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Colorectal Specialist Nurse

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a new colorectal band 7 specialist nurse to join our team. This is a full-time, permanent post, 37.5 hours working Monday - Friday.

This is an extremely rewarding yet challenging role, you will be guiding patients through a bowel cancer pathway which will involve diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance. You will be the first port of call for all your patients.

We work directly with the colorectal surgeons within the hospital, radiologists, pathologists, the oncology team, and we also link in with Addenbrookes.

We provide a support network for our patient's during a very difficult time of their lives, you will be providing hands on nursing care as well as a great deal of emotional support.

Our work is time sensitive and we play an important role ensuring patient's progress quickly through the bowel cancer pathway. This enables us to provide the best care for our patients giving them the best possible outcome. We must also stay in line with national cancer targets and standards.

If you are an experienced nurse in colorectal or general surgery with an interest in bowel cancer, please contact us to discuss the role further.

Main duties of the job

  • Coordinate and take part in the colorectal MDT.
  • Support, navigate and care for patient's both physically and psychologically, through cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  • Ordering and chasing relevant investigations for patients.
  • Maintain the colorectal surveillance programme.
  • Support consultants and patients when bad news is being given.
  • Support the stoma care and straight to test teams with advice and cover for sickness.
  • Education of junior staff.
  • Support ward staff with education and experience.
  • Keep patient information on the trust website up to date and relevant.
  • Hold nurse led clinics.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see job description for full details.
  • Controls and manages own case load, excepting referrals medical staff, and discharges patients as appropriate.
  • The main focus of this role will be to assess and discharge patients from the rapid access pathway in a timely fashion.
  • Accepts and makes referrals from and to other health professions as necessary e.g. Macmillan team, palliative care teams and community care teams.
  • To continue to promote a seamless service across the hospital for stoma care and colorectal nursing care.
  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge and skills in coloproctology and shares this with others to positively influence patient care.
  • Works in close collaboration with the staff within the hospital, advises and recommending on the nursing care and treatment of relevant patients, liaising with the MDT as appropriate.
  • Provides extensive support to patients/ carers utilising advanced communication skills, particularly at exposure to highly distressing or highly emotional circumstances and problems at time diagnosis whether as an inpatient or outpatient.
  • Acts as patients advocate where relevant, when informed discussion may lead to choices being made about treatment options.
  • Acts as a point of contact for patients and relatives for advice and support.
  • To support in both giving malignant diagnosis and benign diagnosis to patients and carers.
  • To establish rapport with both family or carers
  • To identify problems and needs
  • To provide resources and facilities to meet individual needs.
  • Through explanation and reassurance to allay patients anxieties regrading investigations and treatments.
  • To advise patients on what treatment options are available where appropriate.
  • To give relevant appropriate information both verbally and in writing.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • Diploma in adult nursing or equivalent.


  • BSc Nursing or equivalent
  • Advanced communication
  • Preparation for mentorship or equivalent.

Experience and knowledge


  • Experience in general or colorectal surgery.
  • Good all-round experience of gastroenterology and colorectal nursing.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the NMC scope of prioritising workload.
  • Track record of building and maintaining effective working relationships and all disciplines.
  • Demonstrable commitment to education, training, and personal development.


  • Interest in research and audit.
  • Experience in colorectal and stoma care.
  • Experience in wound management.

Skills and abilities


  • Good communicator in person and in writing.
  • Keen and able to manage the interface with nursing.
  • Able to take on an extended role and willing to undertake further training as required.


  • Counselling skills.
  • Computer literate or willing to undertake IT training.

Personal qualities


  • Committed.
  • Hardworking.
  • Works well within a team.

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital

Bury St Edmunds


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