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Upper GI and Lower GI Straight to test support nurse

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
With development of straight to test services to support timely triage assessment of 2ww GP referrals, an opportunity has arisen to work within the Upper GI and Lower GI cancer service teams. This role aims to create a seamless pathway from point of GP referral, with timely assessment to expedite onward investigations or outpatient consultation and meet the faster diagnosis standard and improve patient pathway experience.

Main duties of the job

An exciting straight to test (STT) role opportunity has arisen working within the upper GI and lower GI cancer service teams, with 2 days in each team. The role will involve working alongside the specialist nursing team to support the delivery of the optimal timed pathway, earlier diagnosis and onward treatment for patients and improve patient pathway experience. The post holder will be an integral key member of the team helping to support the co-ordination of the patient pathway, including the delivery of the straight to test upper and lower GI service.

In partnership with multi-disciplinary colleagues, specialist cancer nurses and care groups, the post holder will continue to develop and evaluate a seamless specialist upper GI / Lower GI STT service for patients. This will help to deliver the 28-day faster diagnosis standard for patients in East Kent, with a view to earlier diagnosis and/or treatment, with the aim to improve the 62-day pathway compliance. The role with involve daily triaging of 2 week wait GP referrals, patient telephone consultations for assessment and suspected cancer pathway support, along with close working with the cancer compliance team to provide timely onward investigation and 28-day compliance.

You will be responsible for delivering a timely pathway, which will include supporting the nurse specialist team to deliver ongoing review of the straight to test service, cancer compliance measures and patient experience feedback.

About us

Applications for this role should be written by the applicant. If artificial intelligence (AI) programmes are used then the application may be rejected due to this document being an important part of the assessment process. This does not prevent applicants seeking appropriate support with applications should they need to for the purposes of any declared disability.

We are one of the largest hospital trusts in England, with three acute hospitals and community sites serving a local population of around 700,000.We also provide specialist services for Kent and Medway.

We care about our patients and our people. We are focused on providing outstanding, safe patient care, and a positive working culture that benefits staff and patients alike. With our emphasis on staff training and development, a staff support scheme that's second to none, and a healthy package of benefits, it's easy to put down roots in East Kent Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please scroll down to access the full job description and Person Specification located in 'supporting documents'.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Nursing or working towards degree or equivalent
  • Courses/further study attended to demonstrate evidence of continued personal development.


  • Advanced communication skills training
  • Psychological training level 2



  • Experience in a variety of acute clinical settings, endoscopy units and/ or oncology
  • Demonstrates clinical assessment skills and decision making for onward plan of care with concise documentation


  • Experience of breaking bad news
  • Experience of supporting complex patient cases



  • Knowledge of the cancer patient pathway
  • Understands how a collaborative approach aids team working to enhance patient care


  • Knowledge of optimal timed pathway measures
  • Can embrace service improvement and development



  • Demonstrates a problem solving approach to their work through patient assessment
  • Effective communication skills to support the patient pathway


  • Able to prioritise workload and manage time effectively
  • Flexible approach to team working and daily tasks



  • Knowledge and understanding of risk reporting and clinical escalation
  • Shows a professional approach to their role and keen to learn and develop


  • Proficient in the use of hospital computerised patient systems
  • Experience of audit and research projects

Employer details

Employer name

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital/Kent and Canterbury

Ramsgate road



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