The work carried out by Sandra Campbell, our local Macmillan Nurse Consultant for Cancer and Palliative Care, has been singled out for praise by an accredited learning representative from the Royal College of Nursing.
Andrew Tumilson from Northern Ireland shadowed Sandra through an RCN sponsorship scheme and wrote:
“I cannot emphasise enough the exceptional care, compassion, knowledge and leadership that Sandra brings to your organisation, the nursing profession and indeed your patient population. Sandra is an asset to the nursing profession, your country, region, and is an outstanding practitioner within this sensitive and specific field of nursing.”
Mr Tumilson, himself a senior nurse, also said he had been particularly impressed by NHS Forth Valley policies in relation to anticipatory prescribing at end of life care, including the ‘just in case boxes’. In a letter to Director of Nursing Professor Angela Wallace, he added that she should be exceptionally proud of Sandra and the various teams he worked alongside. He also said local staff were friendly, polite compassionate and very welcoming and described his time with NHS Forth Valley as a fantastic learning opportunity.