This November we welcome Karen Clayton as the incoming Chair of LCNUK Committee.
We'd like to take the opportunity to thank Jackie Fenemore, outgoing Chair, for her dedication and leadership over the years.
Karen said of Jackie:
"I have worked with Jackie on the LCNUK committee for over 6 years spending 3 of those years as her vice chair. Jackie became chair just before lock down in Nov 2019 and had to quickly adapt to new ways of working during a very difficult time not just for nurses but patients and the country as a whole. Jackie has led the committee with quiet determination, her passion to ensure we continued with the work of LCNUK is to be applauded. I will miss her calm approach to any issues and her valuable advice. She leaves the committee after being instrumental in the Caring, Crucial and Complex framework document which has been met with huge acclaim. Thank you Jackie, now enjoy the rest…"
Reflecting on her time in post and looking ahead to the future, Jackie said:
"When I took up the role of Chair of LCNUK in Nov 2019 from Vanessa Beattie, little did any of us know we had a pandemic heading our way.
The pandemic has been a roller coaster from the early months in 2020 when our pathway’s ground to a halt and everyone was advised to stay at home, to 2022 when I feel our patients have been affected adversely ,by the slowing down of the diagnostic phase and subsequent treatment, post pandemic. It is testament to our LCNUK members how amazingly, they have stuck with the task in hand, of making things better for people living with lung cancer, despite very challenging circumstances.
The LCNUK committee have met up regularly throughout, virtually and in person more recently, and is an amazing group of nurses with new members recently joining us.
The committee have been fantastic and I thank each one of them for their commitment to the LCNUK. I would also like to thank our wonderful RHI team for their professionalism and organisation skills in organising our conferences.
I’ll miss being on the committee immensely. However its time for new people to take up the reins, and I have so much faith in Karen Clayton, our new chair to continue to lead LCNUK through such unprecedented times. I have really enjoyed this experience and I am looking forward to seeing you all again in 2023, hopefully in Birmingham in May.
Look out for the conference details and programme. Its going to be unmissable!
Hope you all have a relaxing Christmas break in December."
LCNUK Committee Member, Vicki Anderson, said of Jackie and Karen:
"Jackie has done an incredible job of leading LCNUK through the most unprecedented of times over the last few years. She is approachable, confident and a dedicated leader."
"Karen will be fantastic in her new role as lung cancer chair. She is enthusiastic, experienced and motivated to lead change at a national level."
Following her appointment, Karen shared a message for LCNUK members:
"I am excited and feel extremely lucky to become chair of LCNUK. The organisation has gone from strength to strength and I will ensure it continues on the same trajectory. We have a great passionate committee and I’m sure together we will continue to support Lung CNS in all 4 countries of the UK, which in turn will improve patient care.
See you all in Birmingham at Conference in 2023."