Caring at its Best for families with cancer
Congratulations to Dr Julian Barwell, Senior Lecturer in our Department of Genetics, who has been highly commended in the University Hospitals of Leicester 'Caring at its Best' Awards. Nominated by UHL Trust staff, the awards recognise those who achieve over and above the standard expected and whose performance can have a far reaching impact. All award nominees demonstrate commitment to the Trust’s core values and goals and inspire others to provide caring at its best.
Dr Barwell was highly commended in the category called ‘We focus on what matters most’ for his outstanding work with good old-fashioned values about caring for patients 24/7, not just whilst on duty and “with a passion for developing and improving service delivery and use of scientific knowledge in a productive way.”
This is exemplified by the work he and GENIE (the Genetics Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) are doing with families, schools and the local community to educate people about simple steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of common chronic diseases, such as cancer, through the Health Education Reaching Out (HERO) programme.
HERO has recently started a new project - working with Macmillan Cancer Support, the UHL Clinical Genetics, Clinical Dietetics, and Physiotherapy teams and the Chemoprevention team in our Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine - to provide wrap-around support for families with inherited cancer. The project will include events for families focussing on cancer prevention strategies and survivorship issues, support groups, and one-to-one counselling.