CLATTERBRIDGE Cancer Centre's community team has won a prestigious Nursing Times award.

They picked up a 'Nursing in the Community Award' in recognition of a service delivering chemotherapy treatment to patients in their workplace.

The chemotherapy community service was first introduced in 2015 to provide chemotherapy treatment to patients at home.

Since 2018, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre has worked with patients' employers to create a safe environment for patients to receive their treatment at work.

It is the first Trust in the UK to deliver chemotherapy at work, giving patients choice as to where they can be treated whilst bringing a sense of normality to patients who choose, and are able, to return to work after cancer treatment.

Chemotherapy at Work has been delivered in businesses including offices, packing warehouses, libraries and cafes.

Sheila Lloyd, director of nursing and quality at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, said: "We're immensely proud of the nursing service we offer to our patients.

"I'm delighted the Clatterbridge in the Community Team have been recognised at this level for this innovative, nurse-led service.

"We are always working with partners across the region to offer the best cancer services to our patients.

"This is just one great example of how collaboration, in this case with our patients’ employers, can benefit those going through cancer treatment.

"Patients have told us that this nurse led service has been one of the best they have seen.

"It has made a big difference to their lives because they can have their treatment in the workplace and not have to leave to go to hospital appointments and return to work later.

"It is a great example of putting patients first."

The Immunotherapy Team at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre were also named finalists in the 'cancer nursing' category for their specialist team of nurses who support patients experiencing side effects as a result of immunotherapy treatment.