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Meet the Team

Susanne Cruickshank

Forum Chair
Reader in Cancer Nursing, Edinburgh Napier University

Susanne Cruickshank is a Reader in Cancer Nursing at the University of Stirling, Scotland and Chair of RCN Cancer and Breast Care Forum.  With over 25 years’ experience working in oncology and haematology, she started her clinical career caring for people undergoing surgery for head and neck cancer then moved into haematology and transplantation, breast cancer surgery and chemotherapy services before joining the University.  

She is passionate about education and the opportunities it affords to promote the synergy between research, practice and policy.  She is an active researcher and focuses on interdisciplinary, clinically applied research that seeks to improve the lives of people affected with cancer and their families, and inform health policy.  She gained her doctorate in 2014 from Edinburgh Napier University, using a randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of a nursing intervention in breast cancer and her current portfolio includes Cochrane systematic reviews, qualitative studies exploring the experiences of people using different healthcare settings, cancer prevention work and pre-trial feasibility studies looking at fear of recurrence among cancer survivors.     

Sue is an honorary researcher  in NHS Borders; a member of Breast CancerNOW’s  Advisory Panel in Scotland; the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Cares’ Corporate and Philanthropic Committee and Myeloma UK’s International Research Peer Review Panel.  She publishes and presents widely and reviews for a number of journals and conference scientific committees.  She was elected Chair of the RCN Cancer and Breast Care Forum in 2016 and has recently accepted an invitation to join the editorial Board for the RCNi Cancer Nursing Practice Journal.  

Pamela Hoyles

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. 

Nicola Beech

Committee Member

Nikki Morris

Deputy CEO and Director of Operations, Big C Cancer Charity

Nikki is the Deputy CEO and Director of Operations for Big C Cancer Charity, Norfolk. Nikki has over 25 years’ experience in oncology nursing, education and research gained in acute NHS and education services as well as more recently the voluntary sector. Nikki has in the past specialised in women’s and children’s health and wellbeing. Nikki is passionate about addressing the psychological and social impact of a cancer diagnosis. This includes extending our knowledge through research and ensuring that new understanding is followed through to change practice.

She has a particular interest in the provision of services for minority groups – making sure there is equity and ease of access to services as well as the prevention of people falling through service provision gaps. She has worked on research, services and resources for children, teenagers and their significant adult when they or their parent is diagnosed with cancer. This has included working with schools and community leaders as well as clinical teams, research partners and the third sector in order to support families in the most effective way possible. Nikki is currently working on projects to ensure the provision of best care for those who are at risk of losing fertility and/or sexual function as a result of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. She has previously been a member of the National Cancer Advisory Group and the Breast Cancer Working Group.

Philippa Dooher

Breast Care Nurse, The London Clinic

Philippa qualified as a RGN in 1984 and continued to work in the NHS, qualifying as a District Nurse in 1988 with a special interest in patients with a cancer diagnosis. Since 1997 Philippa has fulfilled roles as a specialist Cancer Nurse; Breast Care acute and community, Lead Cancer Nurse, Lead Breast Care Nurse, Advanced Breast Practitioner, NHS Breast Screening Quality Assurance Breast Care Nursing Lead and Nursing Lead for London Cancer Breast Tumour Board. Since 2013 she has been employed as a Breast Care Specialist Nurse in the private sector in a London Hospital and since 2016 Lead Cancer Nurse.

The components of the clinical role which she especially enjoys is being part of the team to help prepare and assess women seeking risk reducing surgery and the assessment and management of women who develop lymphoedema.  The components of the Lead Cancer Nurse role is fulfilling by providing leadership and support to Clinical Nurse Specialists to help them develop in their careers and develop their service to improve the experience for the patient.

Vanessa Taylor

Committee Member


Professional Lead: Anne McMahon

Page last updated - 09/11/2018