Julia McAdam has worked as a Macmillan Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist in Shropshire for sixteen years. Prior to that she worked in Haematology, Oncology and as a Ward sister at her local hospice. More recently Julia undertook the role of Lead Cancer Nurse for the Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust. This led to numerous leadership opportunities within the Trust, and in particular the relationship that was established during 2015 with St. George's Hospital in London, as part of the NHS IQ Buddy programme.
Julia is an active member of the West Midlands Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses, stepping down from the Chair in June 2018. The West Midlands forum promotes research and innovation and encourages peer support for approximately 40 Clinical Nurse Specialists across the region.More recently the group has extended the membership to a Lung Cancer Specialist Radiographer and a Lung Cancer Research Nurse Specialist. This has allowed to look at the different roles and work more collaboratively with our tertiary centres.
In 2017 the WMLCFN launched a regional mesothelioma support group which has grown in number and provides specialist advice and support to their patients. The group is supported by Mesothelioma UK.
In 2016, Julia and her colleagues launched the Lung Support Programme at their hospital. The aim of the programme is to support Lung Cancer patients with the holistic elements of their care needs, as well introducing a physical activity facilitator to help promote their recovery from treatment. This innovation came after colleagues had learned of a similar project at the NLCFN conference in Windsor.
Julia was awarded an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from Keele University in 2007 and in 2018 completed the Non Medical Prescribing module (Wolverhampton University) in order to improve the current nurse led services offered to patients.