgway, has won a national award for her contribution to cancer services.

Liz was presented with the British Journal of Nursing (BJN) Oncology Nurse of the Year award at a ceremony in London earlier this month. The awards recognise and celebrate the individuals going above and beyond in delivering their care.

Liz has made a vast difference to patients and carers by leading on service development issues, such as focus groups and improving sexual health issues for women affected by gynaecological cancer.

Last year, in addition to her own clinical work, Liz led the first oncology degree module in partnership with Plymouth University. The module was a great success, and some of the innovations that the delegates made, as part of their coursework, will impact upon patient care.

Liz has also established a patient focus group for Sarcoma, which encourages patients to access peer support and communicate with others affected by rare cancer.

“It was a very unexpected but greatly appreciated surprise to be voted Oncology nurse of the year 2018”, said Liz. “I am very fortunate to work with fantastic colleagues in Sarcoma, Gynaecology / Oncology, and the whole Oncology department in Derriford hospital; it is all about teamwork.”

Colleagues have described Liz as “an amazing team leader who is loved by all her patients.”

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