Rapid Diagnostic Centre Nurse Specialist

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Title: Nurse Specialist for Cancer Rapid Diagnostic Centre (RDC)

Band: 7

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 8am-6pm, 4 days a week, Monday - Friday, rota based. Future service development may eventually lead to 7 day a week working. Flexible working pattern, including part-time working and job-sharing can be positively explored.

Professionally Reports to: RDC Lead Nurse

Accountability to: RDC Assistant Director of Nursing

Main duties of the job

The first phase of the RDC offers a GP urgent referral service for patients with non-specific symptoms which could indicate cancer, as well as redirecting patients from cohorts of site specific Two Week Wait pathways. The RDC will provide a rapid evaluation of the patient to reach a definitive diagnosis, advice to the patient on management of their condition, signposting to appropriate support services and rapid onward treatment should cancer be diagnosed.

The post holder will work cross-site across the NCA between Oldham Community Diagnostic Centre and Salford Royal Hospital, where they will be involved in offering clinical care and clinical leadership within the RDC.

The role involves a mix of clinical leadership and daily managerial responsibility, requiring a candidate who can balance both these roles autonomously.

About us

Salford Care Organisation is part of the Northern Care Alliance, one of the largest NHS organisations in the country. A place with an outstanding reputation. Salford is the place which is taking bold, pioneering steps towards delivering a world class, fully integrated care system for adults. Twice rated Outstanding by the CQC, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust is responsible for delivering a range of community and primary care services and specialist services to Greater Manchester and beyond.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The NCA RDC Launched in June 2020, one of the first areas in the country to implement this programme. As we are expanding, we are looking for an experienced nurse manager, with awareness of cancer pathways desirable, to join our senior nursing team. You will contribute to the running and further development of this innovative diagnostic service for the communities we serve. This is an exciting opportunity for someone wanting to be a part of a team of that will help to revolutionise the pathway for the diagnosis of cancer.

The RDC is a Two Week Wait service for patients with non-specific but concerning symptoms which could indicate cancer, with the aim of enabling access to rapid diagnosis, or the exclusion of cancer, within 7-14 days. This is a nurse-led service, with senior medical input on hand as required. We are now looking to expand our senior nursing team with the recruitment of a second band 7

Responsibilities of the role to be shared amongst band 7 team include:
  • Working alongside RDC Lead Nurse in providing nursing clinical leadership across the RDC service and responsibility for ensuring the delivery of high quality patient care
  • Practicing autonomously and being self-directed, including leading on providing excellent patient care in line with developed RDC pathways and being a clinical champion to cascade best clinical practice.
  • In the absence of the Lead Nurse being accountable for co-ordinating patient care with the RDC Associate Nurse Specialists and RDC navigators
  • Providing line management support to the members of the RDC team including Associate Nurse Specialists and navigators as agreed with the RDC Lead Nurse
  • Supporting the Lead Nurse in taking responsibility for the implementation of audit, quality and risk management initiatives and support the evaluation of the RDC service
  • Representing the Trust and the speciality at both internal and external meetings related to the RDC service as appropriate
  • Being responsible for evaluating and delivering health promotion and screening advice, given opportunistically to patients as appropriate
  • Deputising for the RDC Lead Nurse where required.

  • To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about working at the Northern Care Alliance within the attached Candidate Information Pack or by visiting our careers website: www.careers.northerncarealliance.nhs.uk

    Person Specification



    • First level registered nurse, current registration with NMC



    • Health related degree or on a degree pathway
    • Relevant post registration Programme(s)
    • Extensive post-registration experience


    • Leadership development programme/modules
    • Teaching/assessing qualification/modules

    Knowledge, Skills and Experience


    • Experience of line-managing staff and undertaking appraisals
    • Experience of leading service delivery in a health care context
    • Knowledge of the prevention and early diagnosis element of the cancer pathway
    • Ability to empathise and build rapport with patients, carers, clinicians, front-line staff, managers, users and others
    • Well-developed communication, motivational and negotiation skills
    • Ability to understand a broad range of high complex information and present this effectively to multiple audiences
    • Ability to identify and highlight risks and issues
    • Ability to manage personal workload and be able to handle ad hoc urgent requests without prior notification and manage that effectively
    • Ability to deal sensitively with emotional and distressing circumstance if required
    • Promotes change, viewing it as an opportunity to learn and develop
    • Ability to work effectively in a team with appropriate support and supervision for junior members. Using effective people skills to maintain positive and productive relationships at all levels
    • Ability to travel to different sites as required


    • Experience in leading improvement and development work
    • Experience of undertaking nurse-led clinics
    • Experience of developing guidelines and reports

    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.

    Certificate of Sponsorship

    Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

    From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

    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

    Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust


    Community Diagnostic Centre

    Salmon Fields


    OL2 6JG

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