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CNS Support

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Haematology Nurse to join our CNS team. This will be a 6 month post. We require the post holder to have minimum of 2 years' experience within a Haematology setting. The role will involve providing advice, care and support to patients and families who attend our outpatient, Ambulatory and Palatine Treatment Centre. You will co-ordinate patient care and act as a key worker for your own patient case load. Working hours are Monday -Friday and cross cover within the team is a requirement for this post.

Main duties of the job

To work within the haematology nursing team and be a `key worker` for patients and their families. Provide specialist nursing advice, care and support for patients attending the Palatine Treatment Centre and Palatine Ward and other wards within the Trust.

To act as an expert resource for patients and colleagues and to co-ordinate care across the Trust, wider regional network and community. Flexible working and cross cover is a requirement within this post

To improve and standardise the existing haematology CNS service by proving a robust clinical framework across all haematology disease groups in order to provide a seamless service.

About us

The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer and a wide range of support and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. We run one of the largest early clinical trial units in Europe with over 300 trials every year. Cancer research in Manchester, most of which is undertaken on the Christie site, has been officially ranked the best in the UK.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide evidence based individualized patient care according to patients changing healthcare needs, through holistic needs assessment ( HNA )
  • Act as an associate `Keyworker` for a clinical case load, working to support the lead haematology clinical nurse specialist by providing the co-ordination of patient care. Will be responsible for allocated disease groups and may change dependent on service need.
  • Support the haematology team to assess patient`s information needs and provide relevant information to meet those needs, ensuring the focus is on the promotion of health as well as illness.
  • Contribute to the collection of quantitive and qualitative data, utilizing this data by providing written reports when required which provide evidence of productivity, outcomes and quality.
  • Actively integrates research, theory and practice by undertaking surveys or audits as necessary.
  • Participates in the development of trust policy and clinical guidelines within haematology. Ensures patient information documents are produced in a timely manner.
  • Develops skills in advanced communication for all aspects of patient assessment, care and support.
  • Provide nurse led bone marrow clinic and cross- cover in times of annual leave or absence for existing haematology clinical nurse specialist.
  • Provide support and cross cover if required by the wider nursing team.
  • Actively participates in multi- professional meetings, acting as the patient advocate and representing nursing views.
  • Demonstrates the agreed set of values and accountable for own attitude and behaviour

  • Provide a supportive working environment and maintenance of staff morale, promoting a culture in which members of the team feel valued and able to achieve their potential.
  • Actively participate in clinical risk assessments and ensure correct reporting of clinical incidents in accordance with hospital policy.
  • Supports a culture that facilitates patient centred care and patient empowerment
  • Supports the development and promotion of the specialist nursing service ensuring the delivery of high quality, cost effective care.
  • Engages patient and public involvement within the sphere of practice.

  • Attend annual updates and ensure compliance with all mandatory training
  • Support the Lead Haematology CNS in the education and training of other professionals involved in patient care within the specialism of haematology
  • Take responsibility for life- long learning and personal development through clinical supervision, appraisal and actively engages with learning development opportunities.

Professional Development
  • Support the nursing contribution to service development, ensuring the pursuit of excellence in care
  • Contribute to the identification of service goals and appreciates how these link with performance targets and quality indicators.
  • Ensure the provision of care is in accordance with The Christie NHS Trust policy and procedures guidelines
  • Work with the Lead Haematology CNS to contribute to annual reports and work plan development.
  • Promote patient centred services for patients affected by cancer and work in collaboration with allied health professionals in the trust and in the community
  • Promote equality and value diversity

Person Specification



  • RGN Level 1
  • Diploma in Nursing Studies
  • 1st Level Degree ( or working towards)
  • Teaching and assessing qualification
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Advanced communication skills course
  • Post registration certificate in Haematology oncology nursing
  • Post registration certificate in cancer care/ palliative care
  • Research qualification/ module
  • Non - medical prescribing qualification



  • Minimum of 2 years Haematology experience
  • BMT experience
  • Experience of working with a multi-professional team


  • Previous CNS experience
  • Working at Band 6 level



  • Knowledge of haematology disease specific groups
  • Clinical features, complex treatment pathways and management of symptoms, palliative care


  • Personal professional development
  • Professional development of ward and day unit staff
  • Haematology ward link nurse



  • Ability to deliver high quality patient care
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as in a team
  • Ability to manage own case load with good time management


  • Ability to perform bone marrow biopsy procedure
  • Advanced IT skills
  • Excellent presentation skills



  • Ability to demonstrate the organisational values and behaviours



  • Approachable and enthusiastic
  • Recognition of own limitations
  • Excellent time management
  • Flexible working
  • Excellent role model to patients and staff


  • Ability to adapt to the changing needs of the service

Employer details

Employer name

The Christie NHS FT


Senior Nursing - E00286


M20 4BX

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