Christie appoints First Chair for Cancer Nursing and Allied Health Professionals

Press Release Posted 29 June 2015

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, an international leader in cancer treatment and research, has appointed Janelle Yorke as its first chair for Cancer Nursing and Allied Health professionals (AHP).

This exciting joint venture between The Christie School of Oncology and The University of Manchester will support the development and growth of academic nursing and AHP research at the Trust, enabling nurses, advanced nurse practitioners and managers to create research opportunities aimed at enhancing patient care and experience.

Janelle is the current Chair of the British Thoracic Society Nurse Advisory Group. She is also Editor of Respiratory Nursing Today and is an editorial board member for Community Nursing, Pulmonary Research and Respiratory Medicine-online, and the world-leading journal Thorax. Janelle's current work focuses on the non-pharmacological management of breathlessness, cough and fatigue in lung cancer and the symptom experience of patients with chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (damage to or disease affecting nerves).

Janelle joined The University of Manchester's, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work through Project Diamond as Senior Lecturer in 2012 and is Deputy Lead of the School's Cancer Supportive and Palliative Care Research Group. Following her nurse training, Janelle gained post graduate qualifications in cardiothoracic nursing and Masters of Research in Australia before relocating to the UK in 2004. She was awarded her PhD in Nursing from the University of Salford in 2009.

Prior to her move to the UK, Janelle held a number of prestigious clinical roles including Nurse Consultant and Nurse Educator for heart and lung transplantation between 1996 and 2004. Between 2004 and 2012 Janelle was a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the Royal Brompton Hospital/Imperial College London and University of Salford, School of Nursing and Midwifery where she led the Long Term Conditions Research Group.

Janelle's main research focus is symptom experience with a particular emphasis on the development and validation of outcome measures, as well as the development and evaluation of complex interventions for symptom control.

Janelle said: "I'm delighted to be joining The Christie, which is internationally renowned for excellence in cancer care and research. I'm looking forward to bringing my research expertise to the Trust and working with nursing and allied health professionals to further develop clinical research that will ultimately lead to improved patient outcomes."

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