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Band 5 Staff Nurse - SACT

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford & Banbury
£28,407 to £34,581 £24,907 - £30,615 per annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Day Treatment Unit, Cancer Centre, Churchill Hospital, Oxford

& Brodey Centre, Horton Hospital, Banbury

The role of a SACT (systemic anti-cancer therapies) nurse is to provide care for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy or one of the new treatments (e.g. immunotherapies) and is a challenging and rewarding field of nursing.

We in the Oxford Cancer & Haematology Day Treatment Unit (DTU) and the Brodey Centre in Banbury are looking to recruit nurses who are kind, committed, motivated and forward thinking to complement our team to deliver the best care for patients receiving these treatments. The units are open Monday - Friday: 8am-7pm and Saturday: 8am-4pm. Cross site working between Oxford and Banbury will be expected as needed, so a full UK driving licence and access to a car is essential. The posts are full time: 37.5hrs/week.

Main duties of the job

Training and support to progress through competency learning packages for cannulation & venepuncture and care of patients with central venous access devices, along with obtaining a qualification in 'Caring for a Patient Receiving Chemotherapy' is provided.

Post registration experience and the ability to communicate effectively with all members of the multi-disciplinary team is essential. Oncology or haematology experience is desirable but not essential.

If you would like to discuss these posts or have further questions, please contact the DTU Sisters:

Jane Skelly 01865 235576

or Liz Mellish 01865 235577

or Brodey Centre Sister Lisa Aston 01295 224197

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

Scope of the role Provide exceptional patient care which is underpinned by the best evidence based practiceand OUH values. Work in partnership with the patients family and friends, and to be actively involved in the caring process on behalf of the patient where agreed. Manage, direct and evaluate the nursing care for a defined caseload of patients. Communicate effectively with patients/relatives/carers and all members of the multidisciplinary team. Maintain and develop high standards of nursing care, reflecting the professional nursing practice and patient care commensurate with The Oxford Model for Exemplary Professional Nursing and Midwifery Practice. Maintain and develop general and specialist knowledge of nursing practice relevant to the clinical area. Conduct oneself in a professional manner and be a role model to others at all times commensurate with The Code (NMC 2015). Develop skills to provide senior nurse cover for the department in the absence of the Sister or Charge Nurse or their deputy. Work proactively to ensure every hospital visit meets the needs of the patient and that patients are discharged in a timely manner ensuring effective communication with the family and/or relevant agencies as planned and agreed.Clinical PracticeThis job description outlines the core requirements expected of a Foundation Staff Nurse Band 5 nurse and is aligned to the Trusts clinical nurse career ladder. The clinical ladder outlines the minimum requirements for progression against each of the nursing levels. The list below is not exhaustive and specific requirements related to any specialist area of practice will be outlined with the prospective post holder. These requirements will be included as an addition to these genericdescriptors as role specific prior to employment together with the clinical skills ladder as a point of reference for development and progression.Patient Care Demonstrate and promote a patient and family centred style of clinical practice. Be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care from admission to discharge. Accurately document and report to other members of the nursing team, multi-disciplinary team and family/carers regarding the care given to patients, and communicating changes as they occur. Respond to emergency situations with composure, maintaining patient safety and seeking immediate support, and supporting the patient, family/carers and other staff as required Identify and discuss patient needs with the team/staff, patients, carers and the multidisciplinary team. Be able to plan own workload. Demonstrate a problem solving approach to effectively execute planning, implementation and evaluation of individualised plans of care based on a person centred model of care. Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers and other staff, overcoming barriers to understanding and providing support during distressing or emotional events.Page 4 of 9 Maintain patient dignity and confidentiality at all times.Professional Practice Ensure clinical practice is evidence based or peer reviewed best practice. Develop and maintain clinical skills and knowledge necessary to provide person centred, evidence based nursing care. With supervision and assistance, take on increased responsibility (for example being a named nurse), recognising own limitations and seeking help appropriately. Set and maintain standards of practice, conduct and decision making commensurate with The Code (NMC 2015). Be competent in the use of all relevant Trust information technology (IT) systems including the use of electronic patient records (EPR), email and associated professional media ensuring that data is entered in an accurate and timely fashion, in accordance with Trust policy and procedure. Engage in and promote a paper light approach to information management. Maintain use of email and other modes of communication in order to keep abreast of information disseminated across the Trust. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of accountability, responsibility and duty of care. Work towards the provision of support and education for less experienced and nonregistered staff on the implications for practice.Leadership and Management Ensure compliance with the Health and Social Care Act regulations 2010 by adhering to the Care Quality Commission standards at all times raising concerns to the Sister/charge Nurse or an appropriate senior person, (CQC 2010 Guidance about compliance: Summary of regulations, outcomes and judgement framework). Contribute towards quality and improvement initiatives being undertaken in the department, as directed by Ward Manager or deputies. Ensure the appropriate management of clinical and general waste. Ensure staffing resources are used appropriately when prescribing and implementing care and treatments. Report near misses and untoward incidents, complaints, clinical emergencies, injury or medicine administration errors as detailed in departmental and Trust protocols and procedures, assist the Sister / Charge Nurse in investigating incidents as required. Be proactive in seeking a response to the issues raised in order to disseminate the actionsidentified and provide own account of events if asked to support an investigation. Demonstrate an awareness of and compliance with Health and Safety Regulations that apply to staff and patients. To escalate concerns to senior staff in an appropriate and timely manner. Be familiar with the Oxford Model of Exemplary Nursing and Midwifery Practice and ensure that all key performance indicators are me as agreed. Maintain and contribute to the development of standards of practice, conduct or decision making in conjunction immediate line manager. Discuss personal and professional development needs during an annual appraisal, developing, agreeing and documenting action points in the electronic recording and personal development plan. Ensure that a smart, professional image that enhances the public perception of the Trust and the professionalism of its staff is portrayed.

Person Specification



  • Registered nurse (part 1, 8, 12 or 15 of register depending on area of practice)
  • UK recognised Degree in Nursing relevant to post


  • Post-graduate qualification related to an area of practice.

Clinical Practice


  • Articulate and knowledgeable of skills needed to deliver a high standard of care in the area of practice.
  • Able to document observations, results, decisions and actions etc. effectively in patient's notes and communicate these effectively to appropriate members of the multi-disciplinary team.


  • Competent to administer intravenous medicines

Leadership and Management


  • Demonstrates ability to maintain and contribute to the development of standards of practice, conduct or decision making in conjunction with their line manager.
  • Acts as a role model and are able to lead by example to ensure the Trust's values and behaviours are reinforced throughout their area of practice.


  • Previous experience in the relevant specialty

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Churchill Hospital, Oxford & Brodey Centre, Banbury

Old Road

Oxford & Banbury


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