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Registered Nurse - Pre-Diagnosis Hub

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Band 5
Part Time
We are piloting and developing a new innovative pre-diagnostic hub clinical nurse specialist service at Colchester Hospital and this is your chance as a nurse to be part of its development and make a difference to our patients on cancer pathways.

We are looking for a Registered Nurse, who is interested in working in oncology, to join the team and develop their skills. This post is part time 30 hours per week.

The hub is being created to coordinate faster diagnosis and the safe tracking of patients with suspected or a confirmed cancer diagnosis.

We are testing a new way of working by merging the pre-diagnosis service with non-site specific and developing pathway management for patients included on the GRAIL Trial, Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP) and Malignancy or Metastatic disease of Unknown Origin (MUO).

The pilot's goal is to improve referral and diagnostic pathways. The hub will improve patient experience, access to services and waiting times on diagnostic pathways. The aim is to achieve the national objective of earlier diagnosis and support patients safely through this part of the pathway. Patients will be identified through AOS, Patient Tracking Lists (PTL) and liaison with the cancer performance and clinical teams.

This post is fixed term until 31st March 2025. Internal applicants currently employed by ESNEFT will be offered on a secondment basis only. Please ensure you have discussed this with your line manager.

Main duties of the job

  • To support clinical teams by facilitating patient access to various diagnostic tests and support co-ordination of the pathway in accordance with agreed guidance
  • To track and monitor diagnostic tests and results for identified patients, escalating abnormalities to the responsible clinical tea
  • To monitor red flag symptoms of patients on complex or long pathways, flagging any concerns to the responsible clinician, maximising patient safety and outcome
  • To provide information and psychological support, advising patients and their loved ones of expected next step
  • To facilitate transfer of nursing care to the relevant key worker if a cancer is diagnosed, or support discharge back to their GP if benign or otherwise indicate
  • To undertake holistic needs assessments of identified patients, enabling timely support and advocacy of patients' personalised care needs
  • To support the CNS team with the establishment of the clinical hub, ensuring the service runs within agreed guidelines.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse
  • Current relevant registration with NMC
  • Post-registration experience gained working in frontline services, undertaking assessments and delivering therapeutic interventions
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development


  • Teaching qualification e.g.ENB 998 or equivalent
  • NVQ assessment qualification

Experience and Knowledge


  • Awareness of current political/professional issues
  • Demonstrates awareness of the 6C's and Trust values
  • Knowledge of the Data Protection Act
  • Experience of the assessment and care planning of complex patient needs
  • Knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice.
  • Understanding and ability to apply clinical governance principles to practice.
  • Knowledge of developments in cancer care and current issues driving nursing in general


  • Previous experience within the NHS and or primary care
  • Participation in audit and research
  • Previous experience in oncology or palliative care disciplines

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Colchester Hospital

Turner Road



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