Specialist Physiotherapist Cancer Rehabilitation, Kings College NHS Foundation Trust
Shana qualified in 2013 from the University of Southampton and went onto gain experience in a range of London NHS trusts eventually specialising in neurological physiotherapy. Her first area of cancer experience was in neuro-oncology and acute spinal tumour management in Queen Square, UCLH. However a desire to experience different a different healthcare culture and see how different healthcare systems operate led to emigration to New Zealand. The opportunity arose to manage and learn from a diverse and specialist inpatient Haematology, oncology and radio-oncology unit in Wellington Regional Hospital. There she received a scholarship for post graduate training from PINC and STEEL International through their cancer rehabilitation programmes.
She presented and was awarded best quality improvement project alongside nursing colleagues for tacking inpatient deconditioning at the New Zealand Health Quality & Safety Commission Symposium. Her first prehabilitation project was presented at the 2019 Nationwide Cancer Care at a Crossroads conference detailing design of an economic evaluation of allogenic stem cell transplant (alloSCT) physiotherapy pre-assessment and rehabilitation service.
Kings College NHS Trust offered the opportunity for a 1 year fixed term post to establish a colorectal prehabilitation pilot service and substantiate a brand new Cancer Allied Health outpatient’s service alongside dietetics. This service was established through the challenging covid-19 pandemic period. It has been successfully funded and expanded to look at prehabilitation in other tumour groups. Shana is currently the Research officer Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Oncology and Palliative Care. She is passionate about prehabilitation, health economics and developing MDT perioperative medicine services. Kings Cancer Rehab team currently works towards the universal goal of exercise oncology being part of the standard of care for all cancer patients.