Band 5 Nurse- Oncology

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£32,466 to £39,521 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
21 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Are you an experienced chemotherapy nurse? Would you like to join a successful team delivering best patient care at this purpose built hospital?

The Infusion Suite is a nurse led Satellite Oncology and Haematology day unit with 17 treatment chairs that treats Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust Patients.

The successful candidate will be expected to liaise appropriately with all key members of the multi-disciplinary team and service users related to the speciality. We support ongoing training and development both in-house and with external courses/programmes. The successful candidate is required to be able to demonstrate the Trust values, the responsibilities of the job description and person specification.

We offer following benefits:
  • Preceptorship and individually tailored training.
  • On-Going learning and development opportunities including leadership courses
  • Individually tailored career development pathways
  • Internal rotation opportunities
  • Flexible working (varied across services)
  • Accommodation (varied across the sites)
  • Nurseries and childcare vouchers
  • Keep Fit schemes and access to staff gym and swimming pool
  • Our hospitals are located close to many attractions with easy and fast transport links to central London

Each new starter will be allocated �1000 towards a module in their first year

Main duties of the job

The main duties for this role are described in detail in the job description and person specification document, that is attached to this vacancy. Please ensure to read through to further your understanding of the role.

About us

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated army of staff care for over 1.6million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A&E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17million tests.

Our size, scale and influence offer you unrivalled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that works around your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we make it easier to take your career to the top

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Job description

Job responsibilities

    • Maintain a professional behaviour at all times and promote a positive image of Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust at all times, in line with World Class Care values.
    • To be responsible for the unsupervised assessment of patient care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of plans of care, ensuring high standards of evidence based care.
    • To undertake all nursing procedures in accordance with Trust policies and ensure that these procedures and policies are understood and adhered to by all staff, within own management responsibility.
    • To contribute to the development of evidence based guidelines/policies relating to speciality.
    • Be able to act as ward co-ordinator and ensure the safe and timely management of patients
    • To act as support for other ward nurses in relation to SACT care.
    • Complete Cannulation Skills Training and the SACT Workbook. To complete level 3 chemotherapy administration programme to administer cytotoxic drugs and educate patients regarding their treatment
    • Safely escort patients to other areas and collect chemotherapy from key departments.
    • To ensure accurate and comprehensive nursing records are maintained using appropriate written and electronic documentation.
    • To collect data and provide essential information in a timely and accurate manner when requested for e.g. audits or monitoring CQC standards.
    • To measure patient acuity and/or dependency to inform evidence-based decision making on staffing and workforce.
    • To monitor and record planned vs actual staffing levels and escalate issues when necessary.
    • To be responsible for ensuring effective mechanisms are in place so that all clinical and non-clinical incidents, including serious incidents are properly reported, investigated and changes made to avoid recurrence.
    • To establish effective working relations with all members of the multi-disciplinary team to promote good communication and a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care.
    • To supervise unqualified staff, to ensure that they have the knowledge, skills and resources to carry out delegated aspects of care.
    • To ensure high standards of care are given to all patients, monitoring this through spot checks and clinical quality indicators outcome measures.
    • Contribute to patient and relative feedback by undertaking daily clinical rounds with the aim of providing excellent standards of care.
    • To collaborate in the assessment of patient care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of plans of care, ensuring high standards of evidence based care.
    • To ensure communication with patients and significant others is established, ensuring empathy and reassurance regarding, assessment, care and treatment.
    • Be accountable at all times for ensuring that safeguards are in place for patients, in particular those adults or children at risk.
    • To facilitate early discharge planning being carried out to enable appropriate arrangements to be in place for patients leaving hospital or transferring in order to achieve a safe and timely discharge from hospital.
    • To ensure that all patients are cared for in a clean and well-maintained clinical area, ensuring that all staff are aware that they are directly responsible for cleanliness standards when in charge and escalating issues when necessary.
    • Ensure that all staff act in accordance with Trust policies such as Infection Prevention and Control, Confidentiality, Health & Safety and Equal Opportunities.
    • Assist with the development of, and implementation of, local and trust wide policies, procedures, guidelines and protocols.
    • To be aware of the research process and current trends.
    • In collaboration with the Senior Sister/Charge Nurse, audit agreed clinical guidelines of practice, policies and benchmarks within area of clinical responsibility.
    • Resolve any concerns about levels of care or incidents involving patients escalating to the Matron/Senior Sister and reporting via the Trusts incident reporting system.
    • Contribute to discussions and plans regarding service improvements and initiatives.
    • Takes an active role in the ward environment needs, being alert to possible sources of cross-infection, maintaining safe and clear walkways and bed areas, ensure fire exits remain clear and equipment and supplies are stored correctly.
    • To be responsible for ensuring confidentiality and safekeeping of patient records.
    • Accountable for efficient and economical use of ward supplies.
    • Take an active role in the induction and orientation of new Nursing Assistants.
    • Demonstrates effective time management and prioritisation of workload.
    • Demonstrates good leadership skills and ensure that communication is effective between the patient, relatives and members of the multidisciplinary team.
    • In the absence of the junior sister take charge of the ward
    • To develop skills to be able to investigate accidents, incidents and complaints, implementing corrective actions where necessary and in consultation. To liaise with the Senior Matron and Complaints and Clinical Risk Management Teams appropriately.
    • Have an awareness of cost implications and assist in the management of resources within the clinical area e.g. equipment, supplies.
    • To contribute to the planning and organising of service improvements.

    • To be responsible for ensuring confidentiality and safekeeping of patient records.
    • To ensure that there is effective communication systems in place to allow staff to keep abreast of developments in the organisation including unit meetings.

  • 7.1To be aware of the research process and current trends.

    7.2 In collaboration with the Matron, and clinical lead, audit agreed clinical guidelines of practice, policies and benchmarks within area of clinical responsibility.

    Person Specification

    Royal Free World Class Values


    • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values

    Education & professional Qualifications


    • oFirst Level Registration
    • oEvidence of recent and ongoing professional development


    • oPost qualification in relevant speciality
    • oRecognized teaching or mentorship qualification or working towards



    • oPost registration experience working in an acute hospital setting
    • oAwareness of current professional nursing issues
    • oDemonstrates sound knowledge of infection control standards
    • oDemonstrates understanding of the importance of audit/quality

    Skills and aptitudes


    • oAbility to plan and prioritise workload
    • oProven communication skills and ability to negotiate
    • oSkilled in use of computer/key board
    • oAbility to supervise registered and unregistered staff
    • oAbility to work well within a team
    • oKnowledge of risk management
    • Ability to lead change and service improvement
    • oAware of quality and safety standards and ward audit requirements
    • oTo maintain a safe clinical environment conducive to patient care

    Personal Qualities & Attributes


    • oAbility to demonstrate initiative and solve problems
    • oAbility to work as a team and form professional relationships with colleagues
    • oEnthusiastic and assertive
    • oAdaptable to change
    • oDiplomatic and calm
    • oTo be flexible and approachable
    • oAbility to work rotating shifts

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