Lead Skin Cancer Nurse Department: Cancer Services Band 8a Hours: 37.5 hrs per week. All MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working
The Cancer Services team has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and dynamic Lead dermatology/Skin Cancer Nurse to join our growing teamWorking alongside the nursing and medical team you will be responsible for the assessment, management and referral / discharge of patients who present with Dermatology cancers. We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated nurse, who is able to deliver high quality care, provide education and strong leadership to members of the multidisciplinary team. You will receive support and have access to reflective supervision, individual learning plans and on-going education. There is access to quality improvement training and participation in projects for service development.Applicants will ideally have extensive dermatology experience and utilise skills of clinical expertise, leadership, education and management to ensure a seamless service for patients, carers and staff.
You will identify patient needs using holistic needs assessments at key points at a patients journey and signpost to relevant services in the hospital and community accordingly. You will provide Nurse led Skin Cancer and follow up clinics to meet the ongoing needs of patients.
Line management and development of the Skin cancer nurse specialists also falls under the management of this post.Main duties of the job
The Lead Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist will be responsible for the management of skin cancer nursing issues within the speciality, overseeing quality, safety, equity, efficiency and effectiveness. They will work with the departmental managers and senior team in the trust to ensure the smooth running of the Skin Cancer Service.
The Lead Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist will provide leadership and co-ordinate and clinically deliver the effective delivery of skin cancer care for the skin cancer nursing department, the skin cancer MDT and Trust using their clinical, managerial and professional experience. To lead the implementation of best practice in skin cancer care focusing on practice development within the context of a multidisciplinary team, thereby ensuring that the needs of patients across all providers of cancer services within the Trust are met.
Act as a key/ pivotal member of the skin cancer team throughout the trust, maximising the effective use of Consultants and other staff by developing a separate and complementary workload.
Report to the Head of cancer and Lead Consultant as an expert team member for the effective delivery of the Dermatology Care Practitioner service.About us
You can expect a warm welcome at Milton Keynes University Hospital, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At MKUH we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:
- Free on-site parking
- Free tea and coffee
- Great flexible workingopportunities
- Discounted gym membership
- Lease car scheme
- Generous annual leave and pension scheme
- On site nursery (chargeable)
- Extensive staff health and well-being programme
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Please refer to the job description for further details.Person SpecificationQualifications and knowledgeEssential
- Assess referred patients including those with a complex mix of symptoms due to different illnesses such as coronary, diabetic, bowel or other skin cancer disorders. Use methods based on research study along with appropriate screening procedures and formulate individual management and treatment plans using clinical reasoning to create a suitable programme of care, taking account of other treatments, blood, diagnostic imaging and Histology results as per the nurse led follow up protocol and agreed guidelines for Skin cancer patients.
- Undertake clinical history and assessment of patients by verbal and physical examination.
- Undertakes non-medical prescribing in meeting the needs of the patients.
- Participate fully as a Multidisciplinary team member, sharing knowledge and information and supporting colleagues to promote a cohesive skin cancer team within the Trust, and the achievement of objectives for the service across the Trust.
- Effectively communicate highly complex information to inpatient and primary care teams to ensure continuity of care, for example, management of side effects of skin cancer surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy/gene and immunotherapy including information of patients current status and intent of treatment i.e. curative, palliative
- Independently coordinate an on-going caseload of patients, working with the inter-disciplinary team, skin cancer consultants and referring teams, to facilitate care.
- Assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care, providing specialist skin cancer nursing advice, and demonstrating advanced assessment skills, actively seeking evidence-based practice which will support clinical outcomes as appropriate.
- Clinical History Taking and Physical Examination training/experience.
- Evidence of autonomous practice with high level of decision making
- Highly developed communication skills (written and verbal)
- Specialist knowledge in the skin service
- Experience in investigating serious untoward incident with follow up actions
- Experience in providing expert clinical care and advice
- Evidence of producing and presenting clinical papers/posters
- Evidence of critical thinking with regards to effective patient management
- Experience in clinical governance (risk management and complaints management)
- Experience of leading quality improvement initiatives
- Evidence of research skills
- Ability to seek and provide peer reviews and support
- Up-to-date knowledge of adult and child safeguarding
- Ability to work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
- Ability to provide advice to other staff/teams
- Up-to-date knowledge of adult and child safeguarding
- Up-to-date knowledge of infection prevention and control issues
- Able to support personal resilience by seeking feedback and advice
- Able to engage patients and families in decision making
- Able to translate national guidance and guidelines into practice
- Budgetary management experience
- Ability to be flexible, to have flair and initiative and be able to work in a team
- Motivated / positive - self-directed and committed.
- Professional image
- Have an ongoing personal development plan
- Ability to organize, priorities and coordinate work
- Excellent communication skills with colleagues and people at all levels
- Flexible approach to work
- Good listener
- Team player
- Ability to manage stressful situations, raise clinical issues and work independently to ensure the patients' needs are being met
- Ability to manage and motivate self and others.
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Cancer Nurse Practitioners (Dept)
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