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Gynaecological Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
6 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Christie Gynae Clinical Oncology Nursing Team are looking for an experienced, oncology nurse who is passionate about the patient experience and the delivery of quality, patient-focused care, to join their team as a Band 7 Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Main duties of the job

The post involves acting as a keyworker to patients diagnosed with gynaecological cancer requiring radiotherapy and SACT's and providing support and information throughout their cancer pathway, running nurse-led clinics, as well as participation in service development.

Successful candidates will have a minimum of 5 years post registration, with previous experience in oncology and ideally gynaecology with some knowledge and experience in managing early menopause and sexual well-being.

About us

The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer and a wide range of support and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. We run one of the largest early clinical trial units in Europe with over 300 trials every year. Cancer research in Manchester, most of which is undertaken on the Christie site, has been officially ranked the best in the UK.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To act as Key Worker for Gynaecological cancer patients, carers and other professionals during the patient pathway at the Christie for non-surgical treatments, from first referral through to end of life or discharge from follow-up

To work independently and collaboratively providing assessment, advice, support and symptom/side-effect management for patients, carers and other professionals.

To work as a member of the Gynaecological Disease Group with responsibility for the development and review of protocols / guidelines which promote innovative clinical nursing practice and integration of patient care.

To be aware of change at national and local level and how it affects the service provided

To undertake clinical and organisational audit, promoting the importance and value of undertaking such initiatives through multi professional collaboration.

Clinical duties

To accept referrals, undertake a Holistic Needs Assessment and formulate the ongoing personalised care plan. Referring appropriately to services in the acute and community setting.

To attend appropriate Gynaecological clinics and liaise closely with the patients, nurses and doctors attending these. To provide continuity of care across the group, particularly with regard to integrating radiotherapy and chemotherapy. To provide information about side effects of treatment and ensure clear and concise documentation is completed.

To be fully conversant with treatment protocols.

To communicate effectively and support / counsel patients and carers prior to, during and after treatment.

Work in a collaborative manner with the rest of the team to work towards all patients having End of Treatment Summaries and Long-Term Care Plans.

When appropriate have conversations with patients about their Preferred Priorities of Care and Advanced Care Planning, document and communicate with the other professionals involved.

Assess out-patients, both face-to-face and via phone, in multi-disciplinary and nurse led clinics, formulating appropriate clinical decisions and management plans.

Provide specialist assessment, support and information around psycho-sexual, fertility and menopause issues.

Ensure accurate documentation of patient care in accordance with hospital policies and standards.

Non-medical prescribing (within the limits of your competence) to manage treatment toxicity and symptoms for patients with gynaecological cancer.

To attend MDT meetings as appropriate and contribute to the discussion about individual patients. To attend other professional and clinical meetings as appropriate.

To be aware of current research protocols and liaise with the Research Nurses from the Gynae Research Team and Observational & Supportive Team as appropriate.

To act always in accordance with the NMC Code guiding documents.

To be aware of all non-surgical Gynaecological cancer patients admitted as inpatients and liaise with nursing and junior medical staff involved in their care.

In collaboration with the Gynae/ Nurse Clinicians to act as a point of contact for patients and their carers in the community.

To implement/follow Trust Policies and Procedures to ensure safe and effective delivery of care.

Managerial/Clinical Leadership.

To provide specialist, expert clinical knowledge to clinical colleagues, patients and carers/relatives both within and outside the Trust.

To provide written evidence of service development and performance.

Initiate and support clinical developments / projects to promote excellence in patient care.

Promote patient and public involvement activities in the specialist area, leading to service improvement.

Attend and participate in the CNS Forum

Act as a role model presenting a professional image at all times

Evaluate service delivery identify areas for improvement to promote excellence in patient care and initiate change. Involve patients and the public in service development as appropriate.

To build effective professional relationships with the GM Cancer Alliance and across Acute and Community settings.

Provide and receive clinical supervision and mentorship to facilitate reflective practice.

Line manage other nurses or support staff on the team as appropriate

Education, Development and Teaching

To participate in annual appraisal and accept personal responsibility for professional growth and development. Maintain a professional portfolio.

Ensure compliance with Trust essential training.

To identify training and educational needs of colleagues and develop educational programmes in collaboration with the NC and CNS colleagues ie. ward teaching particularly the BMRU.

To provide specialist input on relevant post registration/graduate courses.

Use relevant educational opportunities, including attending local, national and international conferences, to ensure provision of the highest standards of patient care that is evidence based. Provide written and verbal feedback to colleagues.

Together with other professional colleagues develop information and resource packs for patients and their carers.

Research and Audit

To ensure that clinical practice is based on evidence and current best practice and to disseminate information to staff.

To identify opportunities for nursing research and to participate where appropriate in nursing and multi disciplinary research, clinical audit, and benchmarking, in order to improve effectiveness and quality of patient care.

Evaluate service delivery identify areas for improvement and initiate change.

Establish improvements in practice through audit and research and disseminate through presentation at local, regional, national and international conferences and written publication.

Contribute to the writing of protocols relevant to own specialty.

Person Specification



  • RGN/RN
  • Evidence of Level 6 (degree level) study in Nursing/Health related subject
  • Post registration qualification in oncology
  • Teaching and assessing


  • Evidence of Level 7 study (Master's level)
  • Counselling Certificate
  • Palliative Care Certificate
  • Gynaecological nursing qualification
  • Qualification in Psycho-Sexual Medicine or Counselling
  • Non-Medical Prescribing or willingness to undertake



  • Experience post registration including at senior level (Band 6 or above)
  • Experience in Oncology
  • Participation in service development and implementation of change


  • Nursing leadership
  • Project management
  • Experience of influencing change
  • Gynaecological cancer experience



  • Advanced communication skills or willingness to undertake.
  • Able to analyse data and provide written reports.
  • Able to work autonomously
  • Able to present information to professional groups.
  • Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships with colleagues across health and social care setting.
  • Strong organisational/prioritising skills


  • Evidence of writing protocols/standards.
  • Evidence of effective team working across professional and organisational boundaries.
  • Evidence of undertaking clinical audit.



  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Knowledge of professional and NHS issues, and policies relating to Gynaecological speciality



  • Ability to demonstrate the organisational values and behaviours



  • Demonstrates flexibility in working hours.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in working across the Christie sites

Employer details

Employer name

The Christie NHS FT


Clinical Oncology Nursing - E00848


M20 4BX

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