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With a background in palliative care, lymphology has been the focal point of Denise’s nursing career for the last 30 years. Having set up numerous lymphoedema clinics, she established Kendal Lymphology Centre in 2005. This independent clinic provides NHS care in the northwest of England with facilities for prevention, treatment and training. It aims to offer support, education and appropriate management to patients and healthcare professionals. Over 3,000 patients, suffering from all pathologies (including lipoedema and children), have been seen since it opened in 2005.
Denise is a Trustee/Nurse Advisor to the Lymphoedema Support Network and a Nurse Consultant to Lipoedema UK. Working closely with the British Lymphology Society (co-chair 2000-2001), she assists on many projects to secure on-going and equitable funding for those with lymphoedema. On behalf of the Children’s Lymphoedema Special Interest Group (CLSIG), she helps facilitate the Lymphaletics event; a day of fun, exercise and education for children suffering with lymphoedema and their families.
Having worked with compression garment manufacturers, Denise has developed expert knowledge in compression, an essential element for lymphoedema treatment. She strives to improve compression garment choice and provision.
Denise’s dedication and contribution to lymphology was recognised recently as she was awarded the British Journal of Nursing Chronic Oedema Nurse of the Year award in March 2019.
Being lucky enough to be based in the Lake District, walking and cycling are ever-important recreational activities. Bee keeping has become another keen hobby, alongside gardening and baking with her increasing brood of grandchildren.
Denise Hardy RGN, BSc (Hons) Palliative Care
Lymphoedema Nurse Consultant – Kendal Lymphology Centre, Kendal, Cumbria
A few years after qualifying as a Physiotherapist from The Queen Elizabeth School of Physiotherapy, Birmingham in 1990, Cheryl joined the world-renowned cancer centre at Christie Hospital, Manchester as a Macmillan Lymphoedema Specialist/Surgical Physiotherapist. During this time, she completed her specialist lymphoedema training at Kings College, London and the Casley Smith method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) at Wrexham.
Supporting people affected by cancer has been a focus of Cheryl’s career, evident in her posts as a Specialist Physiotherapist in one of the country’s first Macmillan Therapy Teams, and as a Macmillan Lymphoedema Specialist at St Luke’s Hospice in Cheshire. In October 2016, she received an award from Macmillan Cancer Support in recognition of her contribution and dedication as a Macmillan professional. Cheryl continued her learning and training in lymphology, and while at the Compton Hospice, trained in the Leduc Method of MLD and Fluoroscopy-guided MLD (FG-MLD).
For many years, Cheryl has also enjoyed training others in various aspects of lymphology, from degree level courses to workshop training days and patient focussed classes.
Cheryl is a co-opted committee member of the British Lymphology Society (BLS) and has been the editor for the society for many years. In October 2010, she received one of the first four national awards from the BLS for ‘Membership and Revenue’ in recognition of her duties.
Cheryl White, MCSP SRP
Dawn Stevens is a Registered General Nurse working as a Medical Education Manager for Essity. She also has an honorary contract at University Hospitals Nottingham, Lymphoedema Service where she practices as a Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist. For 9 years she has worked within the private sector, providing support and education, helping clinicians in achieving the most appropriate clinical outcomes for their patients, involving a variety of complex wound types and chronic swellings. Dawn completed her lymphoedema qualification BSc in Lymphoedema Care in 2016 studying at Wolverhampton University and Compton Hospice. She also spent time in a lymphoedema clinic with experienced lymphoedema nurse specialists treating lymphoedema patients.
Dawn is a busy mum of two and enjoys walks with her partner and their ever entertaining dog, Tyson.
Sam Blyth has been a Registered General Nurse for 19 years and completed her MSc in Physiotherapy in 2006. Sam joined Essity in 2017 as a Clinical Nurse Advisor in Chronic Oedema where she devised and delivered various bespoke chronic oedema training packages throughout the UK, as well as providing clinical support where needed. She now works as a Key Account Manager (Lymphology) supporting our JOBST® customers. Sam has accumulated her wound care experience from the NHS and her deployments to various locations throughout the Middle East serving as a Sergeant in the RAF reserves, where she worked in both the field hospitals and with the Aeromedical Evacuation team. In 2009, she completed her Certificate in Wound Care having gained a vast amount of experience in everything from blast and traumatic wounds to chronic wounds and leg ulcers. Over the last 9 years, Sam has been working in the area of chronic oedema. This has allowed her to combine her passion for wound care and leg ulcers with her interest in lymphoedema which she gained while studying physiotherapy. Sam’s passion is to raise the profile and complexities of chronic oedema through the education and support of primary care nurses, vascular nurses, lymphoedema services and allied health professionals.