Charlotte Buckle has been appointed as a Mesothelioma UK Clinical Nurse Specialist and will be based at the Churchill Hospital, part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Charlotte will provide nursing care and support for mesothelioma (asbestos-related cancer) patients across the Thames Valley region.
Charlotte will link with colleagues across the region 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. Around 30 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s region.
In her new role, Charlotte will focus on caring for patients with mesothelioma at every part of their treatment journey, helping to make their journey as smooth as possible. She will provide specialist support and advice to patients, families, healthcare professionals, and link in with local patient support groups.
Charlotte qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2000 and has been working in cancer care for 20 years – on wards, in chemotherapy units, and within research teams – both at Oxford and at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
10 years ago, Charlotte became a Lung Cancer Specialist Nurse and spent time working alongside a dedicated mesothelioma specialist nurse. Seeing the positive impact the nurse made inspired Charlotte to apply for the role with Mesothelioma UK.
Commenting on her new role, Charlotte said: “Having seen the positive impact a mesothelioma specialist nurse made to mesothelioma patients and their families, this is a wonderful opportunity for me to take on that role, and I feel really excited to do so.”
Lorraine Creech, Head of Nursing for Mesothelioma UK, added: “Mesothelioma UK welcomes Charlotte to our growing team of 34 clinical nurse specialists and I’m sure she will be an invaluable source of information and support to patients and families affected by mesothelioma, and also to her healthcare colleagues at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.”