Individuals and teams from Hywel Dda University Health Board have been recognised in the shortlist for the Moondance Cancer Awards for their achievements and innovations in cancer services.

The Moondance Cancer Awards aim to celebrate and spotlight individuals and teams across NHS Wales and its partners who deliver, lead and innovate cancer services.

More than 110 nominations have been shortlisted down to 55 organisations, teams and individuals across 10 categories in areas including early detection and diagnosis, patient experience and cancer treatment.

Individual nominees named from the Hywel Dda University Health Board include Jill Williams, Clinical Research Specialist Nurse, based within the Hywel Dda Research Delivery Team at Glangwili Hospital; Mr Simone Sebastiani, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon based at Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth; Rachel Lewis, Allied Health Professional Cancer Lead who works across the Health Board; and Patricia Rees, Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist, based within the Tritech Institute, Llanelli.

These are the teams nominated:

  • 24/7 Cancer Treatment Helpline;
  • Prostate Active Care Together;
  • Enabling Research for Better Patient Outcomes - teams based at Bronglais, Glangwili, Prince Philip and Withybush Hospitals;
  • Optimising the Rapid Diagnostic Centre and Expanding Services team, a Health Board-wide service with clinics held in Prince Philip and Withybush hospitals;
  • Optimising the Lower Gastrointestinal Pathways;
  • Prostate Cancer Rapid Diagnosis Pathway (PROSTAD).

The second ever awards will be held on Thursday, June 13 at Depot, Cardiff, hosted by journalist and presenter, Sean Fletcher. All shortlisted nominees and their nominators will receive free tickets to the event, as a thank you from Moondance Cancer Initiative in recognition of their dedication and commitment to cancer services across Wales. 

Moondance Cancer Initiative exists to find, fund and fuel brilliant people and brave ideas to make Wales a world leader in cancer survival.

Judith Hardisty, Interim Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “I am absolutely delighted to see all the outstanding work of colleagues in our cancer services at Hywel Dda being recognised nationally.

“Good luck to everyone who has been nominated and thank you for your commitment, expertise, compassion and the outstanding care you give our patients every day.”