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Staff Nurse - Chemotherapy Unit

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Across East Lancashire Sites
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2023
The Chemotherapy Unit at East Lancashire Hospital provides care for both oncology and haematology patients. We are looking for a highly motivated nurse who is keen to learn and develop as a chemotherapy nurse. You will need to be able to work autonomously, but also be part of our team. When fully staffed we are a team of 19 in total, all working closely to provide the best service for our patients. The unit is fast paced, challenging and rewarding all at the same time, on average treating 45 patients per day.

If successful you will be expected to care for a number of patients each day, ensuring that each patient receives the best care and information required. You will administer chemotherapy and other therapies, including blood products, and be able to address any queries or problems associated with the patient's regimes. Cannulation and venepuncture skills are essential here on the unit, training can be provided. You will be required to be able liaise with our consultants and doctors when required.

The type of candidate we are looking for is one who has a positive outlook on life, who is open and honest, flexible, reliable, hardworking and eager to learn new skills and knowledge.

Main duties of the job

As a Chemotherapy nurse you will be expected to provide support and advice to patients receiving Systemic Anti Cancer Treatments (SACT).

You will administer SACT competently and safely and be able to recognise and respond appropriately to urgent and emergency situations.

Work collaboratively with other members of the MDT.

Meeting the needs of the patients and families.

About us

Established in 2003 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is a large integrated health care organisation providing high quality acute secondary healthcare for the people of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.Our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care. We currently provide high quality services and treat over 700,000 patients a year from the most serious of emergencies to planned operations and procedures. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work and achievements.

Working as a member of the chemotherapy team the post holder will provide specialist nursing care for Cancer patients delivering SACT and supporting patients and relatives through their Cancer journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Assess, plan, implement and evaluate care of patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Cannulation and phlebotomy skills essential

Care of Central venous access devices

Administration of Systemic Anti Cancer Treatments (SACT), oral, Intravenous and Subcutaneously.

Excellent time management skills

Working collaboratively with other professionals

Person Specification



  • 1st level Registered Nurse



  • Broad range of knowledge gained through training or post registration experience

Knowledge and Skills


  • Able to adapt to change and use own initiative
  • Able to present factual information and deal with questions.
  • Able to maintain accurate patient records.
  • Basic I.T skills, including experience in using Word, ICE and Patient Centre


  • Venepuncture/cannulation skills

Personal Attributes


  • Clear and accurate written and verbal communication
  • Calm and approachable
  • Able to work extra hours where necessary and provide reasonable flexibility in terms of hours worked.
  • Must be able to work across Burnley and Blackburn hospital sites.
  • Willingness to learn new skills.

Employer details

Employer name

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


Across East Lancashire Sites

Haslingden Road, Blackburn.

Across East Lancashire Sites


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