Clinical Nurse Specialist - Lead Colorectal CNS

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

A unique opportunity has arisen for an experienced Colorectal Clinical Nurse Specialist, to join and lead the excellent Colorectal CNS Team at UHBW

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to lead our nursing team and be a pivotal part of the service .

This post holder will lead a team of established Colorectal CNS with the Nurse Led service

The post holder will work 37.75 hours and will be based at Bristol Royal

Applications for this post are invited from nurses who are experienced in colorectal nursing.

We are looking for an individual who is flexible, dynamic, self-motivated and reliable. You should uphold excellent communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team. You will play an active part in clinical practice, education, research/audit and the implementation of national guidelines as well as be a key proponent in the delivery of the service.

You should have strong critical thinking and problem solving skills and as well as experience in service improvement and management of a team and service

Main duties of the job

The role will involve the clinical assessment of patients, at various stages of their colorectal pathway.

The post holder will run clinics, both face to face and telephone

As an experienced stoma care nurse specialist, the post holder will be an active member of the multi-disciplinary team, working collaboratively with colorectal surgeons, oncologists, palliative care team, primary care, as well as a link to other teams within the hospital and community.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to practice autonomously and demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge in relation to the care of colorectal patients. The post holder will run nurse led clinics, provide ward based education and facilitate effective health care delivery. Leadership, innovation, motivation and excellent communication skills are essential as is the ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.

The ability to be flexible and organised in the workplace with a passion for delivering a quality and successful service is essential. We are looking for a committed, enthusiastic, innovative and flexible individual with the ability to work in a potentially demanding and diverse workflow and to work on his/her own initiative, as a lead of the team.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds; city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Active 1st level registration with NMC
  • Non-medical prescriber qualification with the NMC
  • Masters level study or equivalent experience
  • Teaching/Mentoring qualification or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development through maintenance of professional portfolio and registration revalidation

Knowledge and Experience


  • Thorough and up to date knowledge of nursing theory and best practice particularly within speciality area
  • Evidence of recent teaching experience
  • Significant relevant clinical experience in specialist area -
  • Experience of undertaking research or audit projects
  • Excellent IT skills


  • Experience and knowledge of advanced practice/protocols
  • Knowledge of the ostomate cohort of the UHBW catchment

Skills and Abilities


  • Highly effective communication skills - verbally and written to staff, patients and relatives including in situations of conflict or distress
  • Expert in specific area of practice and takes accountability for own actions
  • Able to gain credibility and influence colleagues including influencing clinical changes where appropriate
  • Strong organisational skills - prioritising complex situations
  • Demonstrates ability to implement and utilise audit data to improve quality
  • The ability to lead and influence change
  • Able to advise on and implement improvements to the quality and efficiency of care for patients
  • Ability to act as facilitator, mentor, and supervisor to colleagues
  • Flexibility, adaptability to meet needs of a changing service
  • Commitment to the development and provision of high-quality nursing care
  • Ability to cope with sensitive and sometimes distressing emotional issues, and to support others

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