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Upper GI Cancer Nurse Specialist

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 6
Part Time
Job summary

We are delighted to advertise this part time substantive Band 6 Upper Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Specialist Nurse position based in Worthing Hospital which is part of the cancer centre trust, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.

This post will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to work within a team of three UGI Cancer CNSs and the wider MDT, providing outstanding patient care and supporting service development within the UGI Cancer nursing service.

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic, adaptable, and self-motivated individual who is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of patients affected by cancer, whilst gaining experience in cancer care.

As a service we are keen to encourage ongoing professional development. The post holder will be able to build on existing skills, as well as develop new skills, that can improve and enhance the UGI cancer patients' pathway.

If you'd like to be part of a growing and forward thinking service, focused on development of their staff and constantly improving patient care, then we'd like to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

To develop clinical excellence, leadership, and innovation within a group of specialties, through specialist knowledge

The post-holder will have responsibility and accountability for supporting a caseload of patients through the cancer pathway, from suspected cancer, new cancer diagnosis, treatment, and those with recurrent or advanced disease, acting as patient advocate and keyworker

To holistically assess and plan care for patients with complex needs, planning, evaluating, coordinating and communicating care, to streamline and support patients through pathway

To work autonomously with the support and guidance of the multi-disciplinary team.

To assist band 7 CNSs in the development and support of MDT, nursing, and allied health professionals, acting as an expert resource

To use specialist nursing skills and knowledge to holistically assess, plan care and evaluate needs and interventions for in-patients and out-patients, with suspected cancer, confirmed cancer, undergoing curative or palliative treatment for cancer, or with recurrent or advanced disease. There will be close working with specialist centres. Support Band 7s to develop services. Also to act as an expert resource, assess, contribute and deliver education to patients/carers, medical, nursing, AHP and social care colleagues and students, including primary and community care teams

About us

Join us at UHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

A t UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Act as a key worker for a clinical case load, communicating complex and life-altering clinical information, under guidance of the MDT as appropriate.
  • To meet patients at diagnosis and provide specialist assessment and support.
  • Support people to access, select and interpret complex technical information to enable informed choice and decision making
  • Provide clinical expertise, specialist advice and support across services
  • Put quality at the heart of practice by delivering evidence based individualised care, actively integrating theory and practice, through complex holistic needs assessment, care planning and evaluation, to maximise physical and psychological health.
  • Assess patients information needs and provide or signpost to relevant information.
  • Develop clinical expertise to assess and manage, complex and specialised interventions, including advanced skills, knowledge and nurse led work, which could also include performing some interventions.

Person Specification



  • RGN
  • Degree or willingness to undertake
  • Oncology or Speciality qualification or experience
  • Evidence of continued Professional development


  • Research
  • Teaching qualification or experience
  • UGI Experience
  • Psychological Skills Training or willingness to undertake
  • Masters level modules or willingness to undertake

Policy and Development


  • Experience of supporting change


  • User involvement

Patient Client Care


  • Patient Advocate
  • Showing understanding of what the role applied for involves

Personal Qualities


  • Team player
  • Experience of autonomous working
  • Dynamic and self motivated



  • Advanced communication skills to deliver complex / life altering information or willingness to undertake training


  • Advanced communication skills training
  • Leadership and motivational

Knowledge and Training


  • Breadth of relevant nursing experience
  • Experience of MDT and cross organisational working


  • Knowledge of cancer treatments, long and short term effects
  • Previous experience as a cancer nurse specialist or undertaken as specialist nurse role

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