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Specialist Screening Practitioner - Bowel Cancer Screening

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
? Providing specialist nursing and acting as an identified key worker for patients participating in the Bowel Cancer Screening programme.? Collaborating with a range of health professionals within the multidisciplinary team to ensure efficient and effective operation of the service.? Providing advice, education and support to patients, their carers and other health care professionals arising as a consequence of the screening programme.? Acting as the patient advocate, supporting them to make informed choices throughout the screening process.? Assessing and preparing patients for colorectal examination? Participate in health promotion activities with local services and charities to improve access to screening.? Populating and maintaining the local Bowel Screening programme database.? Working collaboratively with the Programme Hub.? The post holder will work to agreed professional, departmental and Trust boundaries as required providing patient-centred seamless care.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will require excellent communication skills and a holistic and empathetic approach in patient assessment. Interest and experience in endoscopy, polyp management, colorectal caner nursing or bowel cancer care would be advantageous, though not essential. The applicant should have an appreciation for public health concepts, particularly in population screening and health promotion / education methodologies. To ensure a patient centred service is offered, the ability to work flexibly, both remotely and across site is essential.

Based in the Endoscopy Department at both our John Radcliffe Hospital and Horton General Hospital, the role involves delivering autonomous nurse-led clinics, follow up histology assessment and and specialist practitioner support during endoscopic procedure. In addition, regular health promotion activities are undertaken to promote the programme with primary care colleagues, charity groups such as Bowel Cancer UK and our 'hard-to-reach' populations, such as prisons.

The successful applicant will receive a structured orientation programme, detailed IT training and a funded educational module (at either L6 degree or L7 masters level) specific to developing in the Specialist Screening Practitioner role. Opportunities for Continuing Professional Development and further academic study are available and actively encouraged.

Closing Date and time: 25th September 2023, 11.59 PM

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. Find out more

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. The Trust values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Functional ResponsibilitiesCommunication and Working RelationshipsPatients and Relatives Provide advice, information and support for those patients referred to the screening centre. Maintain accurate, up to date patient records To be patients advocate at case conference discussions in MDT meetings To offer support and information when being given bad newsBowel Cancer Screening Specialist Screening Practitioner JD and PSPage 2 Communicate with patients in ways which empower them to make informed choices about their health and health care.Colleagues and Peers Establish effective links with members of the multidisciplinary team in order to ensure timely presentation and transfer of patients with a cancer diagnosis in order to optimise the planning and delivery of care and treatment of these patients. Work in collaboration with endoscopy leads and nursing team to deliver patient-centered care, minimising on the day delays and supporting shared care.Clinical Responsibilities Be responsible for care delivery to patients identified by the screening programme and meet the needs of patients arising as a result of:o Having been called to participate in screening,o Having been identified as positive on screening,o Needing to be assessed as fit to undertake screening, colonoscopy or alternative diagnostic investigations.o Needing to be able to make informed decisions prior undergoing screening colonoscopy or alternative diagnostic interventions.o Having been identified as requiring further intervention, treatment, surveillance, follow up or discharge. Ensure timely access to screening colonoscopy or alternative diagnostic intervention and seamless transition to agreed pathways in primary, secondary, tertiary or outpatient care settings, during all stages of the screening process. Assess and identify physical, psychosocial and psychosexual needs of patients with positive screening tests or those who are participating in the bowel scope screening programme Provide patients and their relatives with information, advice and emotional support in the hospital and the community.Training and Education Provide patients and their relatives with information, advice and emotional support in the hospital and the community. Provide appropriate education to patients and their families and encourage their participation in the planned programme of treatment and care. Maintain adequate patient documentation to NMC requirements for all patients seen and advice given in any practice setting. Act as a mentor for new team members and nursing students on clinical placement as requiredDelivery and Improvement Work collaboratively and in partnership with other health care professionals, offering appropriate support and advice on bowel cancer screening to colleagues. Support the helpline service run by the Bowel Cancer Screening Hub by resolving queries referred by them to the screening centre: providing advice, information and support to callers. Perform comprehensive assessment of patient needs, plan, implement and evaluate care within BCSP standards Demonstrate and share clinical practice development to provide evidence-based care and contribute to service improvement in accordance with local / national policy initiatives. Participate in team safety huddles and contribute to the shared learning environment to ensure safe and best practices are delivered.Bowel Cancer Screening Specialist Screening Practitioner JD and PSPage 3Research and Development In conjunction with lead SSP and Programme Manager, monitor national standards and participate in ongoing data collection, quatliy assurance and service feedback In conjuction with the lead SSP and Programme Manager, identify and support the development of specialist guidelines and protocols Assist in the evaluation of the service and patient care, including patient satisfaction as required. Ensure adherence to national screening and clinical governance standards. Contribute appropriately to clinical governance activities that relate to the area of practice and patient group.Self development Complete mandatory Liverpool John Moores University post graduate certificate for bowel cancer screening practitioners Achieves OUH domains and competences for specialist nurse practitioners Identify learning needs, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of education to meet identified need.Risk ManagementThe management of risk is the responsibility of everyone and will be achieved within a progressive, honest and open environment. Staff will be provided with the necessary education, training and support to enable them to meet this responsibility.Staff should be familiar with the Major Incident Policy Fire Policyand should make themselves familiar with the local response plan and their role within that response.RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HEALTH & SAFETYThe post holder is responsible for ensuring that all duties and responsibilities of this post are carried out in compliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974,Statutory Regulations and Trust Policies and Procedures. This will be supported by the provision of training and specialist advice where required.This job description should be regarded only as a guide to the duties required and is not intended to be definitive. Reponsibilites can change with the development of the programme. It may be reviewed in the light of the changing circumstances following consultation with the post holder. The job description does not form part of the contract of employment.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse with NMC pin
  • On appt: ability to study at masters or degree level for completion of Post Graduate Certificate in Bowel Cancer Screening


