Cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support has appointed Dr Claire Taylor as its new chief nursing officer.
Taylor will jointly lead Macmillan’s Centre of Clinical Expertise alongside Dr Rosie Loftus, Macmillan’s chief medical officer.
Taylor is a trustee and a Macmillan nurse consultant with the complex cancer team at St Mark’s Hospital. She set up the UK’s first network for colorectal cancer nurses more than two decades ago.
In 2020, she received an MBE for her work in the field of colorectal cancer nursing.
The appointment was announced today and coincides with International Nurses Day which celebrates the work of nurses and their contributions to the world.
‘Crucial time’ for cancer workforce
Commenting on her appointment, Taylor said: “It’s an honour to be joining the team at such a crucial time for the workforce supporting people living with cancer.
“Ensuring the views and needs of healthcare professionals are heard at the highest level - whether that’s within our organisation or nationally with partners and governments – is one of my biggest priorities.”
She added: “Having worked as a Macmillan professional for many years, I’m excited to now be joining the Centre of Clinical Expertise and helping to build on Macmillan’s wonderful legacy.”
Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Claire to the role of chief nursing officer at Macmillan. Claire has real ambition to drive change in cancer nursing at a national level, including improving representation in the nursing workforce and equal access to cancer services. Macmillan is dedicated to improving the lives of those living with cancer and Claire’s appointment will no doubt help us make great strides in this endeavour.”