Matt Bilney, Christie nurse

Matt is an associate chief nurse at The Christie, working in infection prevention. He lives in Northenden and joined The Christie as a trainee nurse in 2002.

In the last 2 years, Matt's role has changed quite a lot. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Matt worked as a matron for the inpatient medical wards and for discharge and social work. He also worked as the interim deputy divisional head of nursing, where he also worked with the critical care outreach, supportive care and the staff testing teams.

Matt says that he's now looking forwards to spending more time with family and friends, as this wasn't possible in the last couple of years due to COVID-19 restrictions. He's especially excited about spending time with his nieces and nephews, as he's not been able to see them as much as he would have liked during the pandemic.

Previously, Matt looked after the integrated procedures unit (IPU), a department that The Christie charity helped to fund. This meant Matt got to experience up close the importance of charity funding. This is why Matt originally supported the Touching Lives campaign, as he saw first-hand the difference The Christie charity could make for cancer patients.

“The Christie is special to me because I have worked here for 17 years, and during that time I have seen a lot of changes and developments in the services that are delivered for patients.
It’s a really caring team, and the care that we give is outstanding. Like any organisation, we don’t always get things right, but there is a real open culture of learning.”

- Matt Bilney

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