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MacMillan Upper GI Cancer Nurse Specialist

Southport And Ormskirk NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 7
Full Time
Job summary

A fantastic opportunity has arisen within the Upper GI Nurse Specialist team. We are looking for two enthusiastic, self-motivated, and passionate band 7 upper gastrointestinal (UGI) clinical nurse specialist (CNS) to join our team working for Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. The post holders will work closely alongside one other existing UGI nurse specialist and be part of a larger multidisciplinary team consisting of gastroenterology and general surgery consultants, radiologists, endoscopists, dieticians and other professions.

We are a dynamic and friendly team with a genuine commitment to our colleagues and the patient care.

This post will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (with barred list for vulnerable adult's and children's disclosure). The role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Cancer Care can be complex and varied, involving interventions and communication with multiple health care professionals across primary and secondary care and other private and charitable organisations.

The CNS role improves the quality and experience of care for patients, reinforces patient safety, demonstrates leadership and can increase productivity and efficiency (Macmillan 2013). The successful post holder will be supported by the LeadNurse and Directorate Manager in Gastroenterology as well as the Early Diagnosis Support Worker and Cancer Tracker, and will have access to CPD.

Main duties of the job

The post work closely with 3 specialist centres within Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Alliance and will play a key role in the delivery on cancer services throughout the Trust. To give advice and implement patient care in an area which requires specific clinical knowledge, skills, and experience and to work alongside other clinical colleagues to ensure quality of care to the patients is maximised.

Working in a small and friendly team within a larger CNS service, you will work alongside a multidisciplinary team of other dedicated and highly skilled healthcare professionals to care for patients and their families; delivering our high service standards, sharing best practice, and actively improving the way we work.

You will provide autonomous nurse-led services alongside the rest of the team.

Examples of duties are:
  • Offering support and signposting for patients at diagnosis and onwards.
  • Providing symptom advice and support for a group of patients with complex and often fast changing needs.
  • Holistic Needs Assessment.
  • Multidisciplinary team working.
  • Telephone assessment and follow-up.

About us

Working for our Organisation

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust provides healthcare in hospital and the community to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby, and West Lancashire.

Acute care is provided at Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk District General Hospital. This includes adults' and children's accident and emergency services, intensive care and a range of medical and surgical specialities. Women's and children's services, including maternity, are provided at Ormskirk hospital.

The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport hospital provides specialist care for spinal patients from across the North West, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

The Trust also provides sexual health services for the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.

Our Values: Supportive, Caring, Open and Honest. Professional, Efficient reflect the type of Trust we aspire to be, and you can join our dedicated and talented colleagues to make this happen.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Ensure nursing care is delivered in an expert and professional manner compatible with current research-based protocols and be responsible for maintaining accurate, effective, and comprehensive written nursing records by regularly evaluating nursing documentation in accordance with the NMC guidelines.

Provide support and assessment for in-patients/day case patients.

Provision of information, advice and support to in-patients and out-patients and their relatives and carers.

Provide support to ward staff, liaison between services.

Develop and manage nurse-led services in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of patients.

Act as Key Worker to patients undergoing investigations and diagnosis of cancer.

Provide support to services to ensure timely and appropriate pre-admission care, in-patient interventions, and discharge planning.

In conjunction with the Multi-Disciplinary Team, provide support to patients undergoing cancer surgery and treatment.

Ensure effective liaison and referral processes with other specialities for example oncology, palliative care.

Act on concerns raised by team members or service users taking appropriate action according to Trust Policies and Guidelines.

Demonstrate and monitor competency in clinical skills including clinical examination required for the post and work to define protocols and guidelines for example clinical examination, non-medical prescribing.

To work as an integral part of the Upper G.I Cancer Nursing team to support all adult patients with an Upper G.I cancer diagnosis with an Upper G.I cancer including Oesophageal, pancreatic, and Hepatobiliary.

The role requires the ability to make appropriate and comprehensive referral to ally services such as specialist palliative care, Macmillan specialist dieticians and community teams such as district nurses, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists, among others.

There is a need for close working with acute medical colleagues such as those caring for our patients on the wards and acute medical teams such as palliative care and acute oncology.

The role will also include a physical presence in the endoscopy suite when a suspected new Upper G.I cancer is found, in order to best support the patient and our endoscopy colleagues.

Advertising Date - 18 May 2023

Closing Date - 30 May 2023

Shortlisting Date - 31 May 2023

Interview date - 5 June 2023

Please be aware this vacancy may close early if a sufficient number of applicant is reached.

Person Specification



  • First level registered nurse
  • Degree in health-related area
  • Post registration qualification in specialist area
  • Teaching and mentor qualification e.g., Level 6: Mentoring in Practice
  • Advanced communications skills


  • Recognised counselling qualification e.g., Level 3: Diploma in Counselling Skills



  • Clinical experience in specialty or cancer related area
  • Experience of ongoing continuing professional development
  • Understanding of professional priorities and issues


  • Participation in service development and implement of change



  • Ability to communicate unpleasant/sensitive information to patients in a variety of settings
  • Able to influence and overcome resistance through application of communication skills
  • Able to analyse data and provide written reports
  • Intermediate IT skills in word processing and spreadsheets
  • Able to prioritise, meet deadlines, use initiative, and make decisions
  • Able to perform assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care
  • Able to present information to professional groups
  • Able to participate/undertake clinical audit and research.

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