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Band 6- Chemotherapy Staff Nurse, Helen Donald Unit

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 a year inc HCA
Closing date
22 May 2024
The Helen Donald Unit is a haematology/chemotherapy outpatient day unit who are looking for a Band 6 Chemotherapy Staff Nurse to join a dynamic and established team for 37.5 hours a week.

We are looking for an enthusiastic nurse with post registration experience, preferably within acute Medicine/Haematology/Chemotherapy.

It is a varied and interesting role which provides the opportunity to develop in knowledge and skills within the exciting field of haematology.

The Helen Donald Unit predominantly provides a variation of intravenous therapies and blood product administration. The administration of cytotoxic chemotherapy and the physical and psychological care of the patient and family is also a crucial part of the service which the Unit provides.

The working pattern is flexible within the remit of 07:30-18:00 and 07:30-15:30 Monday to Friday. If you are an enthusiastic nurse with excellent communication skills who would like to join our team then we look forward to hearing from you.

Main duties of the job

It is essential for the candidate to have an accredited cytotoxic chemotherapy course or SACT Competency Passport.

IV drug administration, phlebotomy, cannulation and blood administration are crucial skills to be able to work effectively within the Unit. Training on the procedure of venesection will be provided.

To care for long term central venous devices, for example PICC, Portacath.

To care for the patient receiving Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatments including specialised physical and psychological support of the patient and family.

To use protocols such as neutropenic sepsis and cytotoxic chemotherapy regimens once competencies are achieved.

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We are a flexible working employer

At West Herts we recognise the importance of a good work life balance and the ability to work flexibly. We are delighted to offer a variety of flexible working options for all staff. Please check out our web page for more information.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To play an integral part in the provision of a comprehensive specialist nursing service for patients receiving systemic anti-cancer treatments, supportive therapies for Haematology and Oncology patients and ongoing care of patients with chronic haematology conditions requiring venesection and other biological therapies.

To administer intravenous treatments to patients from other specialities including Immunology, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology and Neurology.

To provide a high standard of care to patients and their families.

Assess care needs, develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care.

Work in collaboration with members of the multi-disciplinary team. Key relationships are Haematology Consultants and Registrars, Haematology CNS, Technical Services in Pharmacy and Haematology teams in the London hospitals.

To practice in accordance with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct and Trust policies, procedures and guidelines.

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • NMC Registration
  • Evidence of professional development


  • Accredited Chemotherapy course or SACT Passport
  • Practice Assessor Course or equivalent qualification.
  • Accredited Haematology Course or equivalent qualification



  • Evidence of nursing experience in an acute medical environment


  • Understanding of Haematology diseases.
  • Understanding ofthe administration of Cytotoxic Chemotherapy and surrounding care.



  • Experience post Registration.


  • Experience post Registration in Medicine/Haematology/ Chemotherapy



  • IV Drug Administration
  • Phlebotomy.
  • Cannulation.
  • Administration of blood products.
  • Advanced Communication Skills


  • Chemotherapy Administration.
  • Venesection
  • Practice and Assessor Course.
  • Competent with care and use of Central Venous Access Devices( PICC, Port )

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford General Hospital


WD18 0HB

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