  • PG module / PGCert / PGDip in healthcare or public health
  • Health Promotion qualification
  • Communications course
  • Mentoring, teaching or assessing qualification



  • Patient assessment, history taking, consenting procedures
  • Awareness of Clinical Governance and Risk Management
  • Working in a Multidisciplinary team environment
  • Awareness of national agenda relating to bowel cancer screening services
  • Experience in public health interventions or programmes
  • Experience of working under cancer wait time targets


  • Endoscopy experience - nursing, admission, discharge, in-room assistance, recovery, advice on post procedural care
  • Experience of lower GI Disease (benign and malignant) including polyp morphology, histopathology and follow on endoscopic investigations
  • Knowledge of BSG Polyp Surveillance guidance and how this affects the patient journey and outcome
  • Experience in carrying out peer reviews and audits
  • Experience in carrying out peer reviews and audits

Aptitudes and skills required


  • Experience in direct patient care
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings to varying levels of understanding
  • Ability to address barriers of communication and provide solutions
  • Excellent organisational skills, particularly caseload management
  • IT literacy: Ability to use a variety of NHS clinical IT systems and Microsoft applications such as emails, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Teams
  • Ability to maintain accurate records using multiple digital systems
  • Ability to give education to a wide variety of audiences, e.g. patient and family, primary care providers (e.g. GPs), charity sectors, other stakeholders

Personal Qualities


  • 'Can-do' attitude to work and enjoys a challenge
  • Positive individual with ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to adapt quickly and effectively, working in partnership within and across boundaries (e.g. working with insourced providers)
  • Effective communicator and ability to build rapport quickly with multiple teams
  • Ability to communicate empathetically, breaking bad news to patients and provide signposting and support to patients and carers
  • Ability to manage workload autonomously
  • Evidence of continuing professional development

Special requirements of the post


  • Ability to work flexibly, both remote and on site working across John Radcliffe and Horton Hospitals
  • Ability to work some unsocial hours including Saturday, Sunday and evenings

Physical / Mental effort


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