“Dr Russell Burcombe is an invaluable colleague for Breast Cancer Care.
He is a highly respected external reviewer of our patient information.
Russell combines evidenced-based knowledge with emotional intelligence. He demonstrated his readiness to put patients at the heart of service development when he approached me about a proposal for a new post – Macmillan Nurse Clinician for patients with metastatic breast cancer. This required tenacity and innovation and it’s a real credit to him that patient care has noticeably improved as a result of his ideas. The pioneering initiative has attracted interest nationally and Russell is now sharing his experience to help other teams implement best practice for breast cancer patients.
Russell continues to work with Breast Cancer Care and was instrumental in developing a highly successful Living With Secondary Breast Cancer patient support programme. The launch event attracted record numbers and was very well evaluated.
He also initiated our joint working to set up “Moving Forward” courses for early breast cancer patients. This provides much needed information and support on how to cope with and adjust to life after breast cancer treatment.
Without exception, we have found Russell a pleasure to work with. It’s no small feat to achieve so much in driving forward change in areas that focus directly on the needs of primary and secondary breast cancer patients, while also juggling the other demands of a busy consultant role.”
Emma Pennery CBE
Medical Director, Breast Cancer Care