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Staff Nurse (Band 5) RDAC

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 Per Annum Pro Rata Inc HCAS
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for enthusiastic and committed Band 5 staff nurse to join our nursing team to provide expert care and support our patients in the Rapid Diagnostic and Assessment Centre (RDAC) at the Chelsea site. The department manages several different clinics from breast one stop clinics, Urology, Head and Neck, dermatology and surgical clinics.

There are many new and exciting innovative opportunities for a Band 5 nurse within the Royal Marsden Trust. This is a great opportunity to develop your existing skills and knowledge, but also to learn new one's in caring for cancer patients at all points of their cancer pathway. If you are passionate about making a real difference to patients' experiences, understand their anxieties and wish to gain an insight into cancer care, we would love to hear from you.

The successful candidate will be a qualified Staff Nurse with experience in an acute hospital setting. We are looking for someone who is flexible, a good team player with a real commitment to providing good quality patient care. Experience of working in a clinic setting would be an advantage but is not essential.

Main duties of the job

  • To plan, document, deliver and evaluate evidence-based nursing care for patients in a responsible and efficient way, which has been drawn up in conjunction with the co-ordinator of the shift.
  • To develop a greater awareness and understanding of the needs of patients with cancer and the different treatment modalities administered within the unit.
  • To develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of managing a shift with the guidance of the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse.

About us

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital.

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits and learning and development opportunities. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.
  • To complete the first level assessment of the patients needs to gain an understanding of the physiological, psycho-social, spiritual and cultural needs of the patients with cancer and their families and to develop a positive, realistic and supportive attitude to ensure that the needs of the patient and family are met.
  • To assist with teaching patients in preparation for investigations, treatment and home care.
  • To be aware of the side effects of any treatment in progress, and adopt a problem-solving approach to minimise the potentially adverse reactions.
  • Be involved in the direct delivery of skilled specialised nursing care with supervision until competent, e.g. wound dressings, removal of drains, and insertion of urinary catheters.
  • To develop an awareness of the protocols involved for patients undergoing clinical trials.
  • To be aware of all hospital policies and procedures and collaborate with other health care professionals to ensure that these are observed.
  • To be rostered as part of the ward to care for patients over a 24 hr period.
  • Have frequent exposure to body fluids, odours and infections and ensure that personal protective equipment is used as required, adhering to Trust policies in relation to Health and Safety and Infection Control.
  • Be involved in the collection of samples for diagnostic testing, e.g. urine collection and sputum collection.
  • Administer medicines as prescribed with adherence to Guidelines for Medicines Administration (NMC2002) and The Royal Marsden Medicines Management Policy. This will exclude administration by the intravenous route or through subcutaneous syringe driver until you have passed the written drug administration test and have been assessed as competent.
  • To be aware of the emotional demands that comes with treating cancer patients and their families.

Person Specification



  • Registration
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development


  • Qualification in oncology or speciality Diploma or Degree level study (or equivalent) Recognised teaching qualification



  • Experience in intravenous drug administration
  • Sufficient post registration nursing experience in oncology or speciality to be confident and competent in using the required skills to do the job


  • Experience in chemotherapy administration
  • Experience in Clinical Management
  • Evidence of relevant teaching experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical trials management

Skills Abilities/knowledge


  • Venepuncture and/or cannulation skills
  • Evidence of effective negotiating and influencing skills
  • Ability to lead a team
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Possesses wound care skills/training or working towards it

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


The Royal Marsden Hospital Chelsea



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