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Meet the Team

Dr Susanne (Sue) Cruickshank PhD, FHEA, MSc, BSc, RGN

Susanne Cruickshank is Associate Professor in Cancer Nursing at the University of Stirling, Scotland, Chair of RCN Cancer and Breast Care Forum, member of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Cares’ Corporate and Philanthropic Committee and on the editorial Board for the RCNi Cancer Nursing Practice Journal.  She has over 25 years’ experience working in oncology and haematology.  Her research is interdisciplinary and clinically applied, and aims to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.  Her current portfolio includes cytotoxic safety for health professionals and interventions to support fear of cancer recurrence among people with breast cancer.

Pam Hoyes

Pamela Hoyles RGN. BSc (Hons) 

Macmillan Breast Care Nurse Specialist, Hull & East Yorkshire Breast Care Unit

Pam has worked as a Macmillan Breast Care Nurse Specialist for fifteen years at the Hull & East Yorkshire Breast Care Unit, co-leading a team of breast care nurses. Her previous clinical experience involved multi - speciality surgery including oncological surgery and palliative care in the NHS and the private sector. Whilst working in the private sector, Pam held the position of Clinical Effectiveness Manager which fulfilled her passions for high quality patient care along with professional and practice development. In 2010 she achieved a first class honours BSc degree in Nursing Practice with the RCN & Open University.  Pam's current projects include developing electronic nursing records, digital intelligence and improving services for patients with secondary breast cancer. 

Janyne Afseth

Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University

Janyne Afseth is a lecturer and programme leader in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University.  She started her career in 1991 working in oncology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto Canada.  After relocating to Scotland – her career eventually took her to the Edinburgh Cancer Centre where she first was a breast cancer research nurse, then the lead cancer research nurse for the SE of Scotland and then the Cancer Research Network Manager.  In 2011 she moved to Napier and is currently undertaking a part time PhD looking at unmet need in brain cancer patients. 

Janyne had a long history of working with patients who have volunteered to participate in research and believes that this should be a focus for all health care professionals to improve both the treatment and care. She is part of the evaluation team for the transforming care after treatment initiative in Scotland which is partnership between the Scottish Government, Macmillan Cancer Support, NHS Scotland and local authorities to support a redesign of care following active treatment of cancer.  In addition is currently undertaking research in the area of unmet need and supportive care in Brain cancer. 

Dr Nicola Beech R.N., BSc (Hons), MSc, DClinPrac, Onc cert.

 Nicola Beech is Improvement Manager for Cancer, NHSI South Region.  She has over 25 years’ experience in oncology nursing, education and research, gained in acute and community NHS, voluntary and higher education services.  Nicola’s current role involves supporting acute Trusts to review their cancer services including an emphasis on diagnostic pathways.  Nicola will codesign and provide a programme of improvement support to Trusts. She represents cancer nursing at professional steering groups, including the Royal College of Nursing Breast and Cancer Care Forum Steering Committee, Cancer Research UK Clinical Advisory Group and the Independent National Cancer Advisory Group.

Nikki Morris

Nikki Morris is the CEO of Age UK Camden and a member of the RCN Cancer and Breast Care Forum Committee. She has previously worked for many years as an oncology specialist nurse and is passionate to promote the role of nursing and research in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. She is a qualified executive coach.

Vanessa Taylor

Committee Member

Further details to come


Professional Lead: Ann McMahon

Page last updated - 22/03/2019