Band 7 Clinical Nurse Specialist in Lung Cancer/Specialist Nurse

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
£29,506 to £33,295 per annum inclusive
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse, Respiratory nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An opportunity has arisen within the Lung cancer team at BHRUT. You will become a vital member of the Lung MDT to ensure we at BHRUT meet the standards of the national optimal lung cancer pathway (NOLCP) with its particular focus on the initial referral will not only improve outcomes but will also help to reduce the unwarranted variation that is seen in lung cancers services and outcomes. The role is vital in the challenge we face for health inequalities. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality in England and the world. This is because it is common and the majority of people with lung cancer present late when treatment has a limited effect on mortality. There is good evidence to show that late diagnosis of lung cancer is a cause of poor outcomes in England and the UK. In international comparisons, the UK lags behind other countries in lung cancer survival and this is mainly explained by differences in the early survival (0 to 1 year). Rates of diagnosis through the emergency route are also high in England in at around 32% (2016 figures) with only 16% of these people surviving 1 year, in contrast to over 46% for those diagnosed following fast-track referral (2011-15 figures). In North East and North Central London the picture is worse with 39% diagnosed via A& E. If you feel you could join the team and make a difference we look forward to hearing from you. The post requires the post holder to work across both the hospital sites at BHRUT.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for supporting patients and their families through the optimal lung cancer pathway across secondary, community and primary care as required by the patient. They will be responsible for coordinating care for people with complex care needs and providing a point of access to patients and carers.

This role is part of a new patient pathway (known as the National Optimal Lung Cancer Pathway or NOLCP) that aims to deliver an accelerated pathway from referral to treatment of lung cancer. Via the monitoring and where necessary escalation of the patient's appointments against the NOLCP's milestones the CNS will facilitate the earlier diagnosis of lung cancer, which enables more treatments to be delivered with curative intent thus improving our patient's overall survival rates.

About us

Under the leadership of our Chair Jacqui Smith and Matthew Trainer, our Chief Executive, we provide care for the residents of three of the most diverse London boroughs. More than half of our 7,500 strong workforce are from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and most live in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge. We also provide healthcare services to people in south west Essex, and specialist neurosciences services to the whole of the county.

Our services include all the major specialties of large acute hospitals, operating from two main sites - King George Hospital in Goodmayes and Queen's Hospital in Romford. We also provide outpatient services at Brentwood Community Hospital, Barking Hospital, Loxford Polyclinic, and Harold Wood Polyclinic. We have two of the busiest emergency departments in London.

As we recover from Covid-19, we're proud to be leading the way nationally in reducing the time our patients wait to get the treatment they need. The pandemic provided the drive forour teams to innovate and change.

We know we have more work to do to improve waiting times for urgent and emergency care, and our performance against the four-hour emergency access standard remains challenged, in comparison to many other London trusts.

We are particularly proud of our regional Neurosciences Centre Radiotherapy Centre Hyper Acute Stroke Unit and dedicated breast care service at King George Hospital. We're also pleased to be part of the NEL Cancer Alliance.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

The person specification listed below is not the full specification requirements for the role. Please ensure you review the full specification on the job description prior to submitting your application.

Applicants are advised to read all the information on the advert and the supporting information before completing and submitting an application. As you complete your application please ensure you clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the person specification for this post by adequately completing the supporting information section of the application form.

All new staff appointed at the Trust are subject to a probationary period.

Applications should be made online, however, queries regarding the application process or assistance with completion of the form (for applicants with a disability) can be made to Sarah Wood, Recruitment Advisor, on 01708 435000 ext. 4188. Further details regarding the post may be obtained by contacting the manager as per the contact details above.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered nurse with substantial post qualification experience
  • Communication skills training.


  • Non medical prescriber

Experience / Knowledge


  • Teaching and assessing course
  • Advanced communication course

Employer details

Employer name

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust


King George Hospital

Barley Lane



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