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Staff Nurse (BAND 6) - Horder Ward

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Staff Nurse to join our team on Horder Ward. Horder Ward is an eight bedded oncology ward providing care for patients undergoing surgery, systemic anti-cancer therapies, radiotherapy and complex symptom management needs.

We are looking for an experienced and motivated oncology nurse to join our team. The post requires a wiliness and enthusiasm to be able to able to support the development of a team of nurses and to be able to co-ordinate a small team of nurses to ensure the needs of our complex patient group are met.

Self-motivation to learn is also important if you are interested in this role. However, you will be supported to develop the competences required with the engagement of the Trusts learning and development team. There is also an opportunity to study at The Royal Marsden Hospital School of Cancer Nursing and Rehabilitation on site at Chelsea depending on individual requirements and availability.

Main duties of the job

1. To coordinate and supervise a shift, communicating effectively with members of a multidisciplinary team to deliver high quality, evidence-led care to patients.2. To exercise clinical judgment and decision making about patient needs in terms of long term goals or plans.3. To participate fully in the day to day organization and running of clinical trials including the recruitment, education and monitoring of patients entering a clinical trial and liaison as required with trial sponsors.4. To assume personal accountability for nursing care delivered to a patient in accordance with the NMC code of conduct. There is an expectation for post holders:o To promote a safe clinical environment for all patients, visitors and staffo To participate in Trust initiatives around infection control and care quality indicatorso To assist with any local or trust initiatives to ensure the continuous improvement of the quality of services and safeguarding of high standards of careo To be aware of all hospital policies and procedures and collaborate with other health care professionals to ensure that these are observed5. To help foster a supportive working environment and maintain staff morale

About us

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Day care Unit in Kingston Hospital.

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits, learning and development opportunities and clear career pathways. There are opportunities to work flexibly across a range of areas and specialities and we welcome flexible working requests from point of hire to support employees work life balance. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.

To complete the first level assessment of patients with cancer and their families to gain an understanding of their physiological, psycho-social, spiritual and cultural needs and to develop a positive, realistic and supportive attitude to ensure that these needs are met. This will include:

Counterchecking patients vital signs, blood results, patient body surface area, chemotherapy prescription and consent before administration of treatment.Educating patients on their treatment such as indications and side effects.Ensuring necessary medication and follow up appointments are obtained.To plan, document, deliver and evaluate care plans from admission through to discharge / transfer discussing this with the patient, their family and multi-disciplinary teams and to alert the Sister/Charge Nurse of any changes. To set goals for each of the identified nursing issues and encourage / teach other nursing staff to do the same. To help the patient achieve set goals through care planning.

As a specialist cancer nurse, to assess the educational and informational needs of the patient and family. This includes producing and using appropriate materials to ensure optimum understanding of nursing care and the likely outcome.

To provide skilled care and expertise in venepuncture and/or cannulation. To assess patients for a suitable central venous access device. To provide education to patients on the care and management of central venous access devices and to adopt a problem solving approach to managing complications with all vascular access devices.

Person Specification



  • NMC Registration
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development
  • RMH Certificate in Intravenous Drug Administration or to be obtained within three months of appointment


  • Qualification in oncology or speciality Diploma or Degree level study (or equivalent)
  • Recognised teaching qualification



  • Experience in intravenous drug administration
  • Sufficient post registration nursing experience in oncology or speciality to be confident and competent in using the required skills to do the job


  • Experience in chemotherapy administration
  • Experience in Clinical Management
  • Evidence of relevant teaching experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical trials management

Skills Abilities/knowledge


  • Experience in oncology or area of specialty
  • Venepuncture and/or cannulation skills
  • Computer Literacy (e.g. use of Microsoft Word and Outlook)

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


The Royal Marsden Hospital Chelsea



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