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Clinical Nurse Specialist

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are offering an exciting opportunity for the post of Clinical Nurse Specialist for Upper GI within the oncology and are seeking a motivated professional to join our team. You will be working closely with the oncology team and upper GI teams at The Royal Cornwall Hospital as well as co-ordinating care within other trusts . This role plays a pivotal part within this service, including meeting the needs of Upper GI patients receiving anti-cancer therapy, surgical and palliative care whilst providing seamless holistic care. The role will also include the development of policies, new working relationships and improved patient pathways.

As a role model for cancer nursing practice, you will have skills in clinical and managerial expertise to assess, manage and treat patients, as well as working towards supporting and leading on the introduction of new initiatives and pathways. You will have post-registration experience in oncology / palliative care, advanced communication skills and have a non-medical prescribing qualification.

Within this role you will be required to develop the skills of clinical leadership, managing change, running nurse led services and clinics, supporting teaching programmes and presenting at all levels (with the support of senior colleagues), with knowledge of managing resources, people and situations effectively, whilst keeping a clam head in a challenging environment.

This is part time position (35 hours per week)

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be responsible for supporting the Upper GI Clinical Nurse Specialist in providing a service for the ongoing management of patients within Cornwall suffering from Upper GI cancer including oesophagus, stomach, hepatobiliary and pancreas
  • The post holder will initially be based in the specialty of General Surgery and Cancer
  • The post holder will be an experienced nurse who uses specialist knowledge and skills to support upper GI cancer patients and their families. They will provide them with emotional and psychological support, information about their disease and treatment pathways and refer to other agencies, both in and out of Trust, as needed.
  • The post holder will be able to take a relevant history and clinical assessment to develop a management plan and evaluate the progress of that plan within the limitations of their knowledge and skills while being supported by medical and other members of the multi-disciplinary team. They will demonstrate clinical judgement and critical decision-making skills based upon established guidelines

About us

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) is the main provider of acute and specialist care services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We serve a population of around 500,000 people - a figure that can increase significantly with

visitors during the busiest times of the year. We employ approximately 6,700 staff and have a budget of approximately �580 million.

We are a teaching hospital in partnership with the University of Exeter Medical School, University of Plymouth School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Peninsula Dental School.

The Knowledge Spa on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site is the base for medical and nursing as well as ongoing education for health professions in clinical and non-clinical roles.

Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, we are continually developing our clinical services as well as our facilities and are committed to maximising the range of specialist care that can be offered locally. Allied to this is a growing reputation for research and innovation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

PLEASE NOTE: To view the full Job Description and Person Specification, please click the supporting document on the right-hand side

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  • Identity Checks
  • Professional registration and qualification checks
  • Employment history and reference checks
  • Work health assessments
  • Criminal record check standards
  • Right to work checks

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Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways. Please talk to us at interview about any flexible working arrangements you would prefer or require. While we may not be able to fully accommodate all requests, such requests will not be referenced during the interview scoring process, and we will fully consider and try to accommodate them for successful applicants.

We reserve the right to close this advert early, or when the allocated number of applications has been reached. Please submit your application at the earliest opportunity.

Person Specification



  • NMC registration
  • Degree in nursing
  • NMP


  • University qualification in specialty
  • Teaching/assessment/mentoring qualification
  • Advanced Communication
  • Counselling Skills



  • minimum of 3 years experience within oncology
  • Teaching and education experience
  • Audit or research experience

Practical and Intellectual Skills


  • Ability to prioritise and manage own workload
  • Able to develop others within the team
  • Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships with colleagues across health and social care settings


  • Understanding of the emotional impact of Upper GI cancers

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


Royal Cornwall Hospital



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