Macmillan Nurse Dr Claire Taylor has been awarded an MBE for her work in the field of colorectal cancer nursing.
Claire, who works at St Mark’s Hospital, was presented wiith the award by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace this week
Claire said: “I had a good conversation with the Prince. It was a very humbling experience. I accepted it on behalf of all colorectal cancer nurses.
Claire has been a Macmillan professional for 24 years, and has dedicated her career to developing colorectal cancer nursing.
She added: “I’m so passionate about my role. When I started everyone was embarrassed to talk about bowel cancer - we’ve come such a long way.
"What’s great about my job now is I can teach and help shape research, and both of these activities will help further to develop the speciality of colorectal cancer nursing.
“Receiving a cancer diagnosis can turn your life upside down, and the effects can be physical, financial and emotional.
"My role is to ensure patients receive appropriate support and services, gain access to the right information and have a holistic package of care after treatment”.
Describing the moment she found out last year she was due to receive the accolade after receiving a letter from Prince Charles, Claire says: “My heart started beating very fast when they told me – I’m so overwhelmed and humbled. So many people around in public health who do amazing work, I’m hugely grateful.”