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Lymph node Accelerated (LAP) Pathway CNS

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Part Time
The aim of this 12-month fixed term secondment will be to identify and confirm diagnostic pathways, identify and manage the patient caseload with the abilities to audit the workload to support future developments within the service across DCH.

The role will provide high quality, specialist, expert nursing care and support for patients and their carers during the diagnostic period.

The successful candidate will influence all related aspects of care and management of patients and deliver individualised and personalised direct patient care.

The ability to communicate with a wide range of health care professionals is key to this role.

To work in conjunction with the management team and senior doctors to ensure the provision of high-quality evidence based patient care.

Main duties of the job

Provision of specialist, high quality, expert nursing care and support for patients and their carers during the diagnostic period, ensuring timely and appropriate investigations suspected into their pathological lymph nodes and appropriate referral to specialities as required.

About us

At DCHFT, we pride ourselves on the care we provide for our patients, and on the culture, we are creating for our staff. We work hard to create a fair, inclusive environment for our staff

Our Mission is to provide outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them, and our vision is Dorset County Hospital, working with our health and social care partners, will be at the heart of improving the well-being of our communities.

We are a Trust that celebrates diversity, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome applications from people in all under-represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Deliver evidence based individualised patient care according to patient changing health care needs.

To work autonomously and seek collaborative relationships with others across and within professional boundaries, liaising within the health care community to provide specialist advise for patients and their relatives, carers and other health care professionals within the trust and community settings.

To develop patient pathways and be responsible for developing the nursing service for pathological lymph node referrals.

To provide expert knowledge and advice in own specialist area, ensuring maintenance of clinical excellence underpinned by evidence-based practice.

Work within the multidisciplinary team (MDT) and cancer management team to ensure that your cancer service complies with the national standards for safety and quality, which are assessed the National Cancer Quality Surveillance Programme process and actively contribute to work plans resulting in the Quality Surveillance Programme assessment.

Lead and develop (with support) the diagnostic pathway for patients who require investigations for suspected pathological lymph nodes.

The post holder will provide specialist advice: will be an educational resource and participate in the continuing education of the multi-professional health care team in all aspects of Haematology.

To perform an effective key role with the MDT to deliver cancer waiting time targets and pathways communication. To actively participate in multi-professional meetings, acting as the patients advocate representing both patients and nursing views.

The post holder will demonstrate the skills for assessing patients conditions and initiating actions as appropriate.

Person Specification

Education and Training


  • Registered Nurse
  • Post registration haematology / oncology qualification
  • 1st level degree


  • Teaching qualification
  • History taking and physical examination qualification or willingness undertake
  • Masters level qualification or willingness to work towards
  • Management or Leadership training
  • Advanced communications skills course or willingness to undertake
  • Experience of working autonomously and developing patient pathways and service development

Knowledge and Experience


  • At least 3 years experience of working in a patient facing role in Haematology or Oncology setting
  • Demonstrable experience at band 6
  • Demonstrates knowledge and experience of undertaking audit
  • Experience of working collaboratively
  • Experience of working autonomously
  • Experience of interdisciplinary teaching
  • Awareness of national political and professional agenda in Haematology care and Oncology cancer care


  • Experience in delivering nurse-led clinics



  • Clinical, managerial and leadership skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent word processing, report writing and presentational skills
  • Teaching skills
  • Good working knowledge of information governance and confidentiality
  • Commitment to achieving corporate objectives of organisation


  • Physical examination, and history taking skills

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Dorset County Hospital

Williams Avenue



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