Maria has worked in respiratory medicine at University hospital Aintree, UK since qualifying in 1989.
She became one on the first Lung Cancer Clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in the North West in 1997.
Along with a colleague in the Manchester area, Maria co-founded the North West lung cancer nurses group, with the aim of support, education and development in 1997. This was thought to be the first such group in the UK of its kind at the time and subsequently led to the formation of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses (NLCFN)in 1998. Maria was involved in the inaugural setting up and recruitment to the Roy Castle support group, Liverpool in 1991/2000.
Maria was NLCFN committee member for 9 years and completed her term of office as chair of 3 years in 2008.
During her time as chairperson she was a keen advocate of true Multidisciplinary team (MDT) working, including highlighting the importance and protecting the role of the Lung CNS .In collaboration with the United Kingdom Lung Cancer Coalition(UKLCC)conducted the NLCFN first parliamentary “fly in” accentuating the importance of specialist nurse support for all patients with Lung cancer.
Maria has been involved in many of the NLCFN projects highlighting CNS influence in improving patient and carer experience across the whole cancer pathway.
Maria is a member of the NLCFN Research Interest Group (RIG) and has contributed to many of the research projects over the past decade. Maria has published papers on various clinical topics including developmental roles in cancer services and management of patients receiving oral therapies
Maria has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally on nursing topics such as management of toxicity/Holistic needs Assessment /Patient reported outcomes and cancer survivorship initiatives.
Maria continues to represent lung cancer nurses on various committees/advisory bodies both locally and nationally. Since 2010 Maria has represented the UK on the International Thoracic Oncology Nurses Forum, (ITONF) and is the current chair.
Maria was an inaugural member of the MNAT (Mesothelioma Nurse Action Team) representing the network and has been MesotheliomaUK Clinical nurse specialist since January 2018.