International women's day!
The 8th of March has celebrated the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women since 1911. It also promotes gender equality and values such as justice, dignity, hope, collaboration, tenacity, appreciation and respect. To celebrate women on this day and show our appreciation we have gathered a few examples of how women help shape The Beatson every single day through their work:
Aileen Duffton – lead research and development radiographer
Aileen has been working at The Beatson since 2008 and currently holds a key position on the Radiotherapy Research Group. She is involved in different projects involving the application of functional imaging, adaptive planning and treatment verification across different tumour sites. Aileen is excited to continue her work and be a part of the team that makes The Beatson an internationally renowned research institution.
Nicola Thompson – advanced clinical nurse specialist
Working at The Beatson for 19 years, Nicola’s responsibilities include supporting patients at three germ cell clinics and two renal clinics every week. She also gives advice to patients and their families and answers enquiries from healthcare professionals on a regular basis. Nicola says that the best thing about her job is the fact that she can empower patients and make a real difference in their journey.
Laura Ross – podiatrist and complementary therapist
Laura’s role includes providing podiatry, reflexology and reiki to patients and their families. She always aims to create a relaxing and positive environment, even in the busy wards. These treatments help with relaxation, sleep quality and moods, and also help stimulate nerve function, increase energy and boost circulation. Laura says that the best part of her job is being able to provide comfort to patients through a challenging time.
Sheila Young – café volunteer
Sheila started volunteering for Beatson Cancer Charity two years ago and after a few roles she now works at the Beatson Café. Her duties include setting up, preparing coffees and teas, and taking orders. Sheila decided to volunteer with The Beatson after her husband, Billy, received treatment there. She says she really enjoys working with the other volunteers and supporting the patients with good food and a smile.
Karen Moore – consultant radiographer
Karen has been a Consultant Radiographer at The Beatson since 2012 and in that time she has had an incredible impact on the treatment of lung cancer patients. Thanks to her expertise, waiting times for radiography treatment have been massively reduced, which leads to a better prognosis long-term.
Karen says she is really proud of the novelty service that is offered at The Beatson thanks to her expertise and is looking forward to helping even more patients in the future.
We would like to say thank you to all the ladies making a difference at The Beatson and Happy #InternationalWomensDay !