ABS Nursing Trustee
My name is Lis Grimsey and I am delighted to have been elected as the Nursing Representative for ABS. I am the Consultant Nurse in the Breast Unit at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust where I have been in post for over 9 years.
I have been working in breast care for approaching 20 years. From 1992 I worked at the Royal Marsden Hospital as the Sister in the Breast Diagnostic Unit. It was here I learnt to examine breasts and perform fine needle aspirations. In 1994 I took up the position of Specialist Nurse Practitioner at St George's Healthcare NHS Trust where I developed my skills further and ran nurse led clinics. Whilst working at St George's I undertook a Masters in Advanced Clinic Practice in Cancer Nursing at Surrey University. In 2002 I was appointed as one of the first Consultant Nurses in breast care in the UK. I run nurse-led clinics for new and follow up patients as well as running the family history risk assessment clinics. I am also involved at strategic level.
I have spoken at national and international conferences on the role of the nurse practitioner in breast care and have been involved with the RCN in producing documentation regarding the extended role of the nurse. I have also helped guide and develop others in their nurse practitioner roles. I have had several publications in text books and journals.
I am looking forward to being the nurse representative for the ABS and being a strong voice representing both breast care nurses and the ever growing numbers of nurse practitioners.