Julia McAdam has worked as a Macmillan Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist in Shropshire for fifteen years. Prior to that sheworked in Haematology, Oncology and as a Ward sister at her local hospice. In 2014 Julia was given the opportunity to cover 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 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 has just completed the Non Medical Prescribing module (Wolverhampton University) in order to improve the current nurse led services offered to patients.