Reporter 402, 19 May 1997

Cancer nurse wins top award

University of Leeds lecturer and cancer care nurse Pauline Dodsworth has been named Marie Curie/ Guinness Plc Nurse of the Year for England. Marie Curie Cancer Care is the UK's largest cancer care charity and Pauline was selected from over 4,000 Marie Curie nurses.

A lecturer in primary health care at the School of Healthcare Studies, Pauline has been a Marie Curie nurse for 13 years and works two nights a week caring for people seriously ill with cancer in their own homes free of charge. Marie Curie nurses are funded half by charity and half by the NHS. As Pauline does, most of these specialist nurses work during the night. She is also studying for a Master's in healthcare ethics. Pauline said she is particularly keen to dispel some of the myths about cancer.

She collected her award from Gaby Roslin at the Marie Curie Cancer Care Centre in London and will promote the work of the charity at a variety of events in the coming year.

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