Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum/pro rata
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are pleased to invite applications to join our well-established and highly commended Acute Oncology Service . We are looking for an innovative, forward thinking nurse who is motivated to join us with the desire to improve practice for acute oncology patients in our Cancer Centre at The Royal Wolverhampton Hospital Trust.

Acute oncology encompasses the management of patients who require unplanned admission to hospital by developing acute complications of anti-cancer treatments and as well as symptoms as a consequence of their previously diagnosed malignancy. We also support patients with a suspected or confirmed cancer of unknown primary diagnosis. The service supports and advices all specialisms within our organization especially Emergency and Acute Medicine where oncology patients present as a result of these admissions or attendances.

Main duties of the job

This opening in our team provides an opportunity for a nurse with 3 years post registration experience to join us, who currently works with in a haematology/oncology clinical area or who wishing to enter Acute Oncology from Emergency or Acute Medicine.

You will need to demonstrate an understanding of what is required to work as a specialist nurse in an Acute Oncology Service, as well as having skills when managing oncological emergencies and acute oncology conditions. You will be expected to provide specialist support and advice to patients experiencing oncology treatment related toxicities, as well as manage patients with metastatic spinal cord compression and act as a key worker for patients with Cancer of Unknown Primary.

The current team is committed to supporting any promising applicants who feel there may be gaps within their current experience of Acute Oncology by providing the educational support required. The service is committed to supporting all nurses who join this team with a 10 step Acute Oncology Training program including completion of the Acute Oncology competence passport, Health Assessment and Nurse Prescribing modules.

Applicants will be involved in teaching and training for nurses of all grades and junior doctors within this organization, as well as needing to be flexible to work longer days, weekends and bank holidays.

About us

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in the West Midlands providing primary, acute and community services and we are incredibly proud of the diversity of both our staff and the communities we serve. We are building a workforce that can help us to fulfil our values, improve quality of care for patients, and solve the health care problems of tomorrow. We're passionate about the value that diversity of thinking and lived experience brings in enabling us to become a learning organisation and leader in delivering compassionate care for our patients.

We are delighted that we have been rated asGoodby CQC. We have achievednumerous awards The Nursing Times Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice and Best UK Employer of the Year for Nursing Staff in 2020.

The Trust is a supportive working environment committed to creating flexible working arrangements that suit your needs and as such will consider all requests from applicants who wish to work flexibly.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be professionally accountable for the delivery of standards of professional practice and behaviours as set by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

To deliver compassionate person-centred care, and treat patients, service users, their families and their carers with consideration, dignity and the respect you would want for yourself or your family.

To promote public health and well-being.

To be accountable for :Ensuring safe and effective clinical practice.

Enhancing the patients experience. Ensuring effective contribution to the delivery of the organisations objectives.
1. To ensure safe and effective clinical practice.
  • Ensure a high standard of safe clinical care and record keeping in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Council, national legislation and local standards.
  • Take personal responsibility for actions and omissions, and fully recognise personal accountability.
  • Practise within an ethical framework based upon dignity and respect for the well-being and safety of patients and clients.
  • Act as a change agent, developing clinically effective practice through the effective utilisation and integration of evidence based practice within own work area.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of evidence-based protocols, standards, policies and clinical guidelines within own work area.
  • Ensure a culture of continuous quality improvement through the use of audit, patient feedback and reflection on practice by self and other members of the team.
  • Promote a clean and safe environment for staff, patients and visitors by ensuring compliance with legislation, policies and protocols including health and safety, healthcare associated infection prevention, clinical governance, including risk management and critical incident reporting and root cause analysis.
  • Demonstrate effective communication within the multi-professional team regarding patient care.
  • Undertake interventional procedures with appropriate consent
  • Assess the risks involved in the care of patients and ensure utilisation of practices and protocols to minimise those risks, including safe use of medical devices.
  • Report incidents and near misses promptly and appropriately and take effective action to minimise future risk
  • Provide specialist advice to own and other professions on therapeutic interventions and clinical practice.
  • Implement practices that are appropriate to patient and service need through in-depth knowledge, implications of and applying epidemiological, demographic, social, political and professional trends and developments.
  • Lead by example, develop self and other staff, and influence the way care is given in a manner that is innovative, open and responds to individual needs.
  • Provide clinical supervision to other staff.
  • Work harmoniously and effectively with colleagues, patients and clients and their carers, families and friends, seeking advice from senior practitioners as necessary.
  • Practise within the scope of personal professional competence and extend this scope as appropriate to service needs.
  • Delegate aspects of care to others and accept responsibility and accountability for such delegation.
  • Participate in peer review of own practice.
  • Day to day supervision/training of staff/students.
  • Critically appraise and synthesise the outcomes of relevant research, evaluations and audits and apply the information when seeking to improve practice.

