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Non-Site Specific & CUP Clinical Nurse Specialist

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

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Band 7
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Cancer Management Team to develop this service working in conjunction with several key members of staff within the Trust. The post-holder will provide a specialist nursing service for patients with NSS (Non-site specific) symptoms and Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP), or those on multiple pathways. This role will link in with all services across the Trust including ED and the Acute Oncology Service (AOS). It also has strong links into the Frailty Service and the Vague Symptoms Pathway including Lymphoma.

The post-holder will be passionate and have experience in working within cancer services. We are looking for someone with successful change management and have a good knowledge of NHS Policy, specifically Cancer Standards, who can establish effective working partnerships and therefore have excellent communication skills.

As part of the interview, shortlisted candidates will be expected to do a presentation entitled:- What would you identify as your key objectives within the role to make a difference to patient care.

Main duties of the job

Providing a specialist nursing service for patients with (Non-site specific) NSS symptoms & (Cancer of unknown primary) CUP or those on multiple pathways. This role will link in with all services across the Trust including ED and AOS. This service will have strong links into the frailty service and the vague symptoms pathway including lymphoma.

Providing psychological support, expert advice, nursing knowledge and skills to patients and their families. The post holder will act as resource to advise, educate and support those involved in the care of patients with NSS & CUP. The post holder will need to work with the Trust management Team to improve the 62 day target and working towards 28 days faster diagnose.

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 the job description and person specification attached for further information on the role.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:
  • To triage patients who are referred on multiple pathways to the most appropriate single pathway or into the NSS pathway.
  • To work with all multidisciplinary teams to provide expert clinical advice to staff, patients and carers across the Trust.
  • To facilitate patients access to various diagnostic tests and support co-ordination of the pathway in accordance with agreed guidance
  • To be the point of contact and manage the pathway for CUP patients.
  • To track and monitor diagnostic tests and results for identified patients, escalating abnormalities to the responsible clinical teams.
  • To be proactive in the setting up and establishment of this new service, actively engaging with other stakeholders to ensure that processes are robust and the service operates within the agreed guidance
  • Works with the Cancer Management Team, Vague Symptoms service, AOS, the Frailty service and other cancer teams to review working processes and pathways in order to improve compliance with the 28 days faster diagnose target for NSS & CUP patients.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • NMC level 1
  • ENB 237/A27 or cancer nursing degree
  • ENB998/teaching qualification or equivalent
  • Educated to master level, or equivalent experience


  • Clinical Examination Course
  • Non Medical Prescribing Advanced communication skills course

Experience & Knowledge


  • Post registration experience at a Band 6 within an area that deals with cancer patients
  • Awareness of cancer policy and its application
  • Evidence of professional development & its relevant application
  • Knowledge of change management process
  • Ability to develop nursing excellence and clinical practice
  • Standard setting & protocol development
  • Clinical audit
  • Initiation & evaluation of evidence based practice
  • Evidence of service development


  • Haematology/Oncology nursing
  • Project management
  • GCP (Good clinical Practice) Training
  • Knowledge of Clinical Research

Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to record & deal with accurate facts, figures and information.
  • Expert written, & verbal, communication & presentation skills
  • Ability to plan, organise, prioritise & coordinate work under pressure & using own initiative.


  • Ability to think strategically & to participate in service development
  • Venepuncture & cannulation skills

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to remain calm & work effectively in stressful situations
  • Ability to act independently and delegate appropriately
  • Flexible to change in demands or service
  • Friendly, approachable and supportive
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Good time management
  • Demonstrate commitment to quality service provision
  • Professional attitude to work
  • Expert role model
  • Approachable and supportive
  • Ability to undertake manual handling tasks


  • Ability to travel within the Anglia Cancer Network

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hardwick Lane

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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