This job has expired

Clinical Nurse Specialist in the GI Unit

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
13 Oct 2023
This exciting opportunity has come up to join our cancer clinical nurse specialist team in the GI Unit.

The GI CNS will work as a core member of the local diagnostic and shared care multidisciplinary Team (MDT) linking into the Upper and Lower GI MDTS where needed. This includes linking in with Southampton and Bournemouth hospital for specialised MDTS in anal/HPB and NET cancer services. The postholder will implement, deliver, and evaluate GI nurse led services which reflect the local Trust strategic priorities and the areas of action to improve cancer outcomes within the NHS England Long Term Plan - Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes.

The successful candidate will take a key role in management and leadership of the GI Multi-disciplinary Teams (MDT) and continually look for new and innovative ways of improving the patient experience / pathway.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will implement, deliver, and evaluate GI nurse led services which reflect the local Trust strategic priorities and the areas of action to improve cancer outcomes within the Cancer Reform Strategy.

As the post develops the GI CNS will be asked to develop robust pathways for patients referred to SDH with Iron deficiency anaemia. Linking in with upper and lower GI cancer referral processes.

To keep up to date and implement pathways in accordance with the British Society of Gastroenterology / NICE and local guidelines of the management of patients with iron deficiency.

With appropriate training - undertake clinical examination, order diagnostic investigations and initiate changes in management of treatment, when necessary, and apply autonomous decision making.

To assist in the development and delivery of a high-quality local nursing service for cancer patients as part of the multi-disciplinary Team. Undertake clinical examination, order diagnostic investigations and initiate changes in management of treatment, when necessary, and apply autonomous decision making.

About us

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust (SFT) is an innovative hospital with a proud heritage and over 250 years of experience behind us. Here we're driven to deliver an outstanding experience for everyone and have been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment we continue to provide for our patients and also our staff.

We are an acute Trust, rated Good by the CQC, with a track record of high performance providing regional and super regional specialist services such as: Burns, Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery, Wessex Regional Genetics Laboratory, Wessex Rehabilitation, Spires Cleft Centre and the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre. We have about 470 beds and employ over 4000 staff.

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. We think working here is pretty rewarding. You can access a range of NHS discounts, receive a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme. On-site benefits include car parking (fee applies), leisure centre, day nursery and holiday play scheme.

Salisbury is an attractive place to live and work and really gives you the best of everything. With easy access to London and local airports, the city of Southampton is only a short train or car journey away or if you prefer the sea, Bournemouth is also accessible. Don't just take our word for it, why not explore what Salisbury has to offer by visiting

Job description

Job responsibilities

Act as a key point of contact between primary, secondary, and tertiary care contributing to increased Trust clinical activity by developing new ways of working which reflect the requirements of the Cancer Survivorship Initiative. Prevent and / or reduce emergency presentations and unnecessary hospital admissions, and reduce hospital inpatient stays, whilst enabling access without delay back into the appropriate cancer pathway.

Demonstrate leadership skills facilitating the continuing development of knowledge, skills and competencies within the nursing teams supporting GI cancer patients in endoscopy, oncology, at out-patient appointments and on the wards.

Always ensuring cover of the service.

Work with the local Cancer Office, endoscopy, radiology, chemotherapy and palliative care teams and cancer centers to minimise duplication of workload and to optimise communication pathways.

Be a member of the Cancer Network and CNS Group(s) to influence and ensure conformity to implementation of the Cancer Reform Strategy and integration of decisions made into local clinical practice and agreed care pathways.

As a registered, accountable, and autonomous nurse, act in the best interests of your patients always and take personal responsibility for your actions and decisions.

Focus on the development of the practical requirements of delivering compassionate and competent care.

Be responsible for patient assessment, planning of care, giving, and supervising safe and compassionate care, and evaluating effectiveness of care.

Take a key part in the Peer Review process for GI cancer services. Demonstrate leadership qualities that constantly reinforce the Trust values and beliefs and work closely with the GI Cancer MDTs to enhance and optimise the service in a constructive manner.

The postholder will be the nursing lead for development of user involvement and patient information within the MDT and will link with the Clinical Trials Practitioners to ensure patient access to clinical trials information.

As an NMC registrant you will continue to develop yourself, support, mentor, supervise and teach junior staff, teach others including nursing assistants, pre and post registration students, newly qualified nurses, and newly appointed staff. The CNS will provide clinical leadership in practice development, with particular emphasis on the development of a skills base in the holistic care of patients with GI cancers.

Person Specification

Essential and desirable


  • Registered Nurse Evidence of education to post graduate diploma level BSc in Nursing or health related subject or working towards Teaching and mentoring training preferred
  • Appropriate clinical qualification/ experience in cancer/site specialist nursing
  • Minimum 2 years post registration. Currently working in a senior position in Oncology/Surgery/Endoscopy for past 2 years.
  • Evidence of progressing and sustaining changes in clinical practice
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of managing GI cancer patients from low to high risk with complex needs and their cancer pathway
  • Team player but able to work autonomously. Excellent communication skills (verbal, non-verbal and written) with sensitive information.
  • Skill in organising resources and establishing priorities
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-term goals
  • Ability to work as an independent practitioner making autonomous decisions.
  • Ability to organise own workload. Good organisational and time management skills.


  • Knowledge of current issues in relation to national policy and reports
  • Assessment, Critical reasoning, and Decision making for advancing clinical practice module. (Or willingness to undertake)
  • Good self-awareness. Ability to develop professional relationships.
  • Ability to think creatively and contribute to service improvement initiatives for benefit of your patients.
  • Ordering diagnostic tests and interpretation of results
  • Skill in critical analysis and ability to act on audit and clinical outcomes data.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the primary care referral process Understanding of Cancer Wait Times

Employer details

Employer name

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust


Salisbury District Hospital

Odstock road



Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert