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Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist - Urology

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The Urology department at the West Suffolk Hospital is seeking a motivated and passionate Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist to manage and support our team of Urology Cancer nurse specialists and Urology Nurse practitioners, but also to work as an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team.

The post holderwill be able to demonstrate sound knowledge and extensive experience in the specialist area of Urology with a high degree of independence and autonomy providing care and treatment to patients utilising advanced clinical judgment and decision making.

As the successful applicant you will be required to take an active role in the delivery of the cancer waiting time targets and support the achievement of diagnostic standards. The post holder will be expected to liaise with colleagues external to the Trust and with regional cancer networks.

To be successful in the role you will need to have experience of the leading within NHS and enjoy the challenge of being part of a hardworking highly productive team.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity, please contact Emily Collins on 01284 712736 or

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will have the opportunity to work with key members of the Trust, community and patient groups to influence and develop the future of the urology services within the West Suffolk Trust to provide a service that is forward facing.
  • Working alongside the multi-disciplinary team will be able to demonstrate an expert clinical knowledge in the area of Urology to support both the cancer nurse specialist team and the Urology nurse practitioner team.
  • In having your own patient caseload, you will be able to provide experienced specialised care within urology and also to share this knowledge and experience with other members of the team.
  • As a part of the Urology leadership team, you will work in conjunction with the operational management team to support the financial and strategic business planning of the urology department.
  • As the lead nurse you will be able develop pathways and guidelines to provide the best possible patient care and meet national standards.
  • The postholder will lead in the development of a Catheter Academy to support the promotion of catheter care skills both within the Trust and within the community.
  • There will be opportunity to undertake literature reviews, audit and research in order to establish an implement best practice.

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

For more information please see job description.

  • Provide a high level of communication by:Liaising with all appropriate members of multi-disciplinary team and ensuring a seamless service between acute and primary care servicesCommunicating very sensitive condition related information to patients and relatives, requiring high levels of empathy and reassurance. This includes highly complex information that needs to be conveyed in easily understood languageEnsuring the provision of appropriate verbal and written patient information, thus empowering the patient to make informed decisions
  • Provide advice to any staff within WSFT on the physical and emotional problems of patients with urological disease and ensure that appropriate referrals are made if necessary, either via the GP or directly if indicated.
  • To evaluate written patient information and revise and update in accordance with current research findings and in line with National, Regional and Local Guidelines.
  • To document and ensure that accurate records are kept on all patients seen by the Urology Nursing Team whether on the wards, attending clinics or visited in other hospitals or the community or by telephone where appropriate.
  • To organise and attend the bi-monthly business and bi-annual service improvement/audit multidisciplinary urology team meetings.
  • To liaise with the Cancer Services Manager and other members of the Urology team to ensure that the service requirements for regular accreditation visits is up to date and ready for scrutiny.
  • To attend any other meetings, e.g. NSSG (network site specific group) relevant to the service as and when required.
  • Clinical Duties:
    • To lead, promote and develop evidence based, high quality nursing care, reviewing practice and effective change where appropriate.
    • Responsible for the assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating care, as an autonomous practitioner with specialist skills.
    • This includes:
      • Provision of care through screening programmes, nurse-led clinics, accepting referrals, undertaking diagnostic procedures, undertaking therapeutic procedures, physical assessments and obtaining written consent to treatment
      • Referring patients directly to specialists in other professions
      • Allocation of cases to other members of the specialist team
    • Provide expert specialist clinical advice for patients, carers and health care
    • Carry a caseload, and responsibility for the management of complex

    Person Specification

    Education and qualifications


    • Registered Nurse
    • Degree
    • Post registration module in Specialist field of work
    • Research Module or evidence of research based learning / application
    • Teaching & mentoring qualification or equivalent
    • Evidence of professional continuous development and portfolio of learning
    • Leadership or management module
    • Willingness & ability to work toward masters


    • Non medical prescriber
    • Advanced clinical assessment skills
    • Advanced communication skills or counselling qualification
    • Master's degree

    Experience and knowledge


    • Significant clinical experience as nurse specialist in the speciality
    • Recognised as an expert in the field of practice with the ability to clinically assess
    • Experience in project or change management
    • Evidence of leading service change
    • Evidence of managing a budget effectively
    • Experience in managing and or leading a team


    • Practical experience of policy development
    • Audit or research experience

    Skills and abilities


    • Advanced communication skills
    • Effective communicator with proven ability to influence all levels of staff
    • Ability to work autonomously as an independent practitioner.
    • Proven leadership and team leading skills
    • Proven ability to manage and progress own professional development
    • Presentation skills
    • oAble to respond to change and apply themselves to development in practice

    Personal qualities


    • Highly motivated
    • Compassionate leadership skills
    • Ability to problem solve and seek solutions
    • Committed to continuous service development and quality improvement
    • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and targets
    • Ability to synthesise information, consider and evaluate risks and options when making difficult decisions.
    • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values

    Employer details

    Employer name

    West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


    West Suffolk Hospital

    Bury St Edmunds


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