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Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment Chemotherapy (SACT) Nurse

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 £35,392 - £42,618 Per Annum Pro Rata if Part time
Closing date
25 Apr 2024
Bracken is a clinical Haematology Stem Cell Unit and is looking for an experienced haematology nurse who is trained in chemotherapy and wanting to take on the challenge of assisting with the coordination of the day to day running of the unit.

Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS at Risk staff throughout Devon who is able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.

Main duties of the job

Coordination of the day to day running of the Stem Cell unit, education and leadership for junior staff. Clinical roles include, CVAD use, Blood transfusions, chemotherapy, Intrathecal chemotherapy , Stem cell reinfusion.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure.PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY.If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100.We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams.It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide effective clinical and managerial leadership across the oncology and haematology areas, including inpatients day case and outpatients, in the absence of the Clinical Nurse Manager (CNM) which empowers staff to deliver patient-centred, evidence-based care within a defined budget.
  • Establish systems for a multi-disciplinary approach to patient-centred care delivery and demonstrate good interpersonal, teaching and practical skills required within the speciality, whilst reflecting the oncology and haematology philosophy of care demonstrating greater involvement of patients and their relatives/carers by using the Trusts patient and public involvement strategy
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of treatment side effects and care and provide patient and carers with advice and support in relation to health promotion, neutropenic sepsis, and hair loss and other treatment side effects.
  • Practice advanced specialist skills for the client group, including the administration of Cytotoxic & Immunotherapies treatments, and blood products, central venous and peripheral access device care, venepuncture and cannulation.
  • Assess patients prior to treatment to determine whether alterations to planned care are needed and refer as appropriate.
  • Assess the supportive, palliative care and psychological needs of patients and their carers and refers to appropriate professional as necessary.
  • Within nurse led outreach clinics assess patients suitability for initial referral and treatment at each attendance, for example, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and supportive therapies
  • Work in collaboration with colleagues to ensure patients have access to appropriate timely, good quality information relating to treatment and support, and be active in the delivery of this information for patients, their carers and/or staff.
  • Plans, implements, carries out and evaluates care given by self and other nursing staff to patients and their relatives.
  • Maintain accurate clinical observations and records, interpret the significance of these and implement appropriate care.
  • Make decisions with regard to the clinical intervention required, based on the analysis and interpretation of complex clinical facts (such as blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate, and temperature and fluid balance) on a daily basis and in crisis situations.
  • Maintain own clinical expertise and competence within the unit speciality by working a minimum of 80% of the working week clinically as part of the team, undergoing training and updating by external or internal courses and by reading and keeping up to date with changes in practice.
  • Act as a clinical resource providing advice support and supervision to the unit staff and primary and secondary health care professionals regarding specialist patient management.
  • Is visible and accessible to patients, visitors and users of the service, proactively promoting the role and responsibilities of the unit Senior Sister.

  • Person Specification

    Knowledge & Experience


    • oDelivery of SACT
    • oCo-ordination on a daily basis of the clinical and educational requirements as defined by the Clinical Nurse Manager within area of responsibility.


    • oDemonstrable experience of managing complaints and undertaking conflict resolution



    • oFirst level registered Nurse
    • oProven specialist clinical knowledge across a range of work procedures including SACT administration, underpinned by theory and CPD


    • oDemonstrable experience of leading clinical teams

    Aptitude & Abilities


    • oExcellent interpersonal skills
    • oExcellent communication skills

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


    Bracken Stem Cell Unit Derriford Hospital

    Derriford Road


    PL6 8DH

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