Clinical Nurse Specialist CUP

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Part Time
We have two post available across AOS and CUP- we would welcome candidates who would want part time working or who would consider a job share. Please specify on your application the hours you would like.

In the role you will act as an advocate for patient care, providing seamless and timely management of patients who have a finding of Cancer of Unknown Primary. Working alongside the Lead Nurse and the Clinical Lead you will help to support patients by providing an individualised and holistic plan of care and aid symptom management and support for patients and their families.

The main purpose of the role will be to provide support to the Lead Nurse and Clinical Lead for Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP) service across the acute Trust.

We are looking for an individual who is caring and shows enthusiasm to improve a patients cancer journey and be able to provide support at all levels of this journey, through diagnosis, treatment and end of life care. The ideal candidate will be able to work effectively with both patients and the wider MDT whilst working cohesively with the Lead Nurse in the handover and discussion of patient care.

This opportunity requires you to be committed, organised and an excellent communicator with excellent verbal and written communication skills. You must be able to work as part of a team, help to co-ordinate the caseload of patients whilst also supporting each other in a fast paced environment.

Main duties of the job

You will ensure Cancer of Unknown Primary patients are managed in a rapid process to ensure there are no delays to diagnosis and treatment ensuring physical and psychological symptoms are managed and professionals are guided on symptom management.

A key aspect of this role will be supporting patients through the uncertainty of a CUP diagnosis and be present for breaking bad news helping clinicians to deliver this sensitively. You will be pivotal in the CUP and Oncology MDT as a key worker and help with the development and running of CUP clinics alongside the service and oncology lead.

The post holder will support the Lead Nurse for Cancer of Unknown Primary in the ongoing pathway developments and CUP Clinics. You will need to show an ability to support change management as the service continues to expand and develop, in particular you will need to be able to communicate to the wider Trust the pathway for CUP patients.

The ability to foster good working relationships and proven ability to work cohesively as part of a team is pivotal

We are keen to invite to interview Nurses who encompass the above, meet the essential criteria in the person specification and can show a caring nature and specific interest in CUP. We would welcome informal discussion with all candidates prior to application/interview.

About us

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is a combined acute and community Trust serving a population of over 260,000 with over 4,500 staff. Our vision is to always act the right way and be proud to provide exceptional healthcare to the communities of Rotherham. We are working successfully with partners across South Yorkshire as part of the Integrated Care Board where we are leading and collaborating in several key work streams and service areas, including workforce development. We combine our patient first approach with innovation and care against a backdrop of system working, as encapsulated in our Trust values

AMBITIOUS - We set high standards for the services we deliver. We aim to be an outstanding Trust and we are enthusiastic about delivering excellent health care for our patients.

CARING - We embrace the importance of giving the highest possible quality of care for our patients. We also care for each other as colleagues and for the community, our resources, our environment and our future.

TOGETHER - We value the importance of working together with patients, carers and families to ensure that we provide high quality patient centred care. We are committed to working with partners and stakeholders across Rotherham, South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw to develop sustainable services for the population we serve. Getting the right leaders in the Trust is critical to achieving.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion, for both our patients and our workforce.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details of the role and responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Registered General Nurse
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • Post-basic qualification in cancer/palliative care or relevant subject or working towards
  • Advanced Communications Skills Training or prepared to work towards



  • Experience of working at Band 5
  • Experience of multi-professional working
  • Experience of audit and research


  • Specialist palliative care/oncology experience
  • Experience of treating Oncological Emergencies and complex symptom management.
  • Experience of working within Cancer Care and knowledge of treatments.



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  • IT literate
  • Teaching and presentation skills
  • Organisations skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Flexible attitude to working to meet the requirements of the service
  • Ability to deal with complex and difficult emotional situations
  • Knowledge of palliative care symptom management and experience using medications commonly used within palliative care.

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

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust


Rotherham Nhs Foundation Trust

120 Moorgate Road


South Yorkshire

S60 2TY

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