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OUH Consultant Nurse wins 'Bone Idols' Clinician of the Year


OUH Consultant Nurse Gerard Mawhinney has been named 'Clinician of the Year' by the Bone Cancer Research Trust, for his dedication to treating and supporting primary bone cancer patients through their difficult journey, and for his commitment to ensuring their wellbeing beyond treatment.

He received his award at a special ceremony in Leeds on Saturday 3 February 2024.

The Bone Cancer Research Trust is a national charity dedicated to fighting primary bone cancer through research, information, awareness and support. Their Bone Idols Awards, voted for by patients and peers, celebrate excellence in primary bone cancer care and research.

Gerard works within the Oxford Spinal Surgery Unit and the Oxford Sarcoma Service, one of four national units providing specialist care to a population of around 10 million in the south west of England.

Alongside his clinical work, Gerard is studying for a DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford. His research explores how precision medicine is implemented and experienced by people living with a diagnosis of rare cancer such as spinal sarcoma.

Gerard says: "It is a privilege to work with patients and families living with spinal sarcoma. I am honoured to receive this award; it is a great personal achievement, but also national recognition for the dedicated work that the Oxford Spinal Sarcoma and the wider Oxford Sarcoma Service provide."

Mr Jeremy Reynolds, Consultant Spine Surgeon and Spinal Sarcoma Clinical Lead, said: "Well deserved! The biggest step change to our service... Gerard has made a huge difference to how our patients are cared for."

Mr Chrishan Thakar, Oxford Spinal Surgery Unit Clinical Lead, said: "Many congratulations to Gerard and the Spine Sarcoma Team for their worthy recognition at the Bone Idols Awards. We are delighted for Gerard, whose tireless efforts have made such an impact on patient care. His just recognition is testament to the high quality care and compassion he delivers for his patients. Well done, Gerard."

Mrs Millie Okello, Sarcoma Clinical Nurse Specialist, said: "Great news for the entire Oxford Sarcoma Team and the OUH nursing fraternity. Gerard is a true face of present-day nursing, who exemplifies the extent and intent of the profession."

Congratulations to Gerard and to the whole team for this wonderful recognition.