2. To enhance the patients experience
  • To assess individuals holistically using a range of different assessment methods, use physical examination skills, order diagnostic tests for client group.
  • Incorporate health promotion and prevention into care plans, and comprehensively assess patients for risk factors and early signs of illness.
  • Utilise making every contact count as an approach to change behaviour through interactions with individuals, carers, families to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • Plan and co-ordinate complete episodes of care, delegating and referring to other practitioners as appropriate to optimise health outcomes and resource use.
  • Safely use patient group directives (PGD)/ non-medical prescribing as appropriate
  • Use professional judgement in managing care events and capture the learning from these experiences to improve patient care and service delivery.
  • Work within defined boundaries of practice.
  • Ensure an effective and efficient patients journey by planning and co-ordinating of the episode of care /caseload including the smooth transition to other settings, promoting safe and effective discharge from the service and optimising communication with interdisciplinary and interagency teams as required.
  • Within a multidisciplinary team environment, develop a culture of person-centred care.
  • Promote a caring and compassionate environment where equality and diversity issues are respected and patients are enabled to be partners in their care.
  • Contribute to the development of care and services by ascertaining patient and carer experience/feedback and ensure complaints are managed in line with organisational policy, including the dissemination of learning points.
  • Ensure that everyone within the sphere of care is treated with dignity and humanity, understanding individual needs, showing compassion and sensitivity, and provide care in a way that respects all people equally.
  • Enable patients/clients to learn about their conditions and treatment by coordinating the implementation of plans appropriate to their preferred approach to learning, motivation and developmental stage.
  • Be proactively involved in undertaking activities that monitor and improve the quality of healthcare and the effectiveness of own and others practice.
  • Communicate effectively across a range of circumstances and individuals.

3.To ensure effective contribution to the delivery of the organisations objectives
  • Contribute to the development of an organisational culture thatsupports continuous learning and development, evidence-based practice and succession planning.
  • Support the appraisal process by ensuing that personal development plans are developed and that they are consistent with the teams and organisations objectives, succession planning and workforce development and support professional revalidation
  • Network with peers across professional groups and clinical disciplines promoting the exchange of knowledge, skills and resources. Have high-level communication skills and contribute to wider development of practice by publicising and disseminating work through presentations at conferences and articles in the professional press.
  • Demonstrate effective use of resources in decision-making and propose appropriate strategies to enhance quality, productivity and value in own sphere of work.
  • Strive constantly to improve practice and health outcomes so that they are consistent with or better than national and international standards.
  • Take an innovative and proactive approach to the redesign of clinical services, linked to organisational priorities and in support of improved outcomes.
  • Support the development and implementation of the Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Strategy for the organisation.
  • Within clinical area ensure knowledge and implementation of the organisations quality and safety agenda.
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of local, national and professional strategy and policy, ensuring that organisational goals and values are reflected in personal objectives.
  • Demonstrate the ability to contribute to policy and strategy development at a departmental and organisational level and, where appropriate, national level.
  • Demonstrate compliance to the pledges of the NHS Constitution 2012 and Trust values.
  • Act in a way which is consistent with the values based approach to care delivery.

Person Specification



  • NMC Level 1 Adult Nursing Qualification
  • Post registration experience


  • Evidence of recent training or updating in last 12 months at level 6 or above
  • Experience with telephone triaging patients



  • At least 1 years experience in Oncology/haematology/ED or Acute Medicine within the last 3 years



  • Health Assessment Qualification


  • Non-medical prescribing

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust


Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Wednesfield Road


WV10 0QP

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