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Lead CNS - Gynaecology/Oncology

Barts Health NHS Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum inc
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a Lead clinical nurse specialist for Gynaecology-oncology to take on this specialist nursing leadership role as a key member within the Gynaecology oncology team, working across the Bart's Health NHS Trust hospital sites including and providing professional support and leadership to Newham, Royal London and Whipps Cross hospitals and in partnership with St Bartholomew's hospital Cancer services. The post holder will be an experienced clinical nurse specialist and Leader within Gynaecology/Gynaecology-oncology, with a track record of exceling in patient care, innovation also the ability to work across professional boundaries, underpinned by our Trust core WeBelong values.

You will work in collaboration with our Gynaecology oncology team to help develop and deliver services across organisational, professional and beyond. You will also work closely with key areas of the Trust, forging close working relationships with both our Medical and Cancer teams and our Specialist Palliative Care team. This post will professionally support all Gynaecology oncology nurse specialist across the various hospitals.

It is essential that you possess clinical nursing leadership skills, excellent patient care, high professionalism and experience within Gynaecology oncology and/or specialist Palliative Care with evidence of on-going continuous professional development.

Main duties of the job

The role will provide support to patients, relatives and services referred to Gynaecological Oncology services to the Barts Hospitals. This role supports the oncology services and the wider team. The post is intended to represent a significant improvement on the services provided to the patients in and out of hospitals There is a strong multidisciplinary team within the service and the Lead CNS will be a key member of the team with a remit encompassing high quality patient care and staff education.

This post will be based at Royal london hospital but travel to other hospital within the group will be required with the main purpose of managing the Gynaecological Oncological patients, colleagues and related service pathways. This role will support the on-going improvement effort to shorten diagnostic pathways, reduce variation, improve patient experience of care, contribute to the Personalissed Care Agenda, meet the care standard including supporting the colleagues and juniors.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification



  • Extensive post registration experience in an acute hospital setting within an oncology setting
  • Proven track record of recognised practice development initiatives and team building skills
  • Experience of Cancer CNS role at Band 7 or above within speciality
  • Staff / team management including complex case management
  • Experience of working effectively within an MDT
  • Experience of contributing to the Clinical Governance agenda for Oncology Services
  • Rota management and planning safer staffing
  • Experience of conducting annual staff appraisals and career conversations


  • Provision of a nurse led service
  • Experience of leading service improvement



  • Substantial evidence of effective leadership at ward/unit team management level
  • Clinical leadership qualities, including team working and team building skills.
  • Ability to communicate with patients, relatives, colleagues, hospital personnel and external customers, relevantly and diplomatically both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate good organisational skills, with the ability to organise wok around competing demands on time
  • Clinical skills within the field of oncology nursing
  • Breaking bad news in challenging situations
  • Formal presentation skills and experience of presenting to wide and varied audiences


  • Research/audit, data collection and input skills
  • Advanced clinical practice education and associated skills



  • Substantial clinical and managerial knowledge and experience of the needs of gynaecology-oncology patient



  • Registered Nurse with current NMC Registration with a degree in nursing
  • Relevant teaching/mentoring qualification
  • Evidence of continued professional development with post registration qualification in oncology nursing


  • Recognised Management/Leadership qualification
  • Masters level education MSc or degree equivalent in related subject (willingness to commence MSc level degree)
  • Chemotherapy course
  • Level 2 psychological care training or equivalent



  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills - written and oral
  • Motivated and able to motivate and influence others
  • Ability to treat people with respect, irrespective of age, gender, culture, religion and sexuality
  • Proactive, self-directed with innovative approach
  • Ability to work flexible hours and work across trust sites to meet service requirements.

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Royal London Hospital


E1 1FR

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