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Nurse Denise shortlisted for national award for outstanding cancer care

Published 07/06/2018

A Derby Teaching Hospitals nurse has received national recognition for establishing a programme aimed at improving cancer patients’ quality of life.

Macmillan Cancer Lead Nurse Denise Crouch helps promote an active recovery programme to support people living with cancer to improve their health and wellbeing. 

Working in partnership with Derby County Community Trust, Denise launched the programme in October 2016, and to date, more than 110 people affected by cancer have gone through the programme. 

This fantastic work has now seen her shortlisted for the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards in the Integration Excellence category. 

She said: “When people are diagnosed with cancer, they can feel fatigued and do often lose confidence. This programme is all about aiding their recovery by giving patients permission to be more active and helping boost their confidence by making them feel special. It’s amazing how well the activity programme has gone so far and we can clearly see that this work is improving patients’ lives. All the work that we do is centred on improving patient experience, so I would love for this programme to eventually be commissioned in primary care.”   

As part of the Trust’s ‘Living with and Beyond Cancer’ Programme, patients can keep active, while socialising with others living with cancer, at free personalised exercise sessions run by professional personal trainers with a background in cancer care. 

In addition to this 12 month programme, Derby Teaching Hospitals also holds three health and wellbeing events each year at Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium, where patients and carers can receive advice on everything from healthy eating to finance. 

Denise is one of just eight individuals from across the NHS to have been shortlisted for the Integration Excellence award, which highlights those who have shown an outstanding commitment to benefitting people living with cancer. 

She said: “I’m still in shock. It is a fantastic feeling to know that people believe in the work that I’m doing. To even be shortlisted is a huge honour, considering how many people would’ve been nominated across the country, so I’m very proud. I love my job and cancer care is something that I’m so passionate about. When I retire, I just want to be able to say that I made a difference to people living with cancer in Derby.”  

The winner will be announced at the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards ceremony on Thursday, 8 November, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

Last Modified 07/06/2018