A Stockton cancer nurse is dedicating her healthcare career to her late nana who passed away from cancer.
27-year-old Aimie Newcombe has worked for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust for 10 years, joining the organisation when she was just 16-years-old.
Her career has spanned across several Trust departments but it was at the University of Hartlepool Hospital where Aimie began her journey.
“I started as a healthcare apprentice in Ward 7 at Hartlepool and this gave me the chance to understand what I wanted to do.” Aimie said.
“Working on the wards at such a young age was an eye opener for me. Whilst my friends were out partying I was treating patients at all stages of their healthcare journey, it enlightened me and I grew up a lot.”
Aimie has since moved to the University Hospital of North Tees and worked on various wards including elderly care, respiratory and surgery.
Finding her calling
It was in 2020 that Aimie became a nurse, completing her Adult Nursing degree at Teesside University.
However, it was working in the cardiology department where Aimie discovered the opportunity to train as a specialist cancer nurse with Macmillan Cancer Support.
Aimie commented: “If you had asked me a couple of years ago if I wanted to work in palliative care I would have said that wasn’t for me.
“Losing my nana Christine in 2021 made me realise my calling as we were really close. The treatment she received during her cancer treatment was outstanding and I wanted to be that source of support for patients and their families.
“I think that everyone needs to be at their best when going through a bad time. When my nana was undergoing cancer treatment, the staff went above and beyond for us and I want to give others the same experience.”
What’s next for Aimie?
Aimie’s next challenge is undertaking specialist training to become a qualified cancer nurse, receiving fully funded support from Macmillan.
The Macmillan Cancer Nurse Specialist Workforce Development Programme is new to the North East and Yorkshire and offers 42 training places, two of which were given to the Trust.
Aimie’s current role involves supporting patients through their journey of colon rectal cancer including diagnosis and post-surgery.
“Although I’m only 27 years old I have worked in healthcare for 10 years and this often shocks people.
“I started in this sector because I knew I wanted to help people, this desire hasn’t faded and I know that I’m only scratching the surface of my career.”