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Head of Nursing/Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Trustwide
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are delighted to offer an exciting opportunity for a motivated, dynamic and driven individual in a unique post combing the responsibilities of a Clinical Board Head of Nursing with the Trust Lead Cancer Nurse.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate senior visible, expert clinical and professional leadership across this newly developed role incorporating nursing leadership and accountability within the Cancer and Haematology Clinical Board, as well as clinical and profession leadership to the oncology and cancer nursing staff working across the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital's Trust.

The role, based at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care at Freeman Hospital, will work seamlessly and collectively as part of a leadership triumvirate in the Clinical Board with the Clinical Board Chair and Director of Operations, in additional to working closely with the Trust senior nursing team. Responsibilities of the successful candidate will be across Freeman Hospital and Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Infirmary in North Cumbria and a number of community treatment venues.
  • Interview Date Thursday, 07 December 2023
  • 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Main duties of the job

The role is a senior nursing role providing leadership and direction to nursing staff within both the Clinical Board and across the Trust. The over-riding aims will be to set standards, strive for clinical excellence, quality assure delivery of care in line with organisation and national policy and practice, support staff and service development and the implementation of the national cancer transformation agenda.

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

Please see attached information on what Staff Benefits we have to offer at our Trust.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The role of the Head of Nursing/Lead Cancer Nurse is to provide senior visible expert clinical and professional leadership for nursing to the Cancer and Haematology Clinical Board and as a core member of the clinical board triumvirate work collectively with the Director of Operations and Clinical Board Chair in the delivery of safe and high-quality patient care. The Head of Nursing/Lead Cancer Nurse is operationally responsible and accountable for the leadership and delivery of nurses and professional standards of nursing within the Clinical Board. This will include providing specialist professional expertise, advice and insight to the Clinical Board Chair and Director of Operations.
  • The Head of Nursing/Lead Cancer Nurse will set standards in conjunction with the senior nursing team which strive for excellence in nursing practice to deliver exceptional patient care. The post-holder will provide clinical leadership to inspire, motivate, and empower nurses and will personally quality assure delivery of careand clinical standards in line with organisational and national policy and practice. This will include supporting the development and delivery of a coherent clinical quality governance and assurance framework which promotes shared learning to ensure a change and improvements in practice.
  • The Head of Nursing/Lead Cancer Nurse will provide clinical and professional leadership to oncology and cancer nurses working across the organisation, motivating and empowering others.
  • The Head of Nursing/Lead Cancer Nurse will provide nursing leadership and support to the corporate cancer team in the strategic implementation of the national cancer transformation agenda, evaluation of national cancer policies and targets including measured standards for specialised cancer services.
  • The Head of Nursing/Lead Cancer Nurse will provide professional support and leadership to oncology and cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists within the organisation.
  • As a member of the Clinical Board Triumvirate, the Head of Nursing will lead effective nursing input into the development of the Boards strategy, policy, and business plan cycle. The post holder will contribute to initiatives and plans across a range of issues, particularly with respect to continuous improvement in patientcare delivery and clinical quality.
  • The Head of Nursing/Lead Cancer Nurse will professionally report into the Executive Chief Nurse via the Deputy Chief Nurse and Associate Directors of Nursing and will support in the operational delivery of trust wide strategic programmes of work relating to clinical standards and professional practice. The Head of Nursing/Lead Cancer Nurse will lead and contribute to the visibility,ownership and delivery of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional strategy 2022 in clinical practice within their area(s) of responsibility. As the senior operational nurse leader, the Head of Nursing/Lead Cancer Nurse will identify and promote priority areas for action including and the completion of high impact actionsannually.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Education


  • Registered Nurse with extensive experience of clinical and strategic work in specialist area e.g., Cancer/oncology
  • Current Registration with NMC
  • Masters Degree or evidence of Masters Level Study

Knowledge & Experience


  • Evidence of progressive career development
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Experience in Matron role or equivalent in acute or community setting
  • Evidence of staff management experience, including managing recruitment, performance monitoring, appraisal, induction and mentoring
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of Professional Nursing Issues (at a local and national level), key government legislation, Clinical Governance, patient safety, quality and Service Improvement
  • Budget management
  • Evidence of leading change management processes


  • Evidence of successful management of major projects
  • Successful management complex organisational or service change
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of other clinical and non-clinical support services

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to work autonomously with minimum direction
  • Ability to provide vision and leadership
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



317 Trustwide


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