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Macmillan Associate Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum, (Pro Rata)
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will work within the team to help facilitate and develop breast cancer services within Manchester Foundation Trust by acting as an ambassador for the breast clinical nurse specialists (BCNS) team. They will provide professional, clinical and innovative care delivery within a multi-professional team after undergoing any training required for the role.

The Macmillan Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist will work as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team to provide expert advice and support for patients with suspected or confirmed breast cancer, benign breast problems as well as patients undergoing gender reassignment. They will provide specialist nursing knowledge and expertise in the management of patients, liaising with colleagues across care settings to ensure specialist assessment, providing holistic packages of care and ensuring patients receive prompt and evidence-based care.

The post holder will devise and deliver programmes of specialist education and training to healthcare professionals, patients and carers. They will work to develop the breast service in collaboration with health care colleagues.

The post holder will be required to work across Manchester Foundation Trust hospitals as well as in the breast unit at Royal Oldham Hospital.

Informal visits are encouraged and part-time hours may be considered for suitable candidates.

Main duties of the job

The Macmillan Breast CNS' hold various nurse-led clinics such as arranging to see patients to discuss their treatment options in detail which significantly decreases the time that the Consultant spends when signing the consent form and ensures that the patient is fully informed, thus decreasing possible litigation claims. The nurses also explain complex oncological treatments, perform comprehensive wound assessments and management and hold telephone consultations with patients, again reducing the need for out-patient appointments or GP visits. In addition, they undertake treatment summaries as well as telephone triage clinics.

All of these contacts are recorded on the Trust's new Hive IT system.

Other aspects of the role include covering various clinics which include one-stop clinics, follow-up clinics, reconstruction clinics, oncology and gender reassignment clinics the aim of which is to support patients, identifying and addressing individual patient's needs. Additionally, a proportion of their time is spent attending the multidisciplinary team meetings - this is a quality assurance requirement ensuring patient advocacy.

The nurses work as part of the multidisciplinary team which includes consultants, radiography staff, oncologists and pathology staff.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Registered General Nurse
  • First level degree in related subject, undertaking a degree pathway or willing to undertake
  • Post basic qualification in breast cancer or relevant subject-working towards or willingness to undertake
  • Strong evidence of continual professional development
  • Completed formal advanced communication skills training or prepared to work towards
  • Recognised teaching qualification or prepared to work towards
  • Principles and Practice of Breast Care Nursing undertaken or willingness to undertake
  • Relevant post-registration experience at band 5 or above in breast or closely related subject
  • Knowledge and awareness of the breast cancer pathway
  • Experience of multi-professional working in breast or closely related specialty
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to demonstrate an interest in the breast specialty
  • Understanding of Macmillan Cancer Support and its role across the UK
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member


  • Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure, using own initiative in relaying complex medical information.
  • Evidence of ability to lead and influence change
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritise workload effectively

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


North Manchester General Hospital

Delaunays Road, Crumpsall,


M8 5RB

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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