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Lung Cancer Specialist Nurse

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Depending on experience Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
6 Mar 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse, Respiratory nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Cancer Services Team for a Lung Cancer Specialist Nurse to work with the Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist team and Lung Cancer MDT. We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and self-motivated nurse with demonstrable experience in cancer to work as part of the Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist Team specialising in caring and supporting patients with lung cancer and their carers.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

This job is a Band 6 post which will provide care for patients with lung cancer. It will enable a nurse to develop the practical and theoretical skills to be able to deliver high quality lung cancer nursing to patients and their families.
  • Under direction from the Lead Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist you will assess, plan, implement and evaluate expert nursing care and provide support to lung cancer patients and their carers. The post holder will have continuing responsibility for the co-ordination and organisation of individual treatment programmes throughout the illness trajectory and work to develop communication across divisional and organisational boundaries.
  • Provide specialist nursing advice and psychological support to patients, carers and healthcare professionals.
  • Acts as a resource and contributes to the education and training of other healthcare professionals as required.
  • Contribute to service development, audit and research projects and help develop educational packages as needed.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Manage your own caseload of patients whilst working as part of the multi-disciplinary team2. Attend MDT meetings3. Communicate highly sensitive and emotive condition related information to patients and relativese.g terminal illness, bereavement.4. Assess new patients in the clinical area utilising the holistic needs assessment tool to identifyphysical, psychological emotional, spiritual and cultural needs and developing a plan as needed.5. Act as patient advocate when relevant and be aware of all treatment options in order to enablepatients to make an informed choice, negotiating with medical teams to agree a pathway of care andtreatment.6. Provide continuity of care throughout the patient journey, liaising across specialist services whererequired.7 Contribute to the development of specialised programmes of care and provide written and oralinformation to patients and relatives.8Provide clinical advice and support to healthcare professional within and across organizationalboundaries9 Act as a role model.10 Initiate changes in management of care.11 Provide support for distressed patients/carers and bereaved relatives, identifying patients at riskand referring to appropriate agencies.12 Maintain and update evidence based knowledge and skills13 Undertake complex assessments and review of patients and carers.14 Contribute to the development of specialist protocols and policies for specialist area of care.15 Be a member of relevant professional association and attend regional/national meetings andconferences.

Person Specification



  • NMC Registered nurse
  • Post registration specialist qualification
  • Continuous personal and professional development
  • Proven knowledge of national issues regarding access to treatment


  • BSc/BA in nursing or related subject

Aptitude and Abilities


  • Good communication skills, written and verbal, with ability to demonstrate fluency, clarity and effectiveness at all levels
  • Ability to prioritise workload


  • Ability/demonstrable experience of directing and instructing others
  • Teaching and mentoring skills

Knowledge & Experience


  • Registered Nurse
  • Proven post registration
  • Working with cancer patients


  • Demonstrable experience of acute hospital setting

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Oncology UHP

Derriford Road



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