Not being quite sure what to do with a degree in Moral Philosophy, Lucy went in to nursing in 1988 at Thomas, Guy and Lewisham School of Nursing, where the biggest success story by their cohort was deemed to be the voting out of cardboard caps. After the obligatory year backpacking, Lucy found herself in Edinburgh where she did her MSc in Cancer Nursing. After a few years in Edinburgh she landed a post in 2001 in Oban as the Macmillan Palliative Care Nurse for the District General Hospital. In the 13 years there, the fledgling nurse-led chemotherapy service, initially a small aspect of her job, developed into an established 5 days a week chemotherapy/haematology day unit. While in Oban Lucy completed a PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Independent Prescribing and Clinical Assessment courses.
Oban provided a beautiful, in somewhat wet, backdrop to her love of the outdoors and she spent much time off work on the water or up mountains and was lucky enough to be in the mountain rescue team for 10 years. Then the Lung Cancer Nurse post came up in Inverness and, continuing her general drift northwards, she moved up there in 2013. Since taking up post, Lucy has been on the committee of the Scottish Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses and her post has recently been adopted by Mesothelioma UK.