Senior Staff Nurse - Chemotherapy Day Unit

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year p.a inc HCA
Closing date
8 Oct 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated, experienced nurse to join our Chemotherapy team as a Senior Staff Nurse, Band 6. We are looking for committed individuals with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills, who have a genuine interest in working with oncology and haematology to join our team. We are dedicated to training and developing our staff in their chosen field.

The successful candidate will be expected to work four 9.5 hour shifts per week, current working hours are Monday to Friday 08:00-18:00 Guy's site and 08:30-18:30 Queen Mary's Hospital site. The candidate would be also be rostered for several late shifts per month. We are currently closed weekends though do cover bank holidays.

Candidates selected for interview will be required to prepare a 5-10 minute powerpoint presentation, the topic to be given upon invitation to interview. This will be in addition to interview questions.

Please contact us to discuss the job role. Informal visits are highly encouraged and can be facilitated at both sites.

Closing Date :Sunday 8th October (midnight)

Interview Date: Wednesday 18th October

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job involves day to day administration of SACT and supportive therapies including intravenous, sub-cutaneous and oral handouts. A senior staff nurse would also be rostered to take charge of the unit, conduct pre-treatment consultations and assist with the scheduling of appointments. The role includes working with junior members of staff, as well as supervising the completion of other areas SACT competencies.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and - as part of King's Health Partners - we are one of England's eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research's biomedical research centres, established with King's College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

We have around 22,700 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical and Patient Care

Independently manage a group of patients within the specialty whilst working as part of the multidisciplinary team, delivering individualised and personalised direct patient care

Demonstrate appropriate practice and specialist advice in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care. This includes history taking, physical examination and the requesting of agreed diagnostic procedures/clinical investigations.

Responsible for the correct administration of prescribed medication including transfusion of blood and blood products

Be responsible for assessing and recognising emergencies in the speciality. To interpret information and take appropriate action and to lead others to do the same.

Act as an advocate for patients within the department, to ensure a patient orientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards within the NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines.

Ensure that patients receive high quality clinical care and a good patient experience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs and doctrines.

Recognise and avoid situations that may be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the individuals.

To provide leadership, support and guidance to staff in monitoring the planning delivery and evaluation of individualised care.

Is wholly accountable for his / her practice in line with the NMC code of professional conduct and takes every reasonable opportunity to sustain and improve his / her knowledge and professional competence.

Ensure safe and effective care for complex patients requiring advance clinical skills and responsible for carrying out specialist nursing procedures to area.

To be responsible, for maintaining a safe environment for patients, visitors and other staff within the clinical environment.

Ensure that sensitive patient records are stored appropriately.

Ensures the cultural and spiritual needs of patients are recognised and accommodated within resources available.

Support and enable patients and carers to make informed decisions relating to their treatment and management.

Participate in case conferences in relation to the management of patients, ensuring the coordination of ongoing care.

Ensure staff take precautions to minimise the risk of cross infection in relation to the safe disposal of body fluids (including blood).

A key member of the multidisciplinary team in supporting patients and their carers during the delivery of bad news such as caring for the terminally ill patients and the event of death.

Assess educational and information needs for patients and families, and devise plans to ensure need are met.

To be an effective communicator with patients/carers/families regarding disease treatment and management.

Promote high quality clinical care, and assist in the development of the specialist service, through the use of evidence based practice and clinical standards

Provide a seamless, high quality service from referral through to assessment, diagnosis, treatment and review.


Facilitate a high quality, cost effective specialist service through monitoring and audit and other quality initiatives agreed by the Trust

Lead on and participate in key developments relating to the specialty so that high quality patient focused services are promoted.

Enhance the interface between staff, patients, community staff and visitors

Develop and utilise information systems to aid regular audit of the clinical role and to provide a quarterly incidence report for the Health Authority and an annual activity analysis and speciality report.

Attend and participate in multi-professional team meetings.

Set, monitor and review standards of care on a regular basis and initiate corrective action plans

Identify and intervene where circumstances contribute to an unsafe environment for patients and staff. To bring instances to the attention of the Sister/Charge Nurse for the area.

Education and Leadership

Ensure that the learning environment and specialist training is appropriate for both pre and post registration learners and participate in the development of appropriate programmes

Contribute in the Trusts clinical supervision programme for staff

Identify and raise awareness of the educational needs of patients and carers and implement appropriate education programmes

Support and participate in education and training programmes and develop training packages as required.

To assist the Sister/Charge Nurse in developing a culture that is challenging, stimulating, rewarding and supportive.

Actively participating in the selection, training, and supervision of the NVQ Clinical Support Workers and ensure that all staff are aware of the assessment process.

Assess the need for, plan and implement suitable staff development programmes for nursing staff within clinical area to ensure the effective care of all patients.

Assist the Sister/Charge nurse to ensure that all students and newly appointed staff have identified mentors/preceptors.

To act as mentor/assessor to unqualified staff and to provide education, advice and support to a team of nurses.

Ensuring within mentorship that student nurses and post-registration students allocated to the area are given appropriate teaching, support and guidance, in accordance with clinical area/personal objectives and that all documentation is complete.

Contribute and assist the Sister/Charge Nurse to foster a learning environment within the clinical area.

To participate in education on a national and international level by attending, presenting at, and/or assisting in the coordination of study days/seminars/conferences etc.

Be aware of the local equipment training programme for staff in relation to the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts and maintain training records.

Management and Leadership

Provide a leadership role model and demonstrate specialist knowledge and high standards of clinical practice and provide support or advice when necessary.

Develop the role according to patients changing needs and research findings, within the resources available.

Maintain accurate records of the clinical service and ensuring that confidentiality of information is adhered to.

Organise own work and manage own caseload and practice, identifying and maintaining supportive networks for self and other staff members.

To be fully aware of the targets set out in the NHS Plan and Corporate & Directorates objectives and in conjunction with the multi-professional team use the available resources to meet these targets.

Provide specialist education to members of the clinical team, which facilitates learning and individual personal development.

In co-ordinating the day-to-day management of the clinical area, delegates duties and care appropriately whilst maintaining overall responsibility.

Ensures that staffing and skill mix is maintained, at all times, to a level that does not compromise patient safety.

Responsible for the assessment and subsequent ordering of bank and agency staff within the clinical area including being an authorised signatory for temporary staff

To be involved in the development, assessment and implementation of guidelines, protocols and pathways.

Person Specification

Values and Behaviour


  • Values and Behaviour



  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and review care for cancer patients and providing advice
  • In depth drugs knowledge
  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues. Knowledge of evidence based practice.
  • Demonstrates specialist expertise underpinned by theory acquired through CPD

Qualifications/ Education


  • Post registration qualification in oncology/haematology - SACT competency
  • Mentorship/Teaching Qualification


  • Leadership qualification



  • Experience of teaching/assessing/ supervising others in a clinical setting.
  • Previous post registration experience within the relevant specialty

Professional/ Statutory Registration


  • RN1/ RN2/ RN12 or RN Child Registered Nurse on the NMC register. To hold the appropriate level for the area of speciality

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Chemotherapy Village

Guy's Cancer Centre



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