Congratulations to Jo Thompson, Clinical Nurse Manager, in the Supportive and Palliative Care Team who has been shortlisted for Nurse Leader of the Year in the Nursing Times (NT) Awards 2022.
Jo was put forward for the NT award after helping make a number of innovative changes to the enhanced supportive care service. One of the projects Jo set up was a nurse-led telephone service offering symptom assessments and support for patients receiving anti-cancer treatment.
Jo also led Royal Surrey’s successful bid for accreditation as a Multi-national Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) centre of excellence of supportive care. St Luke’s Cancer Centre was the first UK cancer centre to receive this accreditation.
Dr Charlotte Leach, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, said: “Gaining the MASCC accreditation was a testament to Jo’s commitment, clear vision and dedication to promoting best clinical practice. Jo is an outstanding role model for demonstrating a high level of professionalism.
“Jo inspires others through her expert knowledge and skill, and her visible presence within the Trust is widely appreciated and recognised by staff, patients and relatives alike.”
The Nursing Leader of the Year nomination also recognises Jo’s work inspiring and mentoring nurses studying for their independent nurse prescribing qualification and her enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge and expertise with colleagues.
We wish Jo the best of luck for the finals. The winners will be announced on 26 October at the NT Awards Ceremony in London.