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Gynaceology Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 7
Full Time

Job Details

We are inviting applications from aspirational cancer or gynaecology nurses who have a passion for delivering holistic support to women referred to West Suffolk Hospital on the suspected gynaecology cancer pathway or with a confirmed gynaecology oncology diagnosis . You will work within the MDT delivering specialist nursing care to women as part of the Women's and Children's Division at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in Suffolk. We are looking for a forward thinking, highly motivated individual offering specialist support to improve the quality of life for women in our care. You will be working in a small, friendly team alongside another oncology nurse specialist.

This job is a full time post, but we would be happy to consider part time hours. Banding will depend on experience. Band 6 as a training post or Band 7 if you come with prior clinical skills.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be keen to face challenges, be well organised and actively participating in service development through audit and peer review, helping to drive and sustain new initiatives to meet local and national standards, as well as ensuring care meets our own Trust values. In return for your commitment, the successful candidate will be offered professional support. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to gain advanced clinical skills training such as pelvic / vaginal examinations. It may also be possible to take on the BSCCP colposcopy training or the Nurse Hysteroscopy course. Experience of working in nurse led clinics would also be advantageous.


Staff Car Parking on the West Suffolk Hospital Site is eligible for individuals working outside of the core hours, 07:00 - 18:30.

For individuals working within the core hours, the Trust offers parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital. Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack on the West Suffolk Hospital website.

This parking restriction does not apply if an individual is required to work on a weekend or if they are required to complete on call duties within their role.

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

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

Please see job description for further details.

  • Accepts and makes referrals from and to other professional as necessary, e.g. - Palliative Care Team, Allied Health Professionals, social services, community care teams.
  • To triage the internal referrals prior to being reviewed by a consultant and to visit the patients as needed within the hospital setting.
  • Controls and manages caseload whilst ensuring patients complete care pathways appropriately and in accordance with government guidelines and targets.
  • Acts as a patient advocate at all times and provides extensive support to patients/carers utilising advanced communication skills, particularly at exposure to highly distressing or highly emotional circumstances such as:
    • At the time of diagnosis for patients/carers whether in the out-patient department or as an in-patient
    • At time or recurrence or disease progression
  • Acts as a point of contact for the patients and their families, other health care professionals and the community for advice and support.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • 1st level Registered Nurse
  • Significant specialist knowledge or post registration experience
  • Experience in gynaecology or oncology
  • Educated to degree level plus specialist training to masters level or equivalent


  • Independent Nurse Prescriber or willingness to undertake
  • Counselling skills qualification or willingness to undertake
  • Gynaecological oncology nursing course
  • Advanced clinical assessment course or willingness to undertake
  • Nurse Prescribing Course

Experience and knowledge


  • Experience of working with Oncology or gynaecology patients
  • Commitment to undertake further specialist training
  • Knowledge of change management process
  • Ability to develop nursing excellence and clinical practice
  • Initiation and evaluation of research-based practice


  • Managerial responsibility
  • Standard setting and protocol development
  • Clinical audit
  • Theatre experience
  • Understanding of national and international standards
  • Experience of pelvic exam including use of a speculum or a willingness to learn
  • Ability to take endometrial biopsies or a willingness to take training

Skills and abilities


  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to record and deal with accurate facts, figures and information
  • Evidence of professional development and its relevant application
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Ability to plan, organise, prioritise and co-ordinate work under pressure and using own initiative
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to establish effective working partnerships with members of the multi-professional team
  • Ability to communicate effectively with key stakeholders within and outside the Trust
  • Computer literate


  • Experience of developing, training and education in clinical practice

Personal qualities


  • Ability to remain calm and work effectively in stressful situations
  • Ability to act independently and delegate appropriately
  • Flexible to change in demands or service
  • Friendly, approachable and supportive
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Good time management
  • Demonstrate commitment to quality service provision
  • Professional attitude to work
  • Approachable and supportive
  • Ability to undertake manual handling tasks


  • Ability to travel within the West Suffolk area

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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