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Band 6 Nurse Day Treatment Unit

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Headington, Oxford
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Band 6 SACT NURSE, Oncology & Haematology Day Treatment Unit

Cancer Centre, Churchill Hospital, Oxford

Our fabulous Oncology and Haematology Day Treatment Unit (DTU) team, are looking for a kind, committed and motivated individual who is looking to develop their managerial skills, to join our team, where a wide range of Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapies (SACT) are administered to approximately 90 patients per day, all requiring an individual approach to care.

Main duties of the job

Applicants should be calm in a busy environment, an excellent team player, have a tactful, sensitive manner, prioritises patient safety and is passionate about delivering excellent care and with a flexible approach and a willingness to contribute to improvements in the service. Completion of a recognised SACT course and experience in administering SACT is essential, along with venepuncture/cannulation experience.

DTU is open Monday - Saturday, with occasional cross site working to our DTU in the Horton Hospital, Banbury.

Successful candidates can look forward to working in a professional environment with a team that is passionate about delivering outstanding care to patients and their families. There are many opportunities for personal and professional development including PG Cert or MSc level courses for candidates who shine and want to progress their career within the NHS.

For more information please contact Caley Hockaday, lead SACT nurse, at

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. Find out more

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To assist the Nurse Manager in providing clinical and managerial leadership to all staff and with the delivery of the Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) service, ensuring systems and processes are updated as required.
  • To be professionally and clinically responsible to patients within the unit, providing and maintaining a high standard of care and maintaining a communication link between patient and organisation.
  • Contribute to the development of clinical practice, with regards to Departmental, Trust and National recommendations, communicating this to junior colleagues in a positive manner in order to maintain a consistent, motivated day treatment focus and act as a resource to the Trust.
  • Able to travel between day units, to assist when required.


Leadership & Management

Experienced in the role of unit coordinator and with strategies for dealing with issues as they arise, with advice and support from senior staff.

Manage the unit in the absence 0f the nurse manager as required.

Provide leadership and supervision, managerial direction, and support to junior colleagues within the day unit team in the delivery of service, proactively anticipating and planning for trends whilst maintaining the cohesive team structure and effective use of resources.

Promote effective communication between all members of the health care team to support a cohesive working environment for patients and staff.

Demonstrate the ability to utilise different leadership and managerial styles in practice.

To be competent in managing challenging situations that may arise, (i.e. managing conflict).

Support the Nurse Manager in the recruitment, orientation and training and absence management of all help and maintenance of: E-roster, MyLearning, Good Shape Central.

When required, assist the other SACT day unit, in absence of their Nurse Manager / at times of staff shortage.

Ensure appropriate and cost-effective resource management including staffing, equipment supplies and disposables.

Demonstrate an understanding of teams, their dynamics and how to motivate team members to participate and complete tasks

Lead and motivate the team, being an active player providing direction, leadership, feedback and appraisal with consideration and support.

Undertake the appraisal and negotiation of ongoing development plans for members of their own team, in conjunction with the Nurse Manager, with reference to the unit and departmental objectives based upon agreed Trust competencies.

Support junior staff to develop mentoring and appraisal skills.

Lead in a specific area of day unit practice as agreed, making recommendations, co-ordinating projects and developing practice guidelines and policies based upon robust evidence gained from risk assessment, audit and literature review.

Prioritise own work and that of others to ensure both the patient and unit is managed safely and effectively.


Has completed relevant training for the Safe Handling & Administration of SACT.

Demonstrate technical skills ensuring adherence to trust and local policies (e.g. cannulation, SACT administration, central venous catheter management, and phlebotomy).

Demonstrate expert knowledge and skills in the management of the changing healthcare needs of the patients, responding to changes promptly and appropriately and developing specialised plans of care or follow relevant protocols in collaboration with senior nurses and with pharmacy and medical colleagues where required.

Maintain accurate and comprehensive documentation, through use of various software packages in current use (eg EPR, Aria).

Act as a clinical role model, demonstrating expert knowledge and skills in the care of patients receiving SACT, responding to changes promptly and appropriately, developing specialised plans of care / follow relevant protocols in collaboration with other senior nurses and the multi-professional team, patients and significant others.

Assist Nurse Manager with investigations and completion of ulysess.

Promote partnership with patients and promote their right to informed choice and support their ability to self-care.

Maintain personal contact with patients, relatives, and carers, being sensitive to their needs for courtesy, dignity and privacy and always ensuring a friendly environment.

Promote effective communication with all members of the multi-disciplinary team, using their contributions effectively in the delivery of care and the service.

Provide clinical direction and support to junior colleagues within the day unit team in the delivery of patient care.

Understand and comply with the storing, checking, and administering of drugs in accordance with unit drug programme, Trust policy and NMC standards and train and support others with this procedure.

Exercise accountability, by practicing within own limitations and level of competence and identifying developmental needs and proactively addressing these requirements with the support of a mentor.

Person Specification

Education Training


  • Registered nurse (part 1 or 12 of the NMC register
  • Honours Degree
  • Relevant training in Caring for patient receiving SACT


  • Teaching/management qualification
  • Masters Degree

Special Skills/Aptitudes


  • Demonstrable experience in day unit co-ordination
  • Excellent clinical skills, able to deliver a high standard of care.


  • Evidence of change management
  • Experience of managing a team

Personal Qualities


  • Able to cope effectively under pressure and manage complex and challenging situations
  • Able to communicate effectively at all levels.

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


The Churchill Hospital

Old Road

Headington, Oxford


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