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Clare Churcher known as Clare

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Qualifications

MSc in Professional Practice at University of South wales
PgC in Palliative Care, at the University of South Wales
Bachelor of Nursing in Adult Nursing at the University of Glamorgan

About

After having a number of jobs including and an Investment and mortgage advisor for a Bank and a Wedding Co-ordinator for a hotel. I came into Nursing at the age of 31 and this is simply the best job in the world.

Experience

I qualified in 2008 from the University of Glamorgan and went straight into Oncology nursing at Velindre Cancer Centre where I worked on the wards as a staff nurse. Nursing patients with all types of cancer but intergrating my knowledge with various treatments, assessments, diagnosis, and supporting patients with their concerns and problems. In 2011 I took on the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gynaecology-Oncology. I supported both curative and palliative patients from their initial diagnosis through treatment, follow up appointments, recurrent diagnosis and at the end of life. I was able to work with palliative care both in-house hospital/hospice teams and within the community. I was part of a team that set up two nurse-led clinics, one for patients on follow up with ovarian cancer and a psychosexual clinic. I have taken part in peer reviews for Gynae-Oncology and implemented changes with the specialist nurse services in Wales. Whilst at Velindre I also took a secondment as a Clinical Nurse Educator, supporting students from various university’s on placements and organised staff and student training days.

Publications

Churcher, C. (2007), ‘Participating in a patients end of life care was humbling’ Nursing Standard. 21(35), pp 27

Churcher, C., Burton, S., Hanna, L., Hudson, E, and Jones, R. ‘The development of an innovative Nurse Led Ovarian Cancer Survivorship Clinic’ (Poster Presentation). Presented locally at NFGON (National Forum of Gynae-Oncology Nurses) at Bath in 2012, nationally at BGCS (British Gynaecology Cancer Society) in London in 2012 and internationally at the Quality and Safety Conference in Paris in 2014.

Churcher, C., Burton, S., Miller, L., Jones, R., Hudson, E., Bray, M., Rollason, G., and Cornell, R. (2012), ‘Gynaecology Oncology Service Redesign Project (a joint project with Pfizer Health Care Solutions)’. Cardiff: Velindre Cancer Centre.

Churcher, C., Burton, S., Miller, L., Jones, R., Hudson, E., Bray, M., Rollason, G., and Cornell, R. (2013). Re-designing Follow up care for cancer patients’. Cancer Nursing Practice. 22(6), Pp 12 – 17

Churcher, C., Lyness, J., Jadon, R., Burton, S., Hudson, E, and Hanna, L. (2015), ‘Psychosexual problems after pelvic radiotherapy’. (poster presentation), London: BGCS

Churcher, C., Jones, R., Taubert, M., and Holloway, J. (2016), ‘Guidelines for patients with suspected bowel obstruction’. Protocol set up for use within Velindre Cancer Centre.

International Nurses Day Video. USW in conjunction with Velindre Cancer Centre, ‘Being a Nurse’. Shown on USW website http://southwales.ac.uk/story/2222/ and on Velindre Cancer Centre you tube site https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOgtBSls6Sc (2016 and relaunched in 2017)

Participated in a pilot looking at a ‘Career and education framework for cancer nursing’ https://www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development/publications/pub-005718 Published February 2017

Research

Currently involved with the Community Health and Care Research Cognitive Group and working with a GP in Aneurin Bevan on his research, ‘Interventions to improve patient safety in palliative care delivered in primary care: A protocol for systematic scoping review of the literature’. This is currently work in progress which I will continue to be involved in and will be published once completed.

Areas of Expertise

Oncology & Palliative care

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