Skin Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists
Sister Jo Hoyle – Skin Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
I qualified as a Staff Nurse from Staffordshire University in 2008 and joined the trust as part of the Dermatology Team in 2009. As a Dermatology Nurse, I looked after patients with inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, providing advice on a variety of treatments. In 2016, I became a Dermatology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and began seeing patients in complex Biologic Clinics.
In 2018 I became part of the Macmillan Nursing team and took on the role as Skin Cancer CNS. I see patients with suspected skin cancer where I assess lesions, give advice regarding sun protection and general skin care. I am also part of the local Skin Cancer Multi-disciplinary Team. As a skin cancer CNS, I provide support for patients diagnosed with skin cancer and am there as a point of contact throughout their journey. I am passionate about all things skin and committed to providing holistic, patient centred care.
Sister Esther Bode-Smith – Skin Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
I am Sister Esther Bode-Smith, and I am a Macmillan Support CNS in skin cancers. I have been in dermatology since 2013 where I began as a general dermatology nurse, then in 2017 transferred into skin cancer. I see patients who have been diagnosed with a skin cancer. I support patients through their cancer process which includes the diagnosis, planning of care, discussing their case at our skin multi-disciplinary meetings, and offering them emotional support and social support. I work with Sister Joanna Hoyle skin cancer CNS. We are your contact for any skin cancer related problem. We communicate regularly with Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital for those patients whose cancer require more specialised advice or treatment.
Sister Helen Childs – Dermatology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Clinic Manager
Hello, my name is Helen and I have been nursing for over 20 years. My nursing career has covered acute medicine, oncology, and community nursing and in 2017, I joined the Dermatology team. Presently, I run the nurse led paediatric eczema clinics, biologics and systemic clinics for patients suffering with conditions such as psoriasis, I also cover our acne and Isotretinoin clinics and our minor ops service too.
My job predominantly is to educate people about their skin conditions and enable them to be proactive about how to treat their condition.
The burden of skin conditions is massive and affects all patients (and their family/partners) differently from dictating what clothes they wear to avoiding activities like swimming, affecting the quality of their sleep to educational and work life potential.
By delivering effective education, enabling the patients to take control of their disease and improve their lifestyle choices to some extent is thoroughly rewarding. I love my job when patients feedback that the condition has improved or that they don’t consider themselves to have skin condition anymore that tells me that we have done our job. The skin after all is our largest organ, we should take care of it.
Every day is a school day in Nursing, and I love playing a part in improving my patient’s quality of life.
Tracy Rowson – Dermatology Nurse
Hello, my name is Tracy.
I have worked for SaTH since 1982 when I started on the old YTS scheme, then becoming auxiliary nurse before qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in August 1982. I have spent the majority of post registration career working in Gynaecology, covering many different aspects of this speciality including Ward and Unit Manager, early Pregnancy Nurse Specialist and Post-Menopausal Triage Nurse.
I started working in Dermatology in October 2020. I had many transferable skills going into a new speciality but also a steep learning curve especially in Dermatology terminology.
Since starting in Dermatology my main roles are supporting the general clinics, I also work in our Minor Operative room where we undertake surgical procedures to either treat or diagnose various skin conditions including cancer.
I completed the Phototherapy in Cardiff course to be able to deliver regular sessions within our department. This is something I enjoy as the patients attend for a few weeks and you get to know them well and see the positive effects that Phototherapy can have on many different types of skin conditions.
I also work regularly in the Isotretinoin clinics we undertake for the treatment of Acne.
Many of the skin conditions we treat are a lifetime illness and can affect both the physical and psychological wellbeing of our patients and it is extremely satisfying as a health professional to be able to support patients through the treatments.
On one of the feedback forms for one of my patients completing treatment for acne said the following:
“The effective treatment over the last seven months has given me the confidence I have lacked for so many years and I feel the Dermatology team want you to become the best version of yourself you can.”
This type of feedback and response to treatment inspires me continue to improve and do what I do each day.
Andrea Hughes – Dermatology Nurse
Hello, my name is Andrea. I trained in Shropshire at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt hospital Oswestry. I started my nursing career in theatres as a scrub nurse where I worked for 14 years. After this, I worked in the private sector at the Nuffield hospital in Shrewsbury before returning to the NHS in 2020.
I started working in Dermatology in September 2020, and I have enjoyed my position as a Dermatology Staff Nurse ever since. I successfully finished a phototherapy course during that period, allowing me to run my own clinic and provide ultraviolet light therapies (PUVA and narrow-band UVB) for skin conditions including psoriasis. Additionally, I enjoy running a Paediatric Eczema Education Clinic once a week at both RSH and PRH. Every week I also participate in an isotretinoin clinic and occasionally help our doctors out with minor surgeries.
Sam Noakes – Dermatology Nurse
Hello, my name is Sam and I qualified as a registered nurse at University of Chester in 2018. I began my career working on surgical wards but then started working with dialysis patients in 2020. I really enjoy continuity of care and building therapeutic relationships with my patients. My background in renal helped me understand how a skin condition can really debilitate someone’s mental and physical health. Your skin being your largest organ, there is so much variety which I’ve always found fascinating. My interest continued to grow so I decided to specialise in Dermatology. I primarily assist in minor procedures, but you may also see me in Phototherapy and Paediatric eczema clinics.