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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.  

Claire Gladstone

Breast Care Nurse and Clinical Academic Doctoral Fellow, Portsmouth NHS Trust

Claire began her nursing career on a surgical assessment unit and has now worked for over 15 years as a Breast Care Nurse specialist at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. The role involves working as part of a team that provides a range of information and support to people with breast cancer. Claire’s current clinical focus is the development of a nurse-led health and wellbeing event which has recently been delivered for the first time to sixty women who have completed primary treatments, with a focus on recovery and survivorship.

In 2013 Claire graduated with a 1st Class Hons Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from London South Bank University.  Her research project looked at the impact of a health and wellbeing event on the illness perceptions and self-esteem of women with a diagnosis of breast cancer.  For her project Claire was awarded the Course Director’s Prize and the British Psychological Society Prize in 2014.

Claire promotes cancer nursing as a member of the RCN cancer and breast care forum steering group.  She also represents the RCN at the Cancer Nursing Partnership (CNP) which aims to support The Recovery Package and improvements in cancer care.  Claire sits as a Justice of the Peace (JP) on the North Hampshire Bench.

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. 

Michelle Samson

Macmillan Lead Acute Oncology Haematology Nurse, North Bristol NHS Trust

Michelle has been working in cancer care since 1995 and became the ward manager of an oncology ward in 2001 at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre.  During this time Michelle gained vast experience in working with people with cancer and their families and completed a BSc (hons) Professional Studies-Cancer Care Pathway.  Michelle then commenced the MSc Advanced Practice which ignited a passion for advance practice and new nursing roles.

Michelle was a Community Matron in South Gloucestershire PCT, managing a locality of nurses as well as being the professional lead for the district nurses. During this role Michelle led on the development of an intravenous antibiotics service in the community delivered by the district nurses deliver in the community. 
In 2007 Michelle became a lung cancer nurse specialist and completed the MSc Advanced practice which included a dissertation interviewing people with lung cancer regarding their support needs.  

In 2013 Michelle took on the role of Macmillan Lead Acute Oncology Haematology nurse at NBT- setting up an acute oncology service. Michelle is now able to use physically assessment skills and is non-medical prescriber- this has improved the care for the cancer patients she meets. She has set up a South West Acute oncology Nurses Forum in partnership with Macmillan and has developed acute oncology study days with the local University.

Michelle is passionate about cancer care and has an interest in inequalities in cancer. 

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.


Professional Lead: Anne McMahon

Page last updated - 04/10/2018