AEDoN Cancer Transformation Team

Catherine Gillespie joined HMC in September 2012 as the AED, Nursing with the cancer transformation team.  She is leading on the implementation of the nursing recommendations contained in the National Cancer Strategy.

Catherine is a trained oncology nurse and has worked in the specialty since 1994 as a ward nurse, a clinical nurse specialist and in a number of managerial and strategic roles.  Since 2005, she has worked with cancer and palliative care clinical nurse specialist teams providing clinical leadership and support for the ongoing development of the specialist nurse role.

Catherine’s clinical expertise and experience has been in the care of patients receiving chemotherapy as well as the care of women with gynaecological malignancy.  Her masters’ level study was in medical law and ethics and as such she has a particular interest in encouraging and supporting patients to make decisions about their care and management and in working towards ensuring fair access to treatment.

Catherine got her registered general nurse training from The Wolfson School of Nursing of Westminster, London UK in 1994. In 2001, she got her BSc at the Cancer Nursing Institute of Cancer Research, University of Manchester. She later earned her Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Ethics from Kings College, University of London in 2004. Continuing her education at Kings Collage, she completed her master’s degree in medical ethics and law in 2008.

Catherine is a firm believer in the potential of nursing and in the value of the clinical nurse specialist role with regard to improving outcomes for patients.