EONS and Teenage Cancer Trust Nursing Leadership Summits

EONS and the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) held ‘Nursing Leadership Summits’ in 2014 and 2015. Reports from both of these events are given below.

EONS/TCT Nursing Leadership Summit 2015

Nursing Leadership Summit Facilitators:
Anne Mulliner, JDI Solutions
Professor Daniel Kelly, EONS President Elect
Maria Cable, EONS /Teenage Cancer Trust

EONS and the Teenage Cancer Trust

The second EONS/Teenage Cancer Trust Nursing Leadership Summit was building on the work of the 2014 event in helping to develop a Europe-wide network of cancer nurses who work with teenagers and young adults. Everybody taking part in the workshop either has, or seeks to have, a leadership role in this field.

A group dinner on the evening before the workshop was a chance to make less formal connections with colleagues in other countries.

On the day, the focus was practical: participants were there to develop their leadership skills and clarify what leadership in cancer nursing means for them personally. Participants had been asked beforehand to do a tough piece of “homework”: each person had to ask five colleagues for feedback on their leadership style. They also had to complete a questionnaire on management style and identify an issue to work on during the workshop. This preparation meant that the workshop itself was tailored to specific issues for each person in their own workplace.

Award-winning business coach Anne Mulliner also got the group talking about what values motivate them. Discussions on motivation and personal strengths were linked to the broader aim of promoting leadership in the field of teenage cancer care.

Feedback on the event was extremely positive and delegates commented that they will remain in touch with each other, helping to maintain a network of nurse leaders in this field.

The facilitators of the 2015 event are planning future initiatives to build on this important work.

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Hard at work
Hard at work

Group work is a chance to share valuable feedback
Group work is a chance to share valuable feedback

A break for lunch
A break for lunch

EONS/TCT Nursing Leadership Summit 2014

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.