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Specialist Chemotherapy Nurse (Band 6)

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

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

Following a recent uplift to the nursing establishment, an exciting opportunity has arisen for motivated nurses to work in a busy Haematology & Oncology Day Unit. We are looking for enthusiastic nurses who can work dynamically and at a fast pace to ensure safe and effective care delivery. We have close links with Hope for Tomorrow who support by the loan of 2 Mobile Cancer Care Units.

The successful candidates will have a clear vision of quality care delivery and will be committed to helping to develop and improve the Haematology / Oncology service at Airedale General Hospital.

Main duties of the job

  • To work on the Haematology Oncology Day Unit (HODU) & Mobile Cancer Care Units (MCCU) supporting patients, and their carers, who are receiving chemotherapy and supportive treatments for haematology/oncology conditions
  • The post is an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team which contributes to the effective and economic use of available resources.
  • Responsibilities include involvement in the day to day management and co-ordination of HODU.

About us

Responsibilities include coordination of patients care, communicating with and supporting patients and relatives on the patient helpline, providing information and answering enquiries, signposting and referring to appropriate services. Ensuring patients are provided with written information about various tests and procedures. Collating test results and ensuring they are available for clinic appointments and uploading onto electronic systems (ppm, S1) Undertaking Macmillan holistic needs assessments and assessing patient's needs as well as performing general administrative tasks

Job description

Job responsibilities


Maintain a high standard of nursing care for ill patients in accordance with Airedale Hospital Trusts guidelines and protocols. Contribute towards the development of clinical practice by participating in practice, and self-development programmes on the unit.


Performance standardsThe post holder will: Demonstrate an ability to prioritise and organise clinical workload. Exercise initiative when caring for patients. Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills and work effectively as a team member. Liaise with senior colleagues to assess, plan, implement and evaluate individual plans of care for the acutely ill patient. Prioritise and organise workload to ensure continuity of care and treatment throughout the shift. Demonstrate professional accountability and work within own limitations. Maintain accurate legal records of care. Demonstrate a thorough and concise verbal handover which reflects the care and treatment given to the patient over the course of a shift. Keep the senior nurse informed of untoward incidents and maintain accurate documentation in accordance with the Trusts policies. Participate in the audit and evaluation of clinical practice in the interests of quality care.


1. Demonstrates leadership through clinical expertise, delivering high standards of person centred care.

2. Co-ordinate the electronic diary for HODU and the MCCU ensuring manageable workload for staff ensuring care is not compromised. Liaising with the Doctors and pharmacists to ensure correct treatment and dose is prescribed in conjunction with the parameters for each regime.

3. Act as a practice assessor / supervisor

4. Participate in the daily management of the electronic Health Roster

5. Undertake the role of nurse-initiated triage.

6. To assess patients ensuring they are fit for receiving chemotherapy by using specialist assessment tools.

7. Participate in the processes of educating and discussing with patients and their carers' chemotherapy treatment and obtaining informed consent.

8. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate effective nursing care and support for patients and their carers receiving chemotherapy or supportive treatment for Oncology/ Haematology conditions and cancer in accordance with evidenced based standards policies and procedures set.

9. Assess peoples information needs and provides relevant information to meet those needs.

10. Working to agreed protocols commence chemotherapy procedure.

11. Monitor patients progress, ensuring accurate record of all relevant observations and take appropriate action in the event of a clinical incident.

12. Facilitated by the CNS and following competency assessment, under the scope of professional practice, take on the required extended practices of cannulation, care for central catheters and administration of intravenous drug and chemotherapy treatments, both infusional and bolus, to fulfil job role. The post holder will require extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the vein.

13. Working in conjunction with the research nurses ensure patients enrolled in research trials adhere strictly to the trial protocols and collect and record the required data.

14. Partake in nurse led discharge as per defined criteria which will include compiling discharge letters under the supervision of the CNSs.

15. Liaise effectively with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, other health care professionals, primary care and voluntary agencies to ensure patients receive comprehensive integrated care.

16. To liaise with the Multi-disciplinary team regarding day unit patients.

17. To give support and advice to general wards and departments regarding chemotherapy regimens and assist with CVAD care and maintenance.

18. Act as the patients advocate and support junior staff in this act

19. Report any clinical incidents or concerns to the senior nursing leadership team promptly

20. Organise own clinical workload ensuring effective use of time

21. Participate and suggest shift patterns to ensure the service is safe, effective and developing

22. Respond to any patients, relatives or carers concerns as they arise and take appropriate action, reporting to the Senior Sister.

23. Communicate effectively with patients and carers to promote a positive patient involvement and experience which will help patients make informed choices


1. Maintain effective and accurate patient records in accordance with national and local standards.

2. Investigate and document all accidents, untoward incidents, near misses, theft,complaints, loss or damage of equipment reporting immediately to senior Nursing Staff in accordance with local policies and legislation.

3. Ensure local policy and legislation is adhered to in relation to the custody, ordering and administration of drugs

4. Investigate and document accidents, untoward incidents, complaints, loss or damage of equipment or theft, reporting to Unit Manager/Operational manager immediately in accordance with trust policy.


1. Maintain and develop own practice in accordance with NMC revalidation requirements and personal development plan produced as part of staff development review process.

2. Take part in the processes of clinical supervision, staff development review, and support and training of junior staff.

3. Participate in the relevant education of other health care professionals relating to clinical area of practice.

4. Be aware of current developments in relevant clinical area of practice and assist in the implementation of evidenced based changes into practice.

5. Assist the HODU manager and CNSs in the effective management and control of resources including manpower and materials, including day to day co-ordination of HODU as required.

6. Participate and lead in audit/research as designated by the Unit Manager /CNS.

7. To attend relevant specialist courses regarding chemotherapy.

8. To participate in the staff education/teaching board and staff journal critiquing.

9. Takes professional responsibility for ensuring effective communication between all service users and multi-disciplinary teams.

Person Specification



  • Studied to Diploma level or equivalent
  • Registered with NMC
  • Post registration oncology / haematology / chemotherapy course
  • Significant post registration experience in an NHS setting
  • Recent evidence of study / personal development
  • IV Drug delivery competencies
  • Cannulation and phlebotomy competencies
  • Access to CVADs competencies
  • Administration of Blood and Blood Components competencies


  • BSc / MSc in Health care studies or equivalent
  • Recognised teaching qualification (SLIP / ENB998 / D32 or D33)
  • Leadership qualification (eg: Edward Jenner Programme / Rising Stars programme)
  • UKONS SACT Passport
  • AIMS / ILS / ALS
  • Advanced communications skills
  • Knowledge of palliative care issues



  • Experience caring for patients with oncology / haematology conditions
  • Experience of administering chemotherapy
  • Experience of multi-professional working
  • Ability to support and influence
  • Ability to deal with difficult emotional situations


  • Computer skills - Systm 1 / Chemo care / e-obs / ePMA / ICE
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Experience with managing change in the work place
  • Evidence of leadership skills



  • Knowledge of the NHS Constitution & \Understanding the new NHS.
  • Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of health and safety issues

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