Trust Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
£60,983 to £70,536 a year includes high cost area supplements (HCAS)
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 8B
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Royal Surrey to have a Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse for a two year fixed term contract.

St Lukes Cancer Centre is the specialist cancer unit based at the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust Hospital. Established in 1996 and serving a population of approximately 1.2 million across Surrey and West Sussex, it is highly regarded for the excellent care it provides and for its work with the University of Surrey and major pharmaceutical companies in conducting vital research to support the development of new cancer treatments.

Main duties of the job

We are excited to offer this post to an enthusiastic individual who is an experienced cancer nurse. Someone who is able to work as part of the wider MDT and has great communication skills is essential. There will be much networking to ensure that patients receive gold standard care in all cancer care metrics.

To find out more about the job please contact Sarah Etherington Associate Director of Nursing for Oncology on either email or phone 01483 571122 ext 6883.

About us

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust is a friendly, supportive, busy but welcoming acute and community Trust that is ambitious about developing our services and your career.

Our compassionate, caring and friendly colleagues make up our Royal Surrey family and are at the heart of what we do. We all have a passion for learning, continuous improvement and excelling together through innovation, research and development. There are over 4,500 members of our Royal Surrey family.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in the community and homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall Good rating from the CQC with Medical care (including older peoples care), End of Life Care and Maternity services being deemed Outstanding by the CQC. We are investing in our colleagues through our health and wellbeing programme and a commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than �45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years.

There has never been a better time to join us.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The Lead Cancer Nurse role, which will have a clear role in leading expert practice, shaping and developing the service, contributing strategically to reviews and service developments.

The role will particularly focus on improving care for patients with cancer and in providing strong cancer nursing and AHP leadership.

The post holder will lead quality improvement initiatives and service redesign within cancer care across the organisation.

The role will be actively involved and provide leadership to the cancer education programme.

The post holder will be a highly experienced specialist within the field of cancer nursing and a credible practitioner.


To inform, direct and provide clinical leadership in developing cancer services in all aspects of nursing care throughout the Trust and Surrey and Sussex Cancer Alliance, including to inform, direct and provide assessment of current service, promotion of evidence based practice, contribution to strategic decision-making, ensuring patient and public involvement

Lead responsibility for strategic workforce planning and monitoring of the Cancer Nursing Specialist workforce to ensure delivery of national, Surrey and Sussex Cancer Alliance and local strategies to deliver the national cancer quality measures.

Trust-wide professional leadership for cancer nursing teams, to advance the development and practice of evidence-based cancer nursing in the Trust, in line with national recommendations and standards where these are available.

To have oversight of cancer waiting times against national targets and will provide expertise to the divisions ensuring patient safety and high standards of care.

In collaboration with other senior members of the Trust Cancer Management team, take joint responsibility for the development of the Trust Cancer Strategy and within that, policy and service development.

To lead relevant work streams of the cancer improvement programme.

To be the lead nurse for the Trusts interface for nursing, AHP and supportive care related issues with the Surrey and Sussex Cancer Alliance and positively contribute to the future direction of cancer services.

To be the cancer lead for professional education and development of nurses and AHPs across the Trust ensuring close working relations with the practice development teams trust wide to ensure equity of training across the trust. To work with heads of departments and Higher Education Institutes locally and nationally.

Person Specification



  • Highly developed leadership skills, including demonstrable transformational style
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral
  • Strong relationship development and management skills with senior management, peers and senior clinical colleagues
  • Thorough understanding of current NHS policy
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to develop and manage staff
  • Influencing and negotiating skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Standard keyboard skills


  • Coaching/mentoring experience/skills



  • Registered Nurse
  • Masters degree or equivalent educational or experience to meet this requirement
  • Post graduate qualification (M) in Health-related Subject
  • Recognised management and/or leadership qualification
  • Evidence of continual professional development
  • Evidence of project management experience


  • Experience and/or teaching qualification
  • Published work in a clinical or health care area
  • Mentoring/Coaching qualification
  • Project management qualification

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