Band 6 Clinical Nurse Specialist (Head & Neck cancers)

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 6 developmental Clinical Nurse Specialist (Head and Neck cancers)

This is a full-time post (37.5 hours per week).

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is excited to announce that we have a new opportunity for a Clinical Nurse Specialist within the Berkshire Cancer Centre.

We are looking for a dynamic, well-motivated and compassionate nurse with experience in cancer care, chemotherapy or cancer surgery to join the Head and Neck Cancer CNS team.

The role offers opportunities to develop your skills to become an autonomous and independent practitioner in an interesting and fast moving field of oncology.

This is an exciting time to join the team as there are plans to increase our nurse-led working to enhance the care for people with head and neck cancers.

The post is a band 6 developmental role with the opportunity to undertake relevant training and education with progression to band 7 on completion of ACCEND capabilities in practice (CIPs).

We strongly encourage informal visits, email or telephone contact about the post.

Main duties of the job

Head and neck Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists support people diagnosed with cancer by providing expert advice, psycho-social support and information on their disease, investigations, treatment and follow-up care.

The head and neck Cancer CNS team work together, and with the interdisciplinary team to help deliver an expert specialist service to those diagnosed with these cancers.

The head and neck Cancer CNS team help to care for patients at all stages of their cancer journey and through a variety of treatments in a kind, compassionate manner. The team are committed to the development and delivery of high quality holistic patient care. They play an active part in clinical practice, management of patient caseload, education, research, audit and professional activities relating to cancer care.

The team cares for people diagnosed with primary and secondary/metastatic head and neck cancers.

About us

Reading sits on the river Thames and is served by great road and rail links to London, Oxford and Southampton. With excellent leisure and shopping facilities, and a thriving cultural scene, Reading is a wonderful place to live, work and play and provides excellent facilities for families, including some of the best state and private schools in the UK.

The CQC recently rated the care provided by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as Good.

Our values: Compassionate, Aspirational, Resourceful, Excellent, reflect the type of Trust we aspire to be and you can join our dedicated and talented staff to make this happen.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Responsibilities of the role are:

Working as an expert in clinical field to deliver specialist clinical services to patients with head and neck cancers.

Providing holistic needs assessment and individualised compassionate care.

Responsible for the delivery of patient-focused programmes of care, which address the complex and changing health and wellbeing needs of this patient group.

Working with other professional groups in secondary and primary care.

Providing specialist, interdisciplinary education and training to other staff and students.

Clinically manages and engineers the cancer pathway for patients with a diagnosis of head and neck cancer.

Works strategically to influence and drive the development of the service both locally and nationally.

Participation in/leading clinical audit in own area.

Participates in and facilitates/undertakes research in specialist field.

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification for further details.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (Pt 1/12)
  • Educated to a minimum of 1st degree level or able to demonstrate equivalent experience
  • Qualification in specialist area of head and neck cancer nursing and/or oncology
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • Advanced communication skills training
  • Post-basic qualification in cancer/palliative care/relevant subject
  • Recognised teaching qualification



  • Relevant post registration experience in cancer or appropriate speciality
  • Experience in facilitation/teaching/assessing
  • Experience of successful change management
  • Experience of multiprofessional team working
  • Demonstrates ability to place patient and family at centre of care

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Berkshire Hospital

London Road



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