This page will be updated with information about the ABS Nursing Trustee as well as useful articles, webcasts and job vacancy listings for ABS Breast Unit Nurse Members.

ABS Nursing Trustee


Hello, my name is Joanna Rowley.

I am currently the Lead Breast Nurse at the Cambridge Breast Unit, Addenbrooke's NHS Hospital. I work collaboratively with, and support other nursing, medical and managerial colleagues to provide high quality and innovative healthcare to patients with breast disease. 

I put myself forward for the role of 'Nursing Trustee' on the ABS Executive Board because I want to be able to represent nurses at Trustee level and in doing so, ensure that high quality care remains central to our priorities and consideration. I feel priviliged to have been appointed to this position, albeit with some trepidationinterspersed with great enthusiasm. 

Within this role I will be required to sit on the Clinical Practice and Standards Committee, to represent the nursing voice and update on relevant projects within the Association. This is a new and exciting responsibility, and having attended the Strategy Day in November 2016, I am inspired by the proposed goals and challenges that lie ahead. It is encouraging to know that there are over 700 nurse members in the ABS and collaboratively I believe we have a strong voice that can champion the role of the breast care nurse. There have been exciting developments to enhance the ABS website,, which will provide advanced means of communication through social media and I would encourage you all to become involved - please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or feedback

I look forward to meeting you and representing you in the future and if you would like to e-mail me in the meantime you can reach me at

Here you can find links to webcasts from previous ABS Conferences that may be relevant to ABS Nurse Members.


Sexuality & Body Image

Sexuality after breast cancer diagnosis

Miss Cathy McDaid

The choice to live flat without reconstruction: Patients’, Nurses’ and surgical choice

Mr Ash Subramanian



Documentation and legal issues

Ms Lis Grimsey


The Role of Breast Care Nurses and Clinical Nurse Specialists 

The future of QA visits: What nurses need to know

Mrs Margaret Casey

Results of the ABS Nurse Practitioner Survey

Ms Lis Grimsey

The role of the Surgical Nurse Practitioner

Mrs Fiona Rabson 

Promoting our role

Mrs Nicky West 

Working smarter

Mrs Dany Bell

How stressed are we? Results of a survey of BCNs on the south coast

Dr Val Jenkin 

Managing our stress

Mrs Karen Aylward



Management of teenagers with breast disease

Mrs Joanna Rowley



Articles from nurse members of the ABS will appear here in due course. If you are interested in contributing an article, or if you have a suggestion for a topic, please contact Lizzie McLoughlin at

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