Dr. Catherine Oakley
Chemotherapy Nurse Consultant, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London
Dr Catherine Oakley has worked in cancer care for over 20 years as a clinical nurse specialist, lead cancer nurse and in general management. She has developed strategies for cancer patient involvement and health promotion.
Her main area of interest is Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT), in particular, home support, symptom reporting and oral SACT (the topic of her research for her Masters degree). After developing a generic patient oral SACT diary, Catherine and her colleague Jo Johnson were awarded the 2008 European Oncology Nursing Society prize for excellence in patient education materials and the 2009 Nursing Standard award for best practice in medication administration. Catherine has been an investigator and provided advice on national projects, including a review of cancer inpatient admissions, the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death within 30 days of systemic anticancer therapy, the Rapid Response Report on risks of incorrect dosing of oral anti-cancer medicines (2008) and the NICE Neutropenic Sepsis Guidelines (2012). She was more recently a member of the Cancer Taskforce that developed the National Cancer Strategy. Catherine’s NIHR funded PhD conducted through Kings College London University, explored why patients’ delay presenting with neutropenic sepsis.