Irene Debiram, clinical research nurse at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS trust is already a winner in our eyes but we were absolutely delighted this week to hear that she has been shortlisted for the Excellence in Cancer Research Nursing RCN Nursing Award category for her work with The Cytosponge.  We have worked closely with Irene on our Mobile Diagnostic Unit project and she features in our recent video about it's importance.

Irene Debiram

The RCN explain that Irene has been pivotal in the rapid implementation of Cytosponge use during the pandemic.  She has designed a ‘train the trainer’ programme including a webinar, hands-on training and competency-based sign-off. She has extended training across the UK, advising staff at national and international sites and providing dedicated support for nurses during their training and while setting up and running new clinics. Colleagues have reported that her passion and calm, authoritative nature has empowered nurses to learn new skills and develop an inspiring nurse-led service.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to show how we can bridge the gap between research and clinical implementation in using the Cytosponge Device Technology. It has provided a pathway to inspire and empower nurses to take on additional skills thus leading to patient benefit and positive outcomes"

We wish Irene and all those shortlisted the very best of luck and thank them for their contributions to improving patient care and experience.  You can read more about them and their work from award sponsor Cancer Research UK