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Staff Nurse - Chemotherapy Day Unit Suite 8

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
30 Apr 2024
One Band 5

Full time - Staff Nurse Vacancy in Chemotherapy Day Unit -Suite 8 UHL

This is an exciting opportunity for a Band 5 staff nurse looking for a change in direction to join our committed and dedicated nursing team. The role will involve administering Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment (SACT) (including chemotherapy) and supportive therapies to patients. SACT administration skills are not essential as full training and support will be provided. It would be expected that the successful candidate will complete an externally accredited SACT course at some point in the future. So, if this field of nursing is what you aspire to, this is the ideal next step if you have the right blend of skills and commitment to join our team of SACT nurses.

Our provision of high standards of care is recognised by our patients via patient feedback and recognition at Trust staff awards. Our teams are proud of our excellent reputation within the Trust and extended cancer community.

The unit has been reviewing its service provision and working patterns and is moving towards some changes, including introducing 9.5 hour shifts between 08:00 and 18:00 and some Saturday working on a rota basis.

Main duties of the job

The department has a strong work ethic, there is collaborative team working across inpatient wards, chemotherapy day units and other divisions in the organisation.

Working as part of wider multidisciplinary teams, we play a critical role in securing high quality care and excellent outcomes.

We foster an inclusive and diverse workforce with an open and transparent approach to communications.

About us

Our people are our greatest asset. When we feel supported and happy at work, this positivity reaches those very people we are here for, the patients. Engaged employees perform at their best and our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives contribute to cultivate a culture of engagement. We have four staff networks, a corporate EDI Team and a suite of programmes and events which aim to insert the 5 aspirations:
  • Improving representation at senior levels of staff with disabilities, from black, Asian, and ethnic minorities background, identify as LGBTQ+ and women, through improved recruitment and leadership development
  • Widening access (anchor institution) and employability
  • Improving the experience of staff with disability
  • Improving the EDI literacy and confidence of trust staff through training and development
  • Making equalities mainstream

  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Job Summary:
    • To provide high standards of evidence based nursing care in the delivery of Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy/supportive treatments in the Chemotherapy Day Unit.
    • Where appropriate, work flexibly across Chemotherapy Day Unit QEH and David Whitmore, Suite 8 UHL.
    • To work in close collaboration with the multidisciplinary team members, pharmacists, dieticians, Acute Oncology Service, palliative care team and other site specific clinical nurse specialists.
    • The post holder will work in collaboration with the Unit Manager and team in identifying the developmental and educational needs of staff focusing on the care required by patients.
    • To assess patients and monitor condition while on treatment.
    • To provide advice and signposting for patients, carers and colleagues.
    • To work collaboratively with the chemotherapy team to maintain safe standards of care within the NMC code of conduct and in line with Trust policies
    • To participate in educational and training opportunities offered by the team to members of staff across the trust.

    Key Result areas


    1. To offer advanced clinical knowledge and expertise in relation to nursing practice and specialist clinical knowledge pertaining to the service.

    2. To demonstrate clinical competence related to the support of patients receiving chemotherapy and other treatments delivered within the service.

    3. To help ensure that care delivery is patient focused and that sound elements of research-based practice are introduced, maintained and audited.

    4. To participate in the setting, implementing and evaluation of clinical practice standards within the team and unit, and meeting standards within Clinical Governance and government targets.

    5. To act as advocate to patients to ensure a patient-orientated approach to the delivery of care and meeting standards within Clinical Governance and Government targets.

    6. To contribute to the maintenance of patient held records, where appropriate.

    7. To provide appropriate information to patients and their carers / families regarding their disease, treatment, services available to them, and the mechanism for emergency treatment, particularly in relation to neutropenic sepsis.

    8. To provide emotional / spiritual support for patients and their carers / families, referring to other relevant professional where appropriate.

    9. To support management of the service budget, manpower (including recruitment) and skill mix in order to ensure the effective day-to-day running of the day unit environment.

    10. To maintain accurate and legible records of all clinical and legal documentation with regard to Statutory and Trust Policies.

    11. To identify the specific education needs of individual patients and carers and facilitate meeting those needs

  • To work with the Unit manager in the assessment of the short and long term development needs of the team.

  • 2. A close working relationship will be maintained with the Unit sisters and other staff for clinical and educational purposes.
  • With the Unit Manager and unit sisters participate in Quality assurance initiatives and ongoing nursing audits, with resulting changes in practice being implemented.
  • To participate in reviewing practice with other nurses within the Trust and to attend relevant meetings and working parties.
  • In conjunction with other members of the nursing team identify the training and education needs of non-specialist colleagues in order to promote specific skills related to the service speciality.
  • To work collaboratively with the team to provide teaching programmes / opportunities to meet these needs.

  • Financial
  • With the Unit Manager and unit sisters be involved in the evaluation of their roles, having consideration for the most effective use of staff.
  • To take an active role in off-duty planning, ensuring an effective skill mix within the available resources.
  • Along with other members of the team maintain safe stock levels of equipment
  • To be always aware of new ways of managing resources to increase efficiency and reduce waste

  • Partnerships
  • To liaise with and facilitate effective communication within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • In conjunction with the Unit Manager, unit sisters and CNSs, to advise and support non specialist professionals who care for cancer / haematology patients including issues relating to chemotherapy treatment and side effects, the safe handling of cytotoxic drugs, care of intravenous lines, and neutropenic sepsis protocols.
  • To act as a role model and mentor to other staff, providing informal education and support for them in their provision of care to cancer / haematology patients

  • Person Specification

    Qualifications & Training


    • 1st level registration NMC


    • Degree level



    • Excellent interpersonal skills, both verbal and written
    • Able to formulate and verbalise views
    • Able to anticipate and forward plan


    • Computer Literate

    Knowledge & Skills


    • Ability to work under pressure and remain calm - Able to recognise stress in self and others and support colleagues through stressful situations.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust


    University Hospital Lewisham


    SE13 6LT

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