TRIBUTES have been made to a cancer nurse at Wythenshawe Hospital who died of the disease last month.

Jackie Slevin, from Urmston, was a nurse for more than 30 years, once as a staff nurse, then as a clinical nurse specialist for Macmillan.

Described as committed and passionate, the mother-of-five also recognised the importance of a work-life balance, according to a post on the cancer charity's social media.

She loved to travel, and she was seen as the one to speak to for advice on children, holidays and relationships, as well as work itself.

Peter Barton, another clinical nurse specialist, said: "Those who knew and worked with Jackie described this role as her dream job.

"Patients trusted her because she took the time to understand who they were. She saw the person and not just a diagnosis.

"No matter if you lived in social housing in Wythenshawe or in a mansion in Cheshire, she could find a common ground.

"It may have been something small or insignificant to some, but in acknowledging its importance you would see a patient let their guard down and open-up.

"Jackie’s knowledge of lung cancer and her skills not just in communication, but as an experienced nurse with a varied career, have helped to mould others in our team because of the high standard of care she provided. And if your uniform wasn’t ironed, you would be told.

"Jackie shined brightly, she did it her way and she will be sorely missed by those who had the privilege of knowing her."

Colleagues Julie Watts and Karen Peplow added: "She cared for her team as much as her patients and ensured patients’ voices were heard and their dignity was of paramount importance. She was a great colleague and a fantastic friend, and we are all going to miss her so much."