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Ian Ingledew named oncology nurse of the year


Our Consultant Nurse Ian Ingledew was awarded Oncology Nurse of the Year at the British Journal of Nursing (BJN) awards last week. 

Ian is delighted to have won this prestigious award and beat off stiff competition from wonderful nurses at other Trusts. His nomination acknowledged his role in several innovations in our Cancer Services over the last 25 years, including the mobile chemotherapy units, chemotherapy helpline and sperm banking for men receiving chemotherapy treatment. He is constantly striving to further improve services for our patients and to delivering the very best care.

Ian Ingledew said: “This award reflects nearly 28 years of working in oncology. I would like to thank those that nominated me; I felt extremely honoured to have even been shortlisted.

“My role in the last 25 years has been to pick up on the ideas of others about how to improve the service and make it happen with an enormous amount of help from all of the people I work with. I am proud to have worked in an organisation that has supported innovation and new ways of working to improve the experience of patients receiving cancer treatment. I am also privileged to work with patients and their families who inspire me to try and do my best every day.”

The popularity of the choice and the respect Ian commands has been revealed on our Facebook pages last week, where the post about Ian’s achievement reached more than 21,000 people, attracting 549 likes and more than 40 shares.

One patient left the following comment on the post: “Very well deserved. Ian sees my Mum as part of her ongoing cancer treatment in Cheltenham - she loves him as he always smiles at her, even when he's giving us bad news. Thank you for being so nice…”

A showcase of nursing excellence, the BJN Awards recognise and celebrate the individuals going above and beyond in delivering their care. At a time when so many people's lives are touched by cancer, this award recognises inspirational nurses who care for and treat patients with cancer and who have made a demonstrable improvement to the delivery of cancer patient care.

Chief Executive Deborah Lee said: “Ian thoroughly deserves this award and I congratulate him for this achievement; he is an inspiration to both patients and colleagues alike.

“We have many staff working on our wards, in our departments and behind the scenes delivering the best standards of care every day and it’s incredibly important that we recognise and celebrate successes such as the one for which Ian has been recognised.

“I am very proud of Ian’s accolade and of his achievements over the years, where he has kept an unrelenting focus on improving patient care for those who sadly find themselves facing a diagnosis of cancer.”


For more information please contact:  Kate Jeal, Communications 0300 422 3563