Published on: 1st December 2023

An educational programme run by the CNS London Sarcoma Service has won an award from a national cancer charity at 10 Downing Street. It won the Sarcoma Healthcare Professionals Innovation and Excellence category in the Shining Star Awards run by Sarcoma UK.

Jo Coleman and Anne McTiernJo Coleman, Anne McTiernan and Minister Stephenson.jpgan had the vision of sharing a regular in-house education session to bring sarcoma nurses and doctors together. These monthly sessions have seen a broad range of speakers and experts in the sarcoma field from other sarcoma units, charities and researchers sharing their knowledge.

Jo said at the ceremony: “We are so grateful to receive this award, and so surprised. We couldn’t have done it [set up the education programme] without Carly on the Sarcoma UK Support Line team, our third person.”

The ceremony was on Monday 27 November and Health and Secondary Care Minister Andrew Stephenson MP was among those attending.

Sarcomas are uncommon cancers that can affect any part of the body, on the inside or outside, including the muscle, bone, tendons, blood vessels and fatty tissues. There are around 100 different sub-types of sarcoma cancer.

Sarcoma UK is a national charity that funds vital research, offers support for anyone affected by sarcoma cancer and campaigns for better treatments. It is the only cancer charity in the UK focusing on all types of sarcoma. It is now one of the biggest funders of sarcoma research in the UK, having invested more than £5.5 million to 76 research projects to date.

Health and Secondary Care Minister Andrew Stephenson MP with Anne McTiernan (centre) and Jo Coleman, image courtesy of Sarcoma UK.