Mesothelioma UK has appointed Lorraine Creech as its first Head of Nursing in the UK. Lorraine is currently one of three Team Leaders for the charity’s 26 Clinical Nurse Specialists.
Lorraine, who has worked for Mesothelioma UK for almost six years, will work closely with the charity’s operational team, trustees and nurses to strategically lead and develop the clinical nurse specialist team.
Mesothelioma is a cancer related to exposure to asbestos and predominantly affects the lining of the lungs. The UK has the highest incidence of the disease in the world with around 2,700 people diagnosed each year.
Each of the Mesothelioma UK nurses are based within an NHS hospital and dedicated to providing expert, specialist mesothelioma support, information, treatment and care across the region in which they are based.
Commenting on her new role, Lorraine Creech said: “I am delighted to take on the role of Mesothelioma UK’s Head of Nursing. To be at the helm of the expert clinical nurse specialist service is such a privilege as we endeavour to support mesothelioma patients, their families and the NHS. This is more apparent than ever due to the coronavirus pandemic but also going forward, we would like to establish a Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialist post in every Cancer Alliance in England, and increase our footprint in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialists are our tour de force, of course, ably supported by our dedicated Operational Team.”
Head of Services for Mesothelioma UK, Liz Darlison added: “We feel that this new Head of Nursing post is vital, especially in the current health crisis, and we’re delighted that Lorraine, with all of her experience and passion, has stepped into this post.
“Our nurses are currently supporting NHS colleagues to care for coronavirus patients as well as mesothelioma patients, but once the situation has improved, Lorraine will be preparing a nursing strategy and furthering our vision for mesothelioma nursing.”