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Macmillan Nurse Specialist for Skin Cancer

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Haywards Heath/Brighton
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 7
Full Time
A great opportunity has arisen for enthusiastic nurses with oncology or Dermatology experience to join our multidisciplinary teams at University Hospitals Sussex (Brighton and Haywards Heath location). If you are a caring, dynamic and driven individual who is motivated to make a difference, then one of these roles could be for you.

This friendly and dynamic team are looking for a colleague who is driven to provide excellent patient care and raising the profile of the CNS team. Previous experience of running and developing nurse led clinics is desirable together with a passion for change management and service development.

This is a macmillan funded fixed term post for 22 months. Secondment applications will be accepted with approval of the existing line manager.

This post has been identified as suitable for a job share and for this reason we would welcome applications from those interested in part time hours. Please identify this preference within the Supporting Information section of your application form.

Please note that if you currently work for another NHS Trust and are applying to accept this position as a secondment opportunity, before applying you must seek agreement and authorisation from your current Trust. Secondments can't be agreed without this approval. If you are unable to gain approval you should refrain from applying unless you wish to take this role as a fixed term position.

Main duties of the job

The dermatology cancer service is across several sites between Brighton and Haywards Heath. The post holder will be required to work at all sites.

The post holder will provide a specialist service to a caseload of patients with skin cancer and their families from the point of diagnosis onwards, including treatment toxicity review and symptom control. They will provide on-going advice and support to enable patients to make informed decisions about their management and care. There will be an expectation to contribute to the implementation of the Personalised Care Agenda which will involve reviewing and leading on Holistic Needs Assessments, follow up and Health and Wellbeing interventions.

About us

Join us at UHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

A t UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Including but not exclusively
  • Continued and appropriate use of advanced communication and level 2 psychological skills
  • On-going assessment and evaluation of levels of understanding and adaptation of style in accordance with communication needs utilizing verbal and written interpretation resources as required
  • Professional communication and liaison with relevant healthcare professionals as required
  • To actively contribute to the development of the nurse specialist service in response to service users needs, local and national standards
  • To develop services in line with quality standards agreed by Macmillan cancer Support
  • To review service offerings according to workload and capacity advising relevant professionals of any policy or procedural changes
  • To develop and foster excellent working relationships with all professionals
  • Shared responsibility with other relevant CNSs for annual report and role / service development
  • Day to day operational management of the relevant site-specific Cancer Nursing and support worker team ensuring resources are utilized effectively
  • Provide appropriate support and clinical specialist nurse input to agreed standards from the point of diagnosis and throughout the cancer pathway
  • To work autonomously, giving clinical advice and taking responsibility for own actions as appropriate in often highly emotive and complex situations
  • To have relevant and up to date knowledge of available and developing treatments and be able to give information regarding these to enable informed choices and consent
  • Work effectively as part of a clinical team to provide high quality care
  • To manage and prioritize own and others caseload within the context of the CNS team

see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details

Person Specification

Knowledge and experience


  • appropriate experience in relevant setting for role
  • autonomous decision making / nurse led clinics / senior clinical experience
  • effective MDT and cross boundary working
  • advanced communication skills
  • demonstrates a commitment to personal and professional development


  • previous service development / managing change experience

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Princess Royal Hospital / Brighton General Hospital / Royal Sussex County Hospital

Haywards Heath/Brighton


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