Meet Sally Spencer, Leukaemia Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Sally Spencer, Leukaemia Advanced Nurse Practitioner What is your name and what do you do?

My name is Sally Spencer and I am a Leukaemia Advanced Nurse Practitioner

How would you describe a typical day/ shift?

My typical day involves reviewing patients with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in oncology clinic to ensure they are fit for treatment and supporting them and their families through their very long treatment (2-3 years). I am also the Trust lead for non-medical prescribing and a vaccinator so I will soon be busy helping with the flu campaign.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

When patients are first diagnosed it is a huge shock for the patient and family. Because treatment is so long but I love being able to help families come to terms with the diagnosis and for the leukaemia and its treatment to become part of a new 'normal'. 

What’s your favourite thing about working at BCH?

My favourite thing about working at BCH is being part of a great team and delivering excellent care.

What achievement are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the Nurse-led clinic that I set up in 2015 which gives children on maintenance treatment a much more streamlined and efficient service when they attend for treatment once a month

Not a lot of people know this but……

I am also a member of the Singing Medicine team, working with them as a vocal tutor and as the Nursing advisor for the project