Macmillan Acute Oncology Service / Cancer of Unknown Primary CNS

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
Weston Super Mare
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata (Dependant on experience)
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
  • The post-holder will act as a Keyworker for patients, via telephone triage, emergency department, SDEC or admitted to the Trust with an oncological emergency, a suspected cancer diagnosis, and complications of Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment (SACT) or with a cancer of unknown primary.
  • The post-holder will continually evaluate the Acute Oncology/Cancer of Unknown Primary service to improve and maintain standards of patient care and promote a seamless service within a multi-professional framework
  • Be a clinical expert in Acute Oncology and Cancer of Unknown primary with excellent communication skills. The role requires the ability to work autonomously and independently but within an integrated collaborative team
  • Please see Job description for further detail.
  • Fixed term position for 6 months. We are looking for an individual to be proactive, dynamic & motivated to work with the established AOS CNS team.

Main duties of the job

  • Ensure their role reflects the core components of the clinical nurse specialist which includes: clinical practice, management / organisation, education, research and audit, taking into account the national cancer agenda and its impact on service delivery
  • Delivers quality care by delivering evidence based individualised and personalised care
  • To be a point of contact for patients with a suspected cancer diagnosis, a cancer diagnosis & /or a cancer of unknown primary and patients admitted with complications of Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment or an oncological emergency
  • Act as a role model demonstrating high standards of care and providing clinical leadership to others
  • Use of advanced communications skills when discussing diagnosis, treatment options, prognosis with patients with a new cancer diagnosis / suspected cancer diagnosis
  • Implementation and evaluation of person-centred care for all patients
  • Support nurses & medical teams in the review & management of inpatients admitted with a suspected cancer diagnosis / a cancer of unknown primary and patients admitted with complications of Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment or an oncological emergency

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualification & Training


  • Active 1st level registration with NMC
  • Relevant accredited post registration qualification at level 3
  • Qualification in Teaching, assessing and Mentoring


  • Willingness to work towards Masters level academic study

Knowledge & Skills


  • Appropriate post registration experience in nursing and speciality
  • Proven commitment and experience, evidence in teaching
  • Understanding of acute oncological emergencies and their treatment management
  • Ability to work effectively in an emotionally demanding environment


  • Experience of undertaking research or audit projects
  • Experience as preceptor / mentor
  • Understand the role of the MDTs
  • Relevant post registration experience, at Band 5 or above in Cancer Services including Acute Oncology and Emergency care
  • Understanding of Macmillan Cancer Support and its role across the UK
  • Appropriate proven leadership and management experience

Skills & Abilities


  • Organisation and management skills
  • Teaching
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Flexibility, adaptability to meet needs of a changing service
  • Ability to perform clinical activities specific to speciality
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to manage difficult situations
  • Act as a role model and as a mentor/assessor
  • Innovative and participates with practice and policy change
  • Awareness of professional responsibilities to self and others
  • Commitment to the development and provision of high quality nursing care
  • Awareness of current national changes in nursing / NHS


  • Able to influence other team members
  • Ability to lead a team



  • Supportive
  • Respectful
  • Innovative
  • Collaborative

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Weston general Hospital

Grange Road, Uphill

Weston Super Mare

BS23 4TQ

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