Chiara De Biase is the Director of Patient Services and has been at Anthony Nolan for 8 years. She leads the Patient Services team who are responsible for the production and development of all of our information and support services. She established our successful NHS funded post programme, which has now funded 15 Clinical Nurse Specialists and 4 Clinical Psychologists over the last 6 years.
Before joining Anthony Nolan, Chiara worked at King’s College Hospital as the Manager of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre. The centre was housed within the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care Research where she was able to develop a love of research and better appreciate the value of investing in qualitative research that was co-designed and patient led.
But it was her NHS career before joining the third sector that really established her passion and drive for improving patient experience and quality of life before, during and after a diagnosis of cancer. Chiara was a Highly Specialist Physiotherapist in Cancer and Palliative Care, working at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital with a special interest in the treatment and rehabilitation of HSCT recipients.
Last year, Chiara and the team set out to deliver a new area of Anthony Nolan research that is focussed on the patient in a way that is meaningful to them throughout their transplant journey. We want to better understand how socio-economic factors influence quality of life and outcomes so that we can influence the services that patients receive across the UK, bringing about an equity of access to the best possible care.