Rebecca Spencer

Micropigmentation Practitioner

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Rebecca Spencer

Medical qualifications

DipHE Adult Nursing
BSc (Hons) Acute Clinical Practice
MSc in Cancer Care (pending)

Year of qualification

2008

Professional profile

Rebecca qualified as a Nurse in 2008 and has been a Breast Reconstruction Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) since 2011.

In 2010, she qualified as a Micropigmentation Practitioner and runs a monthly Saturday morning clinic at The McIndoe Centre. Nipple and areola micropigmentation is a medical tattoo and involves the implantation of pigment into the skin to create the illusion of, or enhance a nipple and areola. Most of the patients seen by Rebecca have undergone breast reconstruction surgery following a diagnosis of breast cancer or the discovery of a gene mutation. Others have micropigmentation following breast cosmetic surgery (e.g. breast reduction/breast augmentation/mastopexy). To complete the micropigmentation treatment, patients usually need two appointments, four to six weeks apart. She said she is proud to work with such a wonderful breast team who all have the same ethos and strive for outstanding patient care. She added that it was a pleasure to see women for micropigmentation treatment to complete their often long and emotional journey.

Rebecca completed the DipHE in Adult Nursing with the University of Surrey in 2008 and has a BSc (Hons) degree in Acute Clinical Practice specialising in plastic surgery and breast cancer. In addition, she has completed an MSc module on the Principles of Breast Cancer Care at the Royal Marsden Hospital School. She is currently working towards her MSc in Cancer Care with the University of East Anglia; through the Royal Marsden School.

Her current NHS role is as a Macmillan Breast Reconstruction CNS at the Queen Victoria Hospital (QVH) in East Grinstead. Rebecca has worked at the QVH since 2004 on the specialist burns, plastic reconstructive and maxillofacial wards and the Enhanced Recovery Area (Step-Down Unit) where she cared for patients who had undergone major reconstructive surgery.

Speciality

Rebecca has a keen interest in nipple and areola micropigmentation (medical tattooing) and electrochemotherapy (ECT). She regularly attends updates at the Brighton & South East Breast Days, London Breast Meetings and BAPRAS events.

Current memberships

Member of the UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) and the national Breast Reconstruction Nurses Network (BRNN)
Trustee, secretary and founder of the breast reconstruction charity Restore
Professional reviewer for both the Macmillan and Breast Cancer Now breast cancer/reconstruction patient information leaflets
External Professional Advisor (EPA) for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO)

Personal profile

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys listening to music, attending gigs and festivals, travelling and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Image of Rebecca Spencer, Breast Reconstruction Clinical Nurse Specialist

Rebecca Spencer

Medical qualifications

DipHE Adult Nursing
BSc (Hons) Acute Clinical Practice
MSc in Cancer Care (pending)

Year of qualification

2008

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