EONS and Teenage Cancer Trust Nursing Leadership Summit
1 & 2 May 2014, Dublin.

EONS and the Teenage Cancer Trust

The 2014 Nursing Leadership Summit brought together a group of nurses who specialise in working with teenagers and young adults (TYAs) with cancer. All participants have, or aspire to, leadership roles in this field. Funding from EONS and the UK charity Teenage Cancer Trust allowed 14 nurses from across Europe to come to the Summit. We chose Dublin as the venue, which allowed the Irish Association of Nurses in Oncology (IANO) to get involved with the event too.

Participants at the 2014 Nursing Leadership Summit
Participants at the 2014 Nursing Leadership Summit

Attendees came from the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Belgium. They were from a mixture of working environments, including paediatric, adult and specialist teenager cancer services.

Purpose of the Summit

The long-term aim of such events is to develop a network of nurses across Europe to progress the specialist discipline of nursing teenagers and young adults with cancer. In the shorter term, our event allowed nurses from different countries and working environments to compare their experiences and exchange ideas. This will immediately help to improve the cancer treatment experience for this niche group of patients in their home countries.

The Teenage Cancer Trust is considered the world’s leading advocate of specialist care delivery to this patient age group, while EONS is the largest organisation representing cancer nursing in Europe. This is why we are working in partnership to progress TYA cancer nursing leadership in Europe.


  • Maria Cable, EONS Education Working Group
  • Professor Daniel Kelly, EONS President Elect and RCN Chair of Nursing Research at Cardiff University
  • Sam Smith, Head of Nursing (North), Teenage Cancer Trust

Also in attendance was Dr David Benton, Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses.

How the event was structured

1 May 20141200Welcome and sandwich lunch
1300-1630Main meeting including presentations from delegates & Teenage Cancer Care UK based Professionals
1800Guided Tour of the historic Trinity College Dublin
2 May 20140900Welcome
0915-1015Nursing Leadership Presentation by David C. Benton, Chief Executive Officer, International Council of Nurses
1045-1200Group work
1245-1530Moving forward

A grant was available to enable 12 nurses from across Europe to attend the Summit.