Dedicated oncology nurse at DCH shortlised for national award

Dedicated oncology nurse at DCH shortlised for national award

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:23am 18th February 2020.

A Dorset County Hospital nurse has been shortlisted as a finalist in the British Journal of Nursing (BJN) Awards.

Gynae-Oncology Clinical nurse specialist Hilary Maxwell is up for the Oncology Nurse of the Year award.

With a nursing career spanning 13 years, Hilary is passionate about improving the lives of women with gynaecological cancers. 

In 2015, she co-founded GO Girls to ensure all women and their families receive support at every step of their journey. 

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GO Girls, a national cancer charity based in Upwey, focuses on providing support to those with gynaecological cancers in the form of raising awareness, providing online support and improving treatments.

Hilary said:

"With frequent hard-hitting treatments and unpredictable futures, the psychological impact on these women and their caregivers is understandably substantial, and that's where GO Girls comes in.

"There is such a huge need for the additional support GO Girls can provide to these women. 

"I am proud of the difference we are making to women and the future of these women."


Hilary's personal experience of losing a partner to cancer has only driven her passion for her job further and is what Hilary believes has made her more 'patient-centric'. 

She said:

"It is vital we continue to raise awareness of the key symptoms of gynaecological cancers to encourage women to be more body aware and to act early with any changes."

A colleague of Maxwell's, Andrew Mukherjee, also gave a glowing endorsement of the caring nature of Hilary Maxwell. 

He said: 

"Hilary goes above and beyond for our patients and always has the patients' wellbeing at heart.

"Hilary is a dedicated and hardworking individual and is always thinking from the patient's point of view. She is the glue that binds the service together and we would be lost without her."

The awards ceremony will be taking place on Friday 20 March at Shakespeare's Underglobe in London.