Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Frimley, Camberley
£37,162 to £44,629 a year Per Annum Incl HCAS
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity to join the Skin Cancer nursing team at Frimley Health NHS Trust. This is a role for an experienced nurse to further their career, become a clinical expert and key member of the Skin Cancer MDT. The post is full time band 6 with a view to progress to band 7 on completion of relevant (MSc level 7) training. Development is gained through a Masters degree programme of study, being supported in clinical practice and on competency being achieved in all skills required for the role. The post holder will be expected to work in outpatient clinics 5 days a week working in parallel with the Skin Cancer Multidisciplinary team.

There will bean emphasis on development of the nurse led service throughout the pathway of care for the skin cancer patient: providing highly specialist expertise and knowledge in the diagnosis and management of patients' through autonomous practice indermatological and physical assessment,dermoscopy, lesion assessment and surgical minor procedures. Working with the MDT to improve the survivorship element of the cancer care pathway, striving toimprove cancer patients' care, support and experience through the 'Working with the MDT to improve the survivorship element of the cancer care pathway, striving to improve skin cancer patients' care, support and experience through Personalised Care and further development of the Supported Self Management programme.'

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will act as a keyworker for a defined skin cancer patient portfolio at Frimley Health Foundation Trust. Key to the role is developing skills to provide highly specialist expertise and knowledge in the diagnosis and management of patients with potential skin cancer requiring investigation, treatment and surveillance following National and NICE guidelines.

The post holder will ensure the highest standard of clinical care is provided. They will be easily identifiable to clients and users, provide leadership and have the appropriate level of authority to provide support, advice and assistance required by patients, their families and carers. Emphasis on the areas of patient/client safety, patient experience, user engagement and clinical outcomes will be essential.

About us

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust provides NHS hospital services for around 900,000 people across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and south Buckinghamshire.

As well as delivering excellent general hospital services to local people, we provide specialist heart attack, vascular, stroke, spinal, cystic fibrosis and plastic surgery services across a much wider area.

We have three main hospitals - Frimley Park in Frimley near Camberley, Heatherwood in Ascot and Wexham Park near Slough.

Our three core values, and the behaviors that support them, guide everything we do and set out what we expect of our staff in the way they treat patients, visitors, service users and each other, Committed to Excellence, Working Together and Facing the Future.

We are also proud to host the Defence Medical Group South East at Frimley Park with military surgical, medical, and nursing personnel working alongside the hospital's NHS staff providing care to patients in all specialties.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and support for the Junior Skin Cancer CNS Team
  • Contribute to developments in practice consistent with the patient care priorities set nationally and locally. Development of new roles or service redesign will take place in line with best practice and evidence based care
  • Address the concerns of patients and service users and respond to their suggestions for local quality improvements
  • Assist the Skin Cancer Lead CNS in effective resolution of complaints where appropriate and any subsequent learning, liaising with the risk management department and the patient experience team as necessary
  • Develop the Skin Cancer Nursing service by becoming a clinical expert in Skin cancer, offering specialist advice, guidance and supervision to clinical staff, patients and carers
  • Communication will often be highly complex, sensitive and/or contentious requiring excellent skills in delivering and receiving information and dealing with difficult situations
  • Developed negotiation skills will be required together with those of persuasion and empathy
  • Work autonomously and demonstrate advanced practice by managing a caseload of patients and demonstrate advanced practice in skin cancer screening, routine skin surgical procedures, holistic assessment, physical assessment, non-medical prescribing and evaluation of care

For a full list of responsibilities, please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • NMC registration
  • Educated to Degree level
  • Working at band 6 for at least 2 years
  • Formal courses attended to develop clinical practice


  • Psychology level 2 training
  • Advanced communications course



  • Experience in Dermatology, Plastic Surgery or Oncology with examples of clinical practice
  • Evidence of independent working
  • Works in complex clinical situations requiring liaison and initiative (MDT working)
  • Evidence of Leadership and management
  • Holistic care of patients (Living with and Beyond Cancer)
  • Educating patients, carers and the wider public/ Health promotion


  • Independent prescriber desirable (or willingness to complete)
  • Physical assessment desirable (or willingness to complete)
  • Small management change projects
  • Audit experience
  • Clinical supervision of junior staff
  • Membership of relevant external society eg BDNG/ Melanoma Focus- networking and safe practice, keeping up to date, knowledge of research
  • Breaking bad news/ Holistic Needs Assessment



  • Communication skills (GPs and other health professionals)/ telephone advice
  • Care planning
  • Evidence of personal development
  • IT literate



  • Knowledge of skin cancer pathway and services

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