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Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum
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.Primary Duties

Manage your own caseload of patients whilst working as part of the multi-disciplinary team . Attend MDT meetings. Communicate highly sensitive and emotive condition related information to patients and relatives e.g terminal illness, bereavement. Assess new patients in the clinical area utilising the holistic needs assessment tool to identify physical, psychological emotional, spiritual and cultural needs and developing a plan as needed. Act as patient advocate when relevant and be aware of all treatment options in order to enable patients to make an informed choice, negotiating with medical teams to agree a pathway of care and treatment. Provide continuity of care throughout the patient journey, liaising across specialist services where required. Contribute to the development of specialised programmes of care and provide written and oral information to patients and relatives. Provide clinical advice and support to healthcare professional within and across organizational boundaries. Act as a role model. Initiate changes in management of care. Provide support for distressed patients/carers and bereaved relatives, identifying patients at risk and referring to appropriate agencies. Maintain and update evidence based knowledge and skill. Undertake complex assessments and review of patients and carers. Contribute to the development of specialist protocols and policies for specialist area care. Be a member of relevant professional association and attend regional/national meetings and conferences

General Responsibilities

Assist in developing in house specialist educational and training programmes. Develop appropriate systems to manage their own workload. Operates on their own initiative whilst being aware of the overall directorate aims and responsibilities. Maintaining professional development. Ensuring that patient experience remains the focal point for service improvement. Contribute to clinical audit and development of knowledge within specialist filed of practice.

Personal Qualities.

Demonstrate self-directed learning, actively seeking role development opportunities to enhance practice, knowledge and role progression. Identify personal education needs and skills development with Line Manager. Understand that there will be frequent exposure to distressing/highly distressing situations when communicating with patients and carers and be aware of own need to seek appropriate support/advice. Demonstrate an awareness of the limits of own practice and knowledge and when to seek appropriate support/advice. Demonstrate excellent communication skills.


The post holder will have regular contact with

Lead CNS

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Lung Cancer Pathway Navigator

Chest Physicians

Oncology Consultants

Fast Track secretarial support

Mustard Tree Macmillan Support Centre Staff

All members of the Lung MDT

All Job Holders are required to

Work to the Trust values - Put patients first, Take ownership, Respect others, Be positive, Listen, learn and improve.

Adhere to Trust policies and procedures, e.g. Health and Safety at Work, Equal Opportunities etc.

Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff development and training.

Attend statutory, essential and mandatory training.

Respect the confidentiality of all matters relating to their employment and other members of staff. All members of staff are required to comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Comply with the Corporate Governance structure in keeping with the principles and standards set out by the Trust.

Comply with the codes of professional conduct set out by the professional body of which registration is required for the post.

Ensure they are familiar with the Risk Management Framework, follow policies, procedures and safe systems of work, make known any hazards or risks that they identify and take all necessary actions to reduce risk.

Ensure the welfare and safety of children within their care. This includes staff who come into contact with children and families in the course of their work as well as those staff who have a specific role with children and families.

Ensure they attend Child Protection training at the appropriate level within the specified time frame.

Staff must comply with Safeguarding Policies and Procedures in order to promote safeguarding and prevent abuse to vulnerable people using Trust services.

Maintain the prevention and control of infection and fully comply with all current Trust Infection Control policies and procedures.

Take responsibility for any records that they create or use in the course of their duties, in line with the Public Records Act and be aware that any records created by an employee of the NHS are public records and may be subject to both legal and professional obligations.

Person Specification



  • oRegistered General Nurse
  • oFirst level degree in related subject or undertaking a Degree Pathway or the equivalent demonstrable experience.
  • oPost-basic qualification in cancer/palliative care or equivalent relevant subject or working towards.


  • oResearch qualification
  • oAdvanced Communications

Knowledge and experience


  • oProven evidence of Continuous personal and professional development
  • oDemonstrable (significant) and relevant post registration experience, at similar level or above, in cancer, palliative care or thoracic surgery


  • oDemonstrable experience of audit and research leadership and demonstrable management experience
  • oEuropean Computer Driving Licence or equivalent

Aptitude and abilities


  • oAbility to support and influence change
  • oIT literate


  • oLeadership and motivational skills

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Derriford Hospital

Derriford Road



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