Helen has been a UKONS Board member for a number of years and key leader of the Chemotherapy / Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment (SACT) Members Interest Group (MIG) until recently. Day-to-day Helen is employed as Consultant Cancer Nurse by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, which is part of the North or England Cancer Alliance. Helen is also a Consultant Editor for the British Journal of Nursing Oncology supplement.
Helen has worked in adult cancer care for most of her career and continues to provide a role, which enables her to remain very clinical. She has developed a wealth of skills, knowledge and expertise in patient care, leadership and service development, all of which influence her day to day practice and ultimately the patient care she provides.
Her specialist area of clinical expertise is the management of patients with breast cancer. This involves assessing patients; managing symptoms and treatment toxicities, prescribing, requesting radiological investigations, developing and leading services i.e. homecare service, requesting Oncotype DX testing and ensuring patients are offered the opportunities to take part in research. She has presented at many conferences, from local to international; published extensively on an array of topics; developed on-line education modules and delivers national extravasation training events.