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11 June 2012

Local Nurse Shortlisted for National 'Pioneers of Care' Award

Sue Brand, a Germ Cell Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, has been shortlisted for the prestigious 'Pioneers of Care' Award organised by Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic devices.

Sue was nominated for her pioneering work to improve the care of men with testicular cancer. Sue has been a driving force behind 'It's in the Bag', a charity fund and patient forum which is part of local hospitals' charity Above & Beyond.  'It's in the Bag' promotes awareness of testicular cancer in Bristol and the South West. 

Through awareness drives such as the innovative 'Keep Calm and Check Your Balls' campaign, Sue has highlighted the life-saving importance of detecting cancers early. Her other achievements include streamlining processes such as referral and sperm storage, developing patient support programmes: including support groups and buddy systems, and distributing improved information to patients through the 'It's in the Bag' website and specially designed leaflets.

Sue says, "My passion is for men with testicular cancer in the South West to have all the help and support they need to get through treatment and live long and healthy lives. Together with the support of the Bristol Testicular Cancer Service and 'It's in the Bag' charity fund and patient forum, this award not only recognises my work, but supports introducing new initiatives for the future."

The 'Pioneers of Care' award celebrates and rewards trailblazing nurses who have gone out of their way to work effectively, efficiently and empathetically with their patients and have introduced new techniques to solve problems and help improve lives.

"The passion and dedication Sue has for 'It's in the Bag' is changing and saving the lives of testicular cancer patients," says Jan McMeekin, Country Manager of Welch Allyn UK. "We're delighted to recognise her pioneering work."

Sue is one of ten shortlisted nurses selected from over sixty entries from around the UK. The winner of the Pioneers of Care Award will be awarded a £1,500 bursary and a Pioneers of Care trophy, which will be presented at the Florence Nightingale Museum on the 15th June 2012.