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I started my post-qualification career initially in bone marrow transplantation and then moved to HIV and haematology, before starting at The Royal Marsden as a Course Nurse in 1995. I then worked in a number of ward-based roles and practice education within the Trust and in collaboration with other hospitals in London.  

My interests are mainly in the advances in cancer care and development of staff. I completed my master's research in 2003: An Exploration of Newly Qualified Nurses Experience of Cancer Care. I established and set up the rotation programme for nurses new to cancer care at The Royal Marsden in 2002.

I have a keen interest in the advances in cancer care right across the spectrum, from biological to psychological and social. In the last few years I have developed an interest in clinical leadership, and enjoy the theory and politics of clinical leadership with the NHS and wider arenas.

I am currently module leader for the following modules at degree and postgraduate levels:

  • Chemotherapy in Cancer Care
  • Enhancing Clinical Leadership
  • The Sciences of Cancer Care
  • Applying Research to Clinical Practice
  • Stem Cell Transplantation in Cancer Practice
  • Principles of Head and Neck Cancer Care
  • Leadership and Management for Service Improvement

Contact details

020 7808 2929

Chris McNamara MSc PGCE BSc (Hons) RN | The Royal Marsden School
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