New Clinical Nurse Specialist appointed to support asbestos-related cancer patients in Hull

Ian Collins has been appointed as Mesothelioma UK’s Clinical Nurse Specialist for Hull and will be based at the Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Ian will provide nursing care and support for mesothelioma (asbestos-related cancer) patients in Hull and Humber catchment areas.

Ian Collins will link with colleagues across the Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance to promote equitable access to mesothelioma specific support and treatment throughout the region.

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. The Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust diagnosed around 30 – 40 new cases of people with mesothelioma each year.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist position is an adopted post by Mesothelioma UK, the national charity. In his new role, Ian will focus on caring for patients with mesothelioma at every part of their treatment journey, helping to make their journey as smooth as possible. He will provide specialist support and advice to patients, families, healthcare professionals, and link in with local patient support groups.

Ian has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Thoracic Surgery at Castle Hill Hospital near Hull for the last 19 years. Prior to this he gained experience specialising in working in medicine, coronary care, medical chest, elderly care and rehabilitation medicine.

Ian qualified as Registered Nurse in 1996, obtained a BSc Honours in Nursing Science in 1996 and also has ENB qualifications in both cancer care and research.

Commenting on his new role, Ian said: “I am pleased to be joining the Mesothelioma UK family having previously been involved at the outset with MNAT (Mesothelioma Nurse Action team) which was a group of nurses working together prior to the advent of Mesothelioma UK Clinical Nurse Specialists. I look forward to working with the organization to provide expert care to mesothelioma patients, their family and carers.”

Lorraine Creech, Head of Nursing for Mesothelioma UK, added: “Ian is a very valuable addition to the Mesothelioma Nursing Service within Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance areas.”