Macmillan Cancer Relief and the Department of Health are working in partnership to establish the role of primary care cancer lead clinician.
Wendy Hardicker is one of the nurses to have taken up the challenge of this ground-breaking role. Her first priority within South Norfolk Primary Care Trust was to establish the key concerns of the PCO for which she works.
The Macmillan Support Programme has identified the areas of expertise essential for primary care cancer leads, to enable them to work effectively and efficiently.
The welcome pack supplied to the cancer leads provides them with clear direction on how to build a picture of the local situation and gives guidance on establishing key contacts and identifying areas that will need early intervention.
Macmillan provides Ms Hardicker and her peers with ongoing and general support in a variety of ways. The telephone helpline provides them with links to their peers and colleagues, and also offers information and support, updating leads on initiatives.
There was some initial uncertainty about the role of the primary cancer lead clinician within Ms Hardicker’s PCO. This has now been addressed through a series of briefing sessions at professional meetings. Colleagues have been encouraged to become involved in identifying problem areas and to participate in the planning stages.