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Specialist Screening Practitioner

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
Specialist Screening Practitioner

Department: Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Band: 6 �35,392 - �42,618 per annum

Hours: 37.5 per week based at Wycombe Hospital all MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone interested in bowel cancer to expand their nursing role. The Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire Bowel Cancer Screening Centre seeks a Specialist Screening Practitioner (SSP) at the Band 6 level for its Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP). This position is offered as a secondment for 18 months, with the possibility of transiting into permanent.

The programme is continuously expanding, bringing new challenges and exciting changes. The SSP role is diverse and involves providing autonomous care to patients participating in the BCSP. The SSP will offer guidance, support, and clinical knowledge at each step of the patient's journey in the programme.

We are committed to providing a high-quality service to our participants. We are looking for someone who cares about the people we see, can work on their initiative and thrives in a fast-paced environment.

Interview date: 05.12.23

Main duties of the job

The duties of the Specialist Screening Practitioner include providing advice, information, and support to individuals who contact the screening centre directly. They will be responsible for providing care to patients identified by the screening programme and meeting their needs at every stage of the BCSP journey. This includes those who have been called to participate, those requiring assessment to be fit to undertake screening colonoscopy or alternative diagnostic interventions, and those needing to be able to make informed decisions before undergoing screening colonoscopy or alternative diagnostic interventions.

The SSP will ensure timely access throughout the screening pathway to colonoscopy or alternative diagnostic intervention and a seamless transition to agreed pathways in primary, secondary and tertiary care settings. They will establish effective links with the local multidisciplinary teams to ensure that where cancer is detected, there is a timely presentation and transfer of patients to the MDT. The SSP will complete patient records for the screening services, including data on treatment, outcomes, and staging provided by the MDT.

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

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To play a pivotal role in supporting the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Bowel Screening and Lynch screening Programme by: -
  • Working collaboratively with the programme hub
  • As part of a team, coordinating and providing care from the screening centre to address the needs of individuals arising as a consequence of the screening programme
  • As part of a team, co-ordination of health promotion activities by all sections of the society

Please refer to the attached Job Description for more details.

Person Specification

Qualifications and knowledge


  • Nursing Degree/ Diploma
  • Knowledge of clinical governance, risk management, valid consent, and withdrawal of consent


  • Completed JMU Specialist Screening Practitioner Course
  • Knowledge of the Bowel Cancer/ Lynch Screening Programme



  • Registered nursing experience in acute setting
  • Experience in undertaking nurse-led clinics


  • Experience in developing and influencing changing clinical practice
  • Significant experience in an endoscopy unit, assessment unit, or colorectal/ oncology specialist practice equivalent



  • Excellent management skills of self
  • Comprehensive understanding of the needs of the patient group
  • Effective team worker
  • Ability to facilitate the management of change
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Computer skills
  • Effective communicator
  • Ability to maintain accurate records & type/produce letter communication

Personal and people development


  • Able to demonstrate continued personal development and learning
  • Able to support and train the new band 5 screening practitioners
  • Maintain up-to-date mandatory training



  • Excellent communication/ written skills
  • Ability to manage patient care with communication difficulties


  • Advanced Communication skills course

Specific requirements


  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations
  • Willing to undertake the Specialist Screening Practitioner Module at level 6 or 7

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Bowel Screening Programme (Dept)

Milton Keynes


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