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Academic appointed to chair Breast Cancer Care partnership


Academic appointed to chair Breast Cancer Care partnership

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Dr Julie Wray has been appointed Chair of Service User Research Partnership (SURP) with support charity Breast Cancer Care.

SURP – a group of eight people who have each had a direct experience of breast cancer – ensures that Breast Cancer Care’s research agenda is driven by the needs and experiences of people affected by the disease.

Julie, Senior Lecturer from the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, has been committed to driving the research agenda to ensure that the needs of breast cancer survivors after treatment are explored to improve life after cancer.

She has been involved in a project that aims to develop an intervention that will improve the emotional, social and practical wellbeing of women from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds after they complete hospital-based treatment for primary breast cancer.

The group, now chaired by Julie, works closely with Breast Cancer Care’s Research and Evaluation team and Research Committee to ensure that the patient experience is at the core of planning, design, delivery and dissemination of the charity’s research activity.

Julie said: “The work and services that Breast Cancer Care undertakes for those affected by breast cancer is amazing, but there is always more to do.

“In this role, I hope to be able to work with SURP to make a difference to the kind of research that is undertaken but more importantly that good research is used to improve and shape the lives of those affected by breast cancer.

“I am proud to be yet another voice of the thousands of voices that volunteer for breast cancer care.”

SURP encourages joint partnerships in undertaking research, which include attending conferences and writing for publication.

Dean of School Professor Tony Warne said: “This appointment reflects the work Julie has led on in the School around the involvement and engagement of all service users – work that is now recognised internationally by other universities.”

For more information on SURP, please visit here