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Sister / Charge Nurse - Oncology Day Unit

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
23 Apr 2024
An opportunity has arisen for a Sister/Charge Nurse on the Oncology Day Unit. We are looking for an experienced Nurse with Oncology and Chemotherapy experience to join our rapidly developing service. You will have the passion and drive to take charge of the Unit, lead the nursing team and continue to help develop the service. You will have excellent communication and clinical skills, and put patients at the heart of your work.

The Oncology Day Unit has 17 treatment spaces. There is an isolation space and use of James Watson Suite for care of patients undergoing brachytherapy. The Oncology Day Unit is open 6 days per week 07:30-20:00 on weekdays and 07:30-16:00 on weekends.

You must demonstrate competence at leading shifts, knowledge and experience in Oncology and be competent in chemotherapy administration. This is an exciting time to join the cancer nursing team at CUH as we continue to develop and grow our services for patients.

You will be responsible for coordinating the Day Unit as well as supporting the Senior Sister. Be competent in providing safe and effective care, including the administration of systemic anti cancer therapy to the patients on the Unit. To participate in the supervision, teaching, mentorship and appraisal of pre and post registration staff. To demonstrate professional leadership and act as a role model, ensuring the provision of a high quality, effective and safe clinical service in line with the corporate nursing and midwifery agenda.

Main duties of the job

To assist the Senior Sister in the overall management of the Oncology Day Unit and to provide safe, individualised, holistic and evidence based, patient focused care for Oncology patients within the service.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

A welcome subsidy of �1000 is available to all Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses, Midwives, ODPs and Radiographers taking up substantive employment with the Trust.

Closing date is midnight on 21 April 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 29 April 2024

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse
  • Studied to at least diploma level
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Development that is pertinent to the specialty
  • Registered mentor or willingness to undertake qualification.


  • Degree-level qualification
  • A specialist cancer module
  • Advanced communication
  • Nurse-led Clinic competency or willingness to work towards.



  • Significant experience in Oncology/Cancer
  • Care of patients with life-threatening illness
  • Mentoring and preceptorship
  • Managing people
  • Managing a service area in the absence of more senior staff


  • Coordination of shift
  • Bleep holder experience
  • Care of patient undergoing Brachytherapy
  • Experience of working with external organisations.



  • Good level of knowledge in cancer and it's treatment
  • The impact of cancer on the patient and their family
  • Some understanding of team dynamics and how one influences these.


  • Risk Management process (with Clinical Governance)
  • Organisational development process
  • Awareness of broader issues that affecting Healthcare provision.



  • Competent in IV drug administration
  • Venepuncture and cannulation
  • Competent in administration of Systemic anti-cancer treatment
  • Good communication skills
  • Caseload and workload management
  • Teamwork
  • Will actively intervene to improve patient outcomes


  • Able to effectively and safely hold the directorate bleep
  • Counselling skills

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind and Excellent.
  • A desire to work with people living with cancer
  • A flexible approach to shift patterns in line with service requirements

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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