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Macmillan Acute Oncology & Immunotherapy Nurse Consultant

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum pro rata
Closing date
24 Apr 2024

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the right candidate to join our dynamic and growing Acute Oncology Nursing Team as a Macmillan Nurse Consultant. We are looking for a highly skilled acute nurse with advanced skills who has experience in oncology and A& E, and is passionate about, delivering high quality acute oncology care, with a specialist interest in immunotherapy (immune checkpoint inhibitors).

The Acute Oncology team at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells comprises of a team of Acute Oncology Nurse Practitioners, CNS's, support worker and navigator who work across both sites at Maidstone Hospital and Pembury. To date the team's achievements, include implementation of a 7-day service, working together to support patients with complications of cancer treatments, and cancer related issues, promoting early recognition, management and early supportive discharge.

The advertised role has been developed following recommendations from the Kent & Medway Cancer Alliance Acute Oncology Improvement Report and the wider Oncology Review and is aligned to national recommendations for AOS Clinical Leadership, collaborative working and engagement with improved working practices and equity between Cancer Centres and District General Hospitals.

This role will be key in the nursing leadership of improved pathways for patients receiving immune checkpoint inhibitors presenting unwell to the acute hospital and support the development of the planned Acute Oncology SDECC.

Main duties of the job

The job will involve working as an autonomousadvancedpractitioner with nurse led clinics, planned AO SDECC. The role will also involve strategic working across Kent & Medway teams, service development with standardised education programme, defined pathways to improve patient outcomes, experience and ensure an equitable and accessible 7-day Acute Oncology Service.

The role of Acute Oncology Nurse Consultant will be subdivided into 50% strategic leadership, innovations such as development of planned Oncology SDEC within AOS, improved pathways for immune checkpoint inhibitors toxicities of acutely unwell patents presenting to hospital and 50% patient/clinical focus based at MTW providing clinical with outpatient, AO SDECC and supporting complex inpatient caseloads as required providing responsive expert service.

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent and is the Kent Oncology Centre for Kent & Medway

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 760,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ more than 7,000 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Would you like to work flexibly?In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Following your Corporate Induction you will be expected to attend the Trusts 2-week Induction Programme for RNs, NAs, RMs, ODPs and Paramedics. The programme is full-time (please email if this is problematic)and will involve travel to both Trust sites. The programme includes supernumerary shifts in the clinical area, classroom-based sessions and e-learning.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Enhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

Interview Date: To be confirmed,

Person Specification



  • Current 1st level registration with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Educated to Masters level in relevant subject or equivalent level of experience of working at a senior level in specialist area
  • Clinical Examination & Consultation
  • Non-Medical Prescriber Qualification
  • Specialist-specific professional qualifications commensurate with role
  • Evidence of post qualification and professional development within cancer care


  • Willingness to undertake Maters Qualification, if not already achieved
  • Has, or intends to develop, formal education links with a Higher Education Institute
  • Formal educational or teaching qualification
  • Relevant publications
  • Advanced Communication Qualification



  • Recent senior clinical practice at expert level within acute and specialist settings
  • Proven advanced knowledge and clinical expertise in Haemato-oncology/acute oncology
  • Expert knowledge of nursing practice and multidisciplinary team work within consultancy area
  • Understanding of recent policy initiatives and developments in cancer care
  • Excellent presentation skills for conveying complex concepts
  • Teaching and assessing experience
  • Experience of service development and improvement


  • Experience of delivering key messages to a range of stakeholders both internal and external (including outside the NHS) both verbally and in writing
  • Line management responsibility for senior nursing teams



  • Advanced decision-making skills that reflect a patient focus
  • Leadership skills & capability of establishing direction and purpose to lead others within a complex organisational structure
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Teaching and problem-solving skills
  • Decision making and critical analysis
  • Ability to work in partnership at all levels both within the organisation, key stakeholders, groups across professional and inter- agency boundaries
  • Experience of facilitating change by collaborating with stakeholders within specialist area, across other professions and both intra and inter organisationally to produce innovative practice and service development showing improved patient outcomes
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight and often changing deadlines.
  • Able to work across boundaries forming effective working relationships with a wide range of staff


  • Strong influencing & negotiation skills

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells

Hermitage lane


ME16 9QQ

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