And here we are…….
After six inspiring, educational, emotional, and totally awesome months, my PULSE assignment at Target Ovarian Cancer has come to an end.
I can hardly believe that, this time last year, I had not even considered applying to PULSE. One year on, I have completed one of the best experiences in my career to date.
I have been fortunate to be assigned to an ambitious, committed and super-efficient charity which has really got women with ovarian cancer at the heart of everything they do. The stories I have heard and the people I have met will be a part of my life going forward.
I got so much out of this experience, but what did I give back? Well,
- The charity now has a full and updated list of Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), which can be leveraged to reach as many women with ovarian cancer as possible.
- I have developed the CNS Hub, an online area dedicated to gynae CNS, where they can learn, interact and share best practice and case studies.
- I have launched a refreshed HCP quarterly Newsletter, which will give HCPs the opportunity to stay updated on everything they should know on ovarian cancer
- I have piloted the launch of the Target Ovarian Cancer Symptoms Diary in the North West region of England, so the learnings can be applied to future rollouts
- At the end of November, we had reached a total number of 9333 Symptoms Diary downloads against a target number of 5000.
But these are just numbers and objectives…..what I feel I have really contributed is in understanding more about ovarian cancer and working towards the goal of reducing the number of late diagnosis. It has been about meeting some of the women and understanding what they need, how they feel and how Target Ovarian Cancer can help them on their journeys. And, finally, it has been about learning to make decision making a quicker process, to have less meetings and to work with less powerpoint presentations and more dialogue!
Throughout this assignment, I have also met some amazing people outside of Target Ovarian Cancer. Thank you to the PULSE Team, the fellow London based PULSE volunteers, my PULSE Buddy and PULSE coach. Each and everyone of them have taught me something new, and have contributed to make this six months incredible.
I am ready for a break, but just to reenergise myself to take all this enthusiasm and learnings back to GSK, to contribute in making a real difference to our patients and consumers.
If you are reading this blog and are not a PULSE Volunteer, and you want to know more……please get in touch!
Happy Holidays everyone!