Farewell to Clinical Nurse Specialist, Anne Moylan

Mesothelioma UK is bidding a fond farewell to one of our stalwart Clinical Nurse Specialists, Anne Moylan, at the end of May.

Anne will be leaving her nursing role in Portsmouth to start a new post at the national Targeted Lung Health Check Screening Programme. Here, she will be responsible for triaging patients to scan smokers between the ages of 55-74 for early-stage lung cancer and treatment. Anne will be based at sites in Fareham and Portsmouth.

Anne has been a lung cancer nurse for 20 years and a Mesothelioma UK Clinical Nurse Specialist for the last 10 years.

A career in nursing

“I’m not sure where the idea came from, but I always knew from a young age I wanted to be a nurse, caring and looking after people,” said Anne.

She began her training in Portsmouth in 1981. In 1999, she joined the Respiratory Outpatients department as a staff nurse in clinic before being appointed as Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist in 2004.

Portsmouth and the surrounding area have a high incidence of mesothelioma and Anne began to specialise in the disease. She was appointed as a part-time Clinical Nurse Specialist for mesothelioma in January 2014.

With increased funding, the full-time team leader role became available, and Anne successfully applied. She was responsible for Mesothelioma UK nurses across the south of the country, covering London, Wales, Cambridge, Oxford, and Plymouth.

Anne’s role is funded by Mesothelioma UK and also by a local asbestos charity, HASAG Asbestos Disease Support.

Managing Armed Forces project

During her time with Mesothelioma UK, Anne ran the charity’s specialist, UK-wide service for Armed Forces personnel and veterans, called ‘Mesothelioma UK – Supporting our Armed Forces’.

In 2016, Mesothelioma UK applied for funding through a grant to support a specialist service for armed forces personnel and veterans who have been affected by mesothelioma. The funding supported a three-year project, aimed at raising awareness of the disease and establishing a shared approach to providing information and support for Armed Forces personnel and veterans.

Anne commented: “As well as being based in Portsmouth, with its Naval heritage, my Dad, husband, and son all served or are serving in the Navy, so I’ve lived my whole life as a Navy daughter, wife, and mum. Therefore, the Armed Forces project was quite personal for me.

“The awareness that we raised through the Armed Forces project, the awards that we won, the patients that we supported and memorial that we launched at the National Memorial Arboretum were all huge achievements and we are so proud of this work.”

Reflections on Mesothelioma UK role

Reflecting on her time at Mesothelioma UK, Anne continued: “There are so many great memories relating to the many amazing colleagues, patients, and families I have met over many years. People facing a difficult diagnosis and treatment are often so strong and inspirational. It is always a privilege to be part of that.

“In terms of the charity, I’ve never worked with such an inspirational, supportive, and enthusiastic team. The nurses are all amazing and it’s been a privilege to know them all.

“I’d like to give a special mention to Liz (Darlison), Lorraine (Creech) and Leah (Taylor) for their support. They are amazing leaders, so inspirational and with professionalism second to none.

“I’ll miss all the nurses and operations team at Mesothelioma UK, as well as the associated supporters, funders, and support groups, but particularly my patients, and their families and friends. I wish them all the best and will be thinking of you all!”

Wishing you all the best, Anne!

Liz Darlison, Chief Executive of Mesothelioma UK added: “Anne joined the nursing team when there were just two or three of us. She has been driving the nurse contribution for over a decade and not having her here on a day-to-day basis is going to be strange and very hard. That said, loved by us all, we of course wish her well in this new venture.”

Lynne Squibb, Chief Executive of HASAG Asbestos Disease Support, said: “Thank you so much Anne for all the amazing work you’ve done for our patients and for all the support you’ve given us over the years. We wish you all the best for the future.”

Everybody at Mesothelioma UK wishes Anne all the best for the future and thanks her for an amazing contribution to the charity, its supporters, and patients.

May 21, 2024

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