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Nurse Practitioner (XR06)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced registered nurse looking for a new challenge? Do you enjoy working in fast paced, acute environments caring for acutely unwell patients? If the answer is yes then we want to hear from you as we are looking to recruit registered nurses to join our Nurse Practitioner team on Ward J95 - the Acute Oncology Assessment Unit in Bexley Wing, St Jamess Hospital. The unit consists of 10 trolley spaces and a waiting area for ambulatory patients, caring for Oncology and Haematology patients who are acutely unwell and need urgent assessment. It is a fast paced environment where you will work closely with the multi-disciplinary team to help support clinical assessments, investigations/ treatment and either discharge home or admission to hospital. The assessment unit is open 7 days a week with a working pattern of long days, nights and twilights.

Main duties of the job

You will be working as part of a team of highly skilled oncology nurse practitioners and the wider multi-disciplinary team members to deliver emergency care to our patients. You will support the timely assessments of patients, gaining experience in triaging, bed managing as well as carrying out interventions such as venepuncture, cannulation, catheterisation and ECGs. You will help deliver care as directed by the medical/ ACP teams and monitor its effectiveness. You will help oversee the patients stay on the assessment unit, ensuring timely discharge where appropriate or transfer to an inpatient area. Effective communication will be demonstrated at all times, liaising closely with other health professionals and departments and ensuring patients and their relatives are kept informed.

About us

Ward J95 Acute Oncology Assessment Unit is part of the Oncology CSU that also cares for oncology and surgical oncology patients. We are a very close mutli-disciplinary team and strive to deliver a high standard of care to our patients. We are based in the Bexley Wing at St Jamess Hospital, which is a purpose built cancer facility opened in 2008.

Come and join our team in Leeds and become part of The Leeds Way sharing our vision and values.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest acute health providers in the UK and based in one of the fastest growing and vibrant cities in the north.

For all new starters to the Trust we have an award winning, structured Introduction to Professional Practice (IPP) Induction programme to prepare you for working at LTHT. We also have a 6 month Preceptorship framework to support you in your new role,

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The acute oncology nurse practitioner is a challenging role requiring the skills of an experienced nurse with oncology/ haematology experience. Key aspects to this role include the triage and assessment of acutely unwell oncology patients, the day to day running of the oncology assessment area and safe patient placement within the Leeds Cancer Centre.

The nurse practitioner needs to be able to prioritise their own workload, have a good understanding of this specialty, have excellent communication skills and be able to work within a team effectively. They must be able to demonstrate good leadership skills and have the necessary drive and enthusiasm to move practice forward, to deliver education to junior staff and to act as a role model. There is scope for this practitioner to develop extended skills in patient assessment and non-medical prescribing.

The jobholder will work closely with the multi-disciplinary team members of the acute oncology team to support the acute oncology service within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.

The jobholder will help lead and support the acute oncology assessment unit. The jobholder will act as first point of contact for all nursing and medical issues within the department and out of hospital enquiries to the acute oncology service.

The job holder will work as an autonomous practitioner


1. Clinical

Practice as an autonomous professional nurse with confidence, authority and expertise, undertaking comprehensive range of clinical procedures, including cannulation, venepuncture, ECGs, verification of death and male catheterisation, developing competency in advanced clinical skills to deliver elements of junior doctors role, and to deliver the ten key roles of nursing.

Independently assess, prioritise and treat patients

Initiate pharmacological intervention under group protocols and administer medications as prescribed by others in accordance with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals policies

Act as a referral agent and coordinator of care provision. Establish effective multi agency collaboration across primary/secondary interface to meet the needs of the patient.

Supervise and where necessary, work in collaboration with other nursing team members, demonstrating expert clinical practice to the ward team.

Maintain a high standard of patient focused care in accordance with Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust guidelines and policies.

Lead and advise on nursing practice using current evidence based advances in nursing research and own knowledge and experience.

Actively promote an environment that enables the nursing team to work efficiently in meeting the needs of the patient and their carer, ensuring patient individuality and choice is applied to all elements of care.

Facilitate and support effective written and verbal communication between all members of the multi disciplinary team and Primary Care Team to support the delivery of effective care.

