Maria Guerin .
Maria has worked in respiratory medicine at University hospital Aintree, since qualifying in 1989.
She became one on the first Lung Cancer Clinical nurse specialist in the North West in 1997, where along with a colleague in the Manchester area she co-founded the North West lung cancer nurses group, with the aim of support, education and development. 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)
Maria was involved in the inaugural setting up and recruitment to the Roy Castle support group, Liverpool in 1991.
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) and in collaboration with the United Kingdom Lung Cancer Coalition she conducted the first NLCFN parliamentary “fly in” accentuating the importance of specialist nurse support for all patients with Lung cancer.
Since 2010 Maria has represented the UK on the International Thoracic Oncology Nurses Forum, (ITONF) and is the current vice chair , the forum will host their 4th international nurses workshop at the World Lung cancer conference , Yokohama, Japan .