Jac Samuel, Cancer Research UK senior research nurse
Jac heads a team of ten cancer research nurses within the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre and Cancer Research UK Centre, working with Southampton’s cancer scientists and doctors to give cancer patients access to new treatments through clinical trials.
Delivering trials and supporting cancer research
Winner of the 2012 Cancer Research UK Flame of Hope award for research engagement in recognition of her outreach efforts, Jac fulfils several roles:
- financial administration of clinical trials
- management of an extended team of research nurses and clinical trials practitioners
- leading a patient and public involvement group that focus on cancer research
- supporting fundraising, and promoting a variety of Cancer Research UK cancer-prevention and early diagnosis campaigns for hard-to-reach groups and secondary education audiences.
Developing cancer care at Southampton
Jac moved to her current Cancer Research UK role in 2007, having moved to cancer care at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in 2002 as project manager for the building and implementation of services of a Macmillan Centre at Southampton General Hospital.
This involved considerable consumer consultation to ensure needs were accurately identified and strategies developed to ensure those needs were met. After developing the Macmillan Centre to an operational level, she went on to act as centre manager for two years.
Jac’s Master’s degree was based on the support and information needs of cancer patients and she was instrumental in delivering several support groups for cancer patients and carers, including the learning to live with cancer information and support programme. She developed considerable links within cancer care and also the Central South Coast Cancer Network through active participation in the patient and public involvement group.