Support the Senior Sister / Charge nurse in setting and monitoring standards and seek to continuously improve standards and quality of patient care, including those standards defined in the National Benchmarks for Essential care.

Attend all medical emergencies initiating and maintaining Intermediate Life Support (and Advanced Life Support if ALS provider) where required.

Develop skills in Supplementary and Extended Nurse Prescribing

2. Management / Leadership

Work within the NMC Code of Professional Conduct and Guidelines, the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust policies and guidelines, COSHH, the Mental Health Act and other instruments of statutory legislation to ensure safe and effective professional working practices for self and others.

In conjunction with the Senior Sister / Charge nurse ensure management of clinical services including staff rostering ensuring adequate numbers and skill mix, using knowledge and skills to effectively deploy staff according to service needs. Working with Senior Sister / Charge Nurse closely monitor bank and agency usage.

Working with senior Sister / Charge Nurse provide leadership to the clinical team, developing new rotas / ways of working, promoting the development of nurses undertaking the CNO Ten Key Roles as considered appropriate.

Support Senior Sister / Charge Nurse in investigating and responding to accidents, complaints, serious untoward incidents and other significant events.

Deputise for Senior Sister / Charge Nurse and or Matron in their absence.

Participate in the recruitment and selection of new staff to the nursing team.

Be supportive, approachable and act as a positive role model.

Contribute to the formulation and implementation of policies, guidelines, protocols and practice.

3. Quality

Work with Senior Sister / Charge Nurse to ensure that clinical governance processes at ward level encompass measures to ensure the quality of the fundamentals and essential aspects of care.

Regularly monitor, discuss and evaluate nursing care to ensure improvements in quality of care.

Be involved in clinical supervision of self and others using reflective practice to support this process.

Actively promote quality-based initiatives within the unit, incorporating local and national guidelines and recommendations

Support the implementation of benchmarking using the Essence of Care, in line with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust approach.

Be actively involved in the units auditing processes

4. Education and Training

Develop a continuous learning culture within the clinical area, actively promoting the sharing of knowledge and experience amongst team members offering advice and support as required.

In conjunction with the Senior Sister / Charge Nurse be directly involved with Individual Performance Reviewing ensuring all staff have an Individual Performance Development plan.

Ensure both self and team members achieve annual mandatory training requirements.

Be actively involved with developing teaching programmes within the unit, participating in the teaching of mandatory training updates for staff (Basic Life Support, Manual Handling, Control of Infection, and COSHH).

Participate in Preceptorship and mentorship programmes.

Undertake continuous professional and clinical development, seeking opportunities to enhance own knowledge and skills.

Participate in assisting learners to achieve their outcomes


Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:






All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values

Additionally, the following are core values which relate specifically to this post:

Commitment to providing high quality evidence based care to patients and their carers.

Commitment to working in a multidisciplinary team (both primary and secondary care providers).

Commitment to the clinical area, valuing the contribution of all team members, encouraging a positive and creative working environment.

Commitment to own development and the development of all staff within the unit.

Person Specification



  • RN (level 1)
  • Evidence of continued professional development and implementation in clinical practice.
  • Possession of two or more of the following skills: ECG recording & interpreting / Venepuncture & Cannulation / Male Catheterisation / Verification of Death / IV drug administration.
  • Immediate Life Support Provider


  • Recognised teaching / assessing qualification
  • Understanding of training needs in relation to post
  • Extended & Supplementary Nurse Prescriber (must be willing to train to this level)
  • Advanced Life Support provider



  • Minimum 2 years at staff nurse level or above in medically orientated speciality.
  • Able to manage own workload and resources
  • Experience of clinical history taking and physical examination
  • Proven experience of leading
  • Able to work confidently with wide range of professionals.

Additional Requirements


  • Able to fulfil Occupational Health requirements for the post.
  • Flexible to be able to work a variety of shifts throughout the seven day week (52 weeks year)

Skills & behaviours


  • Commitment to evidence based practice and quality care
  • Commitment to the development of nursing role.
  • Able to make decisions and deal with a variety of problems in a calm and professional manner
  • Professional and patient focused
  • Effective written and oral communication skills

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street

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