The Hunts Community Cancer Service was set up as a result of this emerging evidence.
It was a 2 year pilot project looking to develop and evaluate the role of a primary care-based cancer care.
The original Hunts model comprised a small team:
Gini Melesi is a Cancer nurse Specialist and the Project lead. She has been caring for patients with cancer for over 26 years.
Mandy Robinson is the other Cancer Nurse specialist and they are both supported by:
Cheryl Goodwin – Cancer Support Worker.
The team is based at the Woodlands Cancer unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. They see patients at home, at work, in the hospital or even somewhere neutral for a cup of coffee if necessary!
The pilot project could only offer home care to the 9 GP practices that fall within the Hunts Health Local Commissioning Group. This comprised of; Kimbolton, Gt Staughton, Eaton Socon Health Centre, Priory Fields, Acorn, Charles Hicks group, Papworth, Old Exchange and Ramsey Rainbow. The Team were working towards getting the service adopted across all GP surgeries. The service can be accessed by anyone over the age of 18 affected by any cancer, either directly or indirectly
The team are working towards streamlining community cancer care services through close collaboration with multidisciplinary primary healthcare professionals including Hospital teams, GPs, district nursing teams, social services and statutory and voluntary care agencies. This partnership working helps avoid duplication, while strengthening and expanding existing community services.