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Meet the team

 

Sara Hannant

Cancer Care Navigator Sara Hannant

Hello my name is Sara and I am very excited to be a member of the Macmillan Cancer Care Navigator Team.

 I have always loved working within the NHS, giving the best care possible is very important to me and putting the patients’ needs first has always been my priority.

I have worked in the NHS for nearly 37 years, most recently working as an Assistant Practitioner on surgical wards. I have also spent time working in the community with the Hospice@Home service, and prior to that I was part of the Community Cancer Matrons team.

The Community Cancer Matrons helped cancer patients who were having cancer treatment, giving advice, comfort, supporting them with appointments and also signposting to other services who could help support them. We worked closely with GPs, Clinical Nurse Specialists and all members of the patient’s medical team. It was a much needed service and well received, it was very sad when this pilot service didn’t continue.

This is why I love being a Macmillan Cancer Care Navigator, and now have the opportunity to help you and your loved ones through your cancer journey based here at the Louise Hamilton Centre. We work as part of the Cancer Services team so work closely with your doctors and nurses.

Hopefully you will find our service helps you, we are only a call away.

 

Lyndsey Hewitt

Cancer Care Navigators Lyndsey

My name is Lyndsey, I'm a proud mother of four boys and grandmother of a beautiful little girl.

I have worked in the NHS for nearly 20 years now, over 18 of those spent on busy surgical ward as a HCA, and I am still, if not more, passionate about great patient care than I was when I first started working for the JPUH all those years ago.

A little over three years ago my dear late mother was diagnosed with terminal progressive breast cancer and both mine and my families world began to fall apart. Although I had worked in a healthcare setting I felt hopeless and confused with how to help her for the best and what to do to support her and get her everything she needed. As a family we nursed her at home till she sadly passed away and slowly have adapted to life without her.

I knew from the experiences that we had gone through with my mum that I wanted to help other patients and their families coping with a cancer diagnosis and so being a Cancer Care Navigator is a huge honour and a great privilege for me.

As a CCN I try to give my best to every patient/family that I come into contact with and hopefully make their journey a little easier if I can.

 

Jo Pawlett

Cancer Care Navigators Jo

I became a Macmillan Cancer Care Navigator in November 2021, supporting patients following a cancer diagnosis through until discharge, living with and beyond cancer.

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in July 2010. Following my personal experience I started volunteering at the Louise Hamilton Centre. This inspired me to start “Can-cervive”, a Cancer Support Group, which has grown year by year since 2015 and we now have over 200 members living in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

In 2019 I started working with the Macmillan Survivorship Nurse Lead for Cancer Services at JPUH, this enabled me to gain experience around the different cancer pathways and understand how the NHS supports patients through their diagnosis. I became a Patient Representative on various cancer steering groups and supported re-starting a Together Against Cancer patient group at the JPUH.

I work within a lovely supportive team and have already had the opportunity to support lots of cancer patients, both on the telephone and face to face. We are in a very privileged position to be able to spend time listening to patients and their families, signposting them to all the supportive services available in the community and ‘hold their hand’, by being there as and when they need us.

 

Jeanette Masters

Cancer Care Navigators Jeanette

I have worked in the NHS for almost 10 years, and prior to this role worked as part of the Cancer Services team coordinating multi disciplinary team meetings and working closely with Clinicians and Nurse Specialists.

I lost my Step Dad to lung cancer 11 years ago, and saw this role as an opportunity to use my experience to support patients and their families at a time when everything feels clinical and a little out of control.

It’s important to me that the whole person is thought about – not just their diagnosis but everything else that goes along with it.  By easing the pressure of day to day things we are able to give that person the time and space to focus on getting through treatment and making sure they have everything they need to make it as smooth as possible for them.

I know how devastating a diagnosis of cancer can be, regardless of the prognosis, and I am passionate about doing all that I can to support patients and their families.

 

Sara Beare

Cancer Care Navigators Sara Beare

I have over 10 years’ experience of working within the James Paget Hospital and have worked in the Palliative Care Team as a Palliative Care / Lymphoedema Secretary since 2016.  I am passionate about patient centred care and became a Macmillan Cancer Care Navigator in August 2022. 

I thoroughly enjoy my role as a Macmillan Cancer Care Navigator and feel honoured to be able to support patients following a cancer diagnosis, to discharge, living with and beyond cancer.