A nurse who has been at the forefront of promoting prostate cancer screening in Burton has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.
Sarah Minns, a urology advanced nurse practitioner at Burton's Queen's Hospital, is a finalist in the Nurse of the Year category run by the Nursing Times. Her nominations is for her work in raising awareness of male cancer.
It has proved to be a double celebration for the urology team, led by consultant surgeon Jyoti Shah, as it has also been nominated in the Cancer Nursing category.
Burton Hospitals' urology team has been at the forefront of promoting prostate cancer in the community, linking up with Burton Albion Football Club to host screening sessions for the local population.
Mrs Minns said: "It is a tremendous honour to be shortlisted – not just for myself but for the rest of the team as well. We are incredibly passionate about raising awareness of prostate cancer and hopefully this will help us to continue to encourage men to get checked out."
Miss Shah said: "As a team, we are incredibly passionate about providing the best care and treatment for our patients as well and raising the profile of prostate cancer in the community.
"The support we have had, particularly from Burton Albion Football Club, has been terrific and the response from the community has been phenomenal."
The winners of the 2017 Nursing Times Awards will be announced on Thursday, November 2.
The screening sessions, aimed at men aged 50 and older, is a new way of getting men to take the potentially life-saving test for prostate cancer by taking sessions out in to the community and directly to patients. It has been backed by Championship side Burton Albion with screening taking place at the Pirelli Stadium, in Princess Way.
So far it has seen more than 350 men get tested, with 24 found to need further treatment.
Now the unit is aiming to encourage African Caribbean men to come forward to have the test as they are at a higher risk. There is a one in eight chance of men being diagnosed with prostate cancer but in African Caribbean men it is one in four.
A screening talk will be held in the training room upstairs at the Burton Caribbean Association, in Uxbridge Street, from 7pm on Thursday, August 24, to enourage African Caribbean men to take the test. Miss Shah will be giving the talk with former boxing star Neville Brown and will be there to speak to people afterwards and answer any questions.