Senior Staff Nurse (BAND 6) - Rapid Diagnostic

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a nurse looking to develop your leadership skills? Are you keen to dramatically enhance patients' treatment experience? We are seeking a committed nurse to join our team in providing leadership & expertise to a team of nurses.

The nature of cancer care is changing, this is an exciting opportunity to be a part of our ever-expanding ambulatory care focus. We see patients at all stages of their illness and treatment. We are looking for nurses with the compassion and vision to thrive within the many challenges & rewards of this environment. You will need to be adaptable, organised and enjoy playing a role in teaching, appraising and supporting staff.

Our new state-of-the-art Cancer centre opened in Sutton in July 2023.The post holder will work in the new cancer centre, spending time co-ordinating in the Rapid Diagnostic Centre & Outpatients.

You will manage a variety of clinics, including one-stop breast clinics, nurse-led wound care clinics and assessing patients pre & post operatively and much more.

You will assist with diagnostic procedures and minor procedures within dermatology, plastics, sarcoma & breast.

The successful candidate will be an experienced nurse with excellent communication & team leadership skills, with the vision and passion to optimise nursing care across the patients' cancer journey.

For further information or to arrange an informal visit please contact Sister Mandy Townsend ext 4234, Sister Jane Kimaru ext 1342 or Sister Georgina Ofosu ext 1223.

Main duties of the job

  • To coordinate and supervise a shift, communicating effectively with members of a multidisciplinary team to deliver high quality, evidence-led care to patients.
  • To exercise clinical judgment and decision making about patient needs in terms of long term goals or plans.
  • To participate fully in the day to day organization and running of clinical trials including the recruitment, education and monitoring of patients entering a clinical trial and liaison as required with trial sponsors.
  • To assume personal accountability for nursing care delivered to a patient in accordance with the NMC code of conduct. There is an expectation for post holders:
    • To promote a safe clinical environment for all patients, visitors and staff
    • To participate in Trust initiatives around infection control and care quality indicators
    • To assist with any local or trust initiatives to ensure the continuous improvement of the quality of services and safeguarding of high standards of care
    • To be aware of all hospital policies and procedures and collaborate with other health care professionals to ensure that these are observed
  • To help foster a supportive working environment and maintain staff morale

  • About us

    The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital

    At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

    At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits and learning and development opportunities. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.

    To complete the first level assessment of patients with cancer and their families to gain an understanding of their physiological, psycho-social, spiritual and cultural needs and to develop a positive, realistic and supportive attitude to ensure that these needs are met. This will include:

    Counterchecking patients vital signs, blood results, patient body surface area, chemotherapy prescription and consent before administration of treatment.

    Educating patients on their treatment such as indications and side effects.

    Ensuring necessary medication and follow up appointments are obtained.

    To plan, document, deliver and evaluate care plans from admission through to discharge / transfer discussing this with the patient, their family and multi-disciplinary teams and to alert the Sister/Charge Nurse of any changes. To set goals for each of the identified nursing issues and encourage / teach other nursing staff to do the same. To help the patient achieve set goals through care planning.

    As a specialist cancer nurse, to assess the educational and informational needs of the patient and family. This includes producing and using appropriate materials to ensure optimum understanding of nursing care and the likely outcome.

    To provide skilled care and expertise in venepuncture and/or cannulation. To assess patients for a suitable central venous access device. To provide education to patients on the care and management of central venous access devices and to adopt a problem solving approach to managing complications with all vascular access devices.

    Person Specification



    • NMC Registration
    • Evidence of ongoing professional development
    • RMH Certificate in Intravenous Drug Administration or to be obtained within three months of appointment


    • Qualification in oncology or speciality Diploma or Degree level study (or equivalent) Recognised teaching qualification



    • Experience in intravenous drug administration
    • Sufficient post registration nursing experience in oncology or speciality to be confident and competent in using the required skills to do the job


    • Experience in chemotherapy administration
    • Experience in Clinical Management
    • Evidence of relevant teaching experience
    • Knowledge and understanding of clinical trials management

    Skills Abilities/knowledge


    • Experience in oncology or area of specialty
    • Venepuncture and/or cannulation skills
    • Computer Literacy (e.g. use of Microsoft Word and Outlook)

    Employer details

    Employer name

    The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


    The Royal Marsden Sutton


    SM2 5PT

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