EONS and Teenage Cancer Trust Nursing Leadership Summit Grant

EONS and the Teenage Cancer Trust

Nursing Leadership Summit Grant 2016

On 15 and 16 September 2016, ten nurses from all over Europe with a specific interest in the care of teenagers and young adults (TYA) with cancer came together for two days of learning and information exchange in Bloomsbury, London, UK.

The second EONS and Teenage Cancer Trust Nursing Leadership Summit was an opportunity for a group of nurses to network, share experiences and focus on their leadership development with facilitation from leadership and coaching expert Anne Mulliner. The summit was hosted by EONS President Daniel Kelly, Maria Cable, Course Director- Teenage/Young Adult Cancer Care, Coventry University, and Sam Smith, Head of Nursing and Clinical Services at Teenage Cancer Center Trust, London. Everyone agreed the event was a huge success.

Here’s what the hosts said:

Danny Kelly:
“EONS is delighted to continue our collaboration with the Teenage Cancer Trust. It is important to share knowledge and to build networks for nurses involved in young adult oncology across Europe. The latest summit confirmed the value of promoting nursing leadership and we look forward to building further on this latest event.”
Sam Smith:
“Teenage Cancer Trust recognises the pivotal role that nurses play in developing and sustaining the specialism of TYA cancer care. It is crucial we support and develop nurse leaders of the future to continue to build and maintain this unique nursing specialism that has developed over the past 25 years.”
Maria Cable:
“Shared learning from this event helped delegates and facilitators to focus on key issues that nurse leaders in young cancer care face. Primarily these were themed as; workforce development, service development, advocacy and cultural changes. The opportunity for cross European discussion along with time to attend to personal leadership skills development was valued by delegates and facilitators alike and will help shape this new community of practice to develop.”

Participant comments were extremely positive and included this from Gabriela Mavrodin, Head Nurse Oncology Departament, Maria S.Curie Emmergency Hospital, Bucharest, Romania: “I enjoyed the event very much! For me it was an excellent opportunity to exchange experience in the field of nursing teenagers and young adults (TYAs) with cancer offering the opportunity for networking,learn and shared experiences and allowing me to focus on my own leadership development.”

Other typical feedback comments included:

  • “Loved it, really useful to bounce ideas off others, people really understood my situation.”
  • “Re-motivates and encourages us to keep running and trust in our own knowledge.”
  • “The conference was excellent, containing lots of things about improving myself.”
  • “I am going to work on my confidence, be more ready to approach people and ask for help and support.”
  • “I learnt that leadership does not just start from the top.”

Those who attended received a grant from EONS to help cover their costs. If you are interested in applying for an EONS grant, go to http://www.cancernurse.eu/awardsgrants/grants.html

You will be able to read a longer report on the summit in the next issue of the EONS Magazine.

Picture gallery

These pictures will give you a flavour of what took place at the 2016 Nurse Leadership Summit.

Making new friends and sharing experience
Making new friends and sharing experience


Discussing plans for the future
Discussing plans for the future


All together now
All together now


Nursing Leadership Summit Grant 2014

This grant was to enable nurses to attend the EONS and Teenage Cancer Trust Nursing Leadership Summit in Dublin, Ireland in May 2014. The deadline for applications was 30 November 2013 and there were 12 successful applicants, listed in the Further Information section of this page.

The 12 grant recipients all attended the Summit and each delivered a 10-minute presentation on their own experience in the field of nursing teenagers and young adults (TYAs) with cancer along with suggestions on sharing best practice. These presentations were a condition of the grant award.

The grant covered the cost of economy travel to the 2-day Summit, accommodation and meals. It also included a tour of Trinity College Dublin.

Application conditions

To be considered for the grant, applicants were required to:

  • Be a registered nurse working in oncology care in Europe
  • Have experience of working with teenagers and/or young adults (TYAs) with cancer in a clinical role or main education role directly related to TYA cancer nurse education
  • Have a leadership role related to TYA cancer or aspire to lead in this field
  • Be an EONS member, either through their National Society or as an individual member.
  • Speak English fluently. (This was essential for participation in group sessions).