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I am a nurse with a background in cancer and community care. I specialise in lymphoedema treatment, care and self-management support.
I qualified in Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage in 1994. I have experience of working in a range of NHS, voluntary and private sector organisations. I am also a qualified nurse teacher and completed my PhD on lymphoedema in 2011.
I run my own clinical and consultancy business called esklymphology, based in Scotland.
Areas of interest
Lymphoedema treatment, care and support;
Arm and breast lymphoedema associated with breast cancer;
Lymphoedema secondary to cancer;
Lymphoedema associated with venous disease;
Manual lymph drainage (Vodder method)
Lymphoedema self-management support
Lymphoedema compression therapy
Lymphoedema epidemiology and treatment
Manual lymph drainage.
(Additional) Languages spoken
Williams, A. (2012) An evaluation of the lymphoedema self-management programme and overview of the literature. The Haven, Blantyre, Lanarkshire. With support from The Alliance for Health and Social Care.
Williams, A. (2012) Working in partnership with patients to promote concordance with compression bandaging.
Supplement. British Journal of Community Nursing, 17 (10), S1-15.
Williams, A. (2012) Living with and beyond breast cancer. Journal of Community Nursing, 26 (1), pp.6-8, 10.
Williams, A. (2010) Manual lymphatic drainage: exploring the history and evidence base. British Journal of Community Nursing, 15 (4); Supplement, pp. S18-23.
Williams, A. (2008) Lymphoedema. In: Corner, J. & Bailey, C.G. (eds) (2008) Cancer Nursing: Care in Context. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, Chapter 22, pp.496-503.
Courses offered to GPs
- PhD Edinburgh Napier University 2011
- Masters in Nursing Brunel University 1993
- Registered Nurse Lothian College of Nursing and Midwifery 1980
- Diploma in Cancer Nursing Royal Marsden Hospital 1984
- Diploma in Nurse Education Royal College of Nursing 1989
- Diploma in District Nursing West London Institute 1985
- Manual Lymph Drainage Vodder School, Austria 1994
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Nurse Consultant NHS Highland Lymphoedema Project 2012
- Lymphoedema Team The Haven, Lanarkshire 2012
Details of entry to specialist register
- NMC, 1980
Affiliations / memberships
Manual Lymph Drainage UK
Lymphoedema Support Network
UK Oncology Nursing Society
European Oncology Nursing Society
Trustee/Director of Talk Lipoedema
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.