Clinical Nurse Specialist - Acute Haemato-Oncology

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
6 Jun 2023
Job summary

Are you looking to work in our fantastic oncology team?

The Macmillan acute haemato-oncology team was established in 2013 and is well respected across Musgrove Park Hospital (Somerset Foundation Trust) supporting patients admitted as an emergency with cancer treatment or disease related toxicity/ symptoms.

The role of Acute Haemato-Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist is to facilitate in face to face clinical reviews of patients, acute telephone triage of treatment toxicities and ongoing service review and development.

Service delivery is in line with the national guidance, policy and Peer Review.

The operational hours of the service are Monday-Friday 8-8 and weekends and bank holidays 8-12.

It is an exciting opportunity with progression possibilities available for the right candidate with opportunity to become a band 7 when competent.

As well as taking pride in caring for our patients, we also prioritise taking care of our employees! You will be part of a compassionate and friendly team who understand the challenges that arise when working on an oncology ward and the importance of supporting one another through these.

We welcome informal discussion prior to applying - please contact us on 01823 344227

Main duties of the job

Outreaching from the Beacon Centre the successful candidate will work cohesively in this multi-professional team providing clinical advice and support to patients admitted as a consequence of their cancer or its treatment.

The ability to work with the wider health care team (acute medicine, ED, radiology, therapies, palliative care) underpins practice; education and training is essential to support the learning needs of non-specialist staff.

Clinical audit and service review and development are integral components of the role.

About us

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust:endeavours to provide development opportunities for those looking to develop a career in the NHS, in both clinical and non-clinical roles.

Through our training programmes, individuals can earn a salary, develop their skills, and achieve a nationally recognised qualification, all whilst contributing towards delivering excellent patient care.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

As an organisation,the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to entire job description. Salient aspects of the role as follows:

The post holder will provide specialist services to cancer patients as outlined below:
  • develop advanced clinical expertise, with an emphasis on clinical examination and assessment skills, and be able to manage patients with rapidly changing clinical conditions such as febrile neutropenia, malignant spinal cord compression
  • work in a clinical setting to assess, plan and deliver high quality emergency care to an individual with cancer.
  • provide an assessment service to ensure responsive triage (via the cancer helpline including weekends and bank holidays) and implementation of appropriate and timely clinical care for patients with complications of diagnosed cancer and or its associated treatment
  • proactive delivery of preventative care to minimise the risks of the effects of cancer and its treatments
  • work alongside other clinical colleagues in oncology, haematology, specialist palliative care, surgery, acute medicine, radiotherapy, radiology and pathology to maximise quality of patient care
  • develop and implement clinical policies/ guidelines, education and audit programmes relevant to acute oncology service delivery
  • develop, implement, maintain and monitor standards of care to ensure patient safety and quality of care and to work with the Clinical Lead to resolve failures of standards of care in all areas of the patient environment

Person Specification



  • NMC registered RN with post qualification experience - Degree level
  • High level of clinical expertise in an acute care setting
  • Sound knowledge of the care and management of oncological emergencies
  • Sound knowledge of haematology cancers
  • Solid clinical skill base including venepuncture, cannulation, IV administration and medicines management.


  • Master's level degree or evidence of working at master's level or willingness to learn
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Non-medical prescribing qualification
  • Cancer care course at degree level
  • Physical assessment and clinical reasoning course
  • Up-to-date knowledge and understanding of national and local cancer issues and developments

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