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

Photo of Sue HolcombeIt is now 13 years since I was involved in the ABS at BASO Nursing Conference in Liverpool in 2005. Many things have changed over this time but as nurses working in breast cancer we are still committed to improving and developing our roles for the benefit of the patients we look after.

As the Nursing Trustee for the ABS I want to invite you to help make new opportunities for shared working and role development with ABS.

The website will hopefully be a place where we can offer signposting to courses, communication with colleagues, who may be able to share expert practice, encouragement and enthusiasm for Breast Care Nursing and all of its wider context of advanced practice and research.

Suggestions on how we might be able to improve the website will be welcomed and considered.  Please send them to Lucy Davies at 

This is your opportunity to ask for areas of education and supportive practice to be shared with our main aim being to improve our patients’ journeys as their advocate.

Sue Holcombe
Nursing Trustee

Welcome letter

To read a welcome letter from Sue Holcombe to the ABS nurse members please click here




The ABS is keen to build up a group of Nurse Members to support the Nursing Trustee in ensuring the ABS is giving its Nurse Members the support they need in education, practice, professional development and research.  

The ABS has created a Breast Nurse Advisory Board to improve the support offered to its Nurse Members by the ABS, by looking at what support is required, developing the website and newsletters for nurse members and assisting in social media postings relevant to the Nurse Members, supporting local meetings and inputting to the programme of the ABS Conference.

The ABS Committees (Academic & Research, Clinical Practice & Standards and Education and Training) all have nurse representation on them.

The ABS is currently seeking calls for expressions of interest for membership of the Breast Nurse Advisory Board and representatives on the Education and Training Committee and Academic & Research Committee.

For more information about these roles and how to apply please click here 

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



A paper is available on Nursing Research to assist ABS nurse members who are interested in research and want further information about how to get started, what support is available, writing an abstract and presenting at meetings.  The paper can be downloaded here

Further 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

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