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Deputy Lead Specialist Screening Practitioner

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Would you like to join an energetic, committed and friendly team to help early detection and prevention of bowel cancer?

We are looking to recruit a Deputy Lead Specialist Screening Practitioner to join our dynamic Bowel Cancer Screening team based at Aintree Hospital.

The programme has undergone significant change, building for the future and currently working towards the final stages of Age Extension, lowering the starting age of bowel cancer screening to 50yrs.

We pride ourselves on providing an exceptional service and excellent patient experience, and as we move towards our ambitious strategy, we require a motivated professional individual with excellent leadership skills to join us in this role.

Main duties of the job

You will work closely with the Lead SSP and Programme Manager to support, lead and train the team of Specialist Screening Practitioners through this period of change. You will have excellent clinical assessment skills to apply, alongside evidence-based decision making to support patients, their carers and relatives taking part in the programme.Experience of leading a team, undertaking nurse led clinics and working within Bowel Cancer Screening is essential.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide clinical and professional leadership to the Specialist Screening Practitioners (SSPs) within the Mersey & North Cheshire Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) ensuring the delivery of high-quality patient services for both the FIT abnormal, surveillance and Lynch syndrome elements of the programme within the resources available.

The post holder, in liaison with the Lead SSP, will be responsible for the day to day management of the SSP team. They will also lead on the training and development of the SSPs to ensure the provision of specialist, expert knowledge to clinical colleagues, patients and carers/relatives. The post holder will be able to prioritise their own work load and be responsible for the planning of the SSP workload ensuring service needs are met. They will need to work independently and as part of a multi- professional team, communicate effectively at all levels and influence change and development of the service.

Person Specification



  • RGN
  • Diploma
  • Post-registration qualification in speciality (LJMU SSP module)
  • Teaching and assessing



  • Broad range of clinical experience with specific experience in speciality
  • Participated in service development and implementation of change.
  • Application of teaching within the work area.


  • An interest in Health Promotion and be able to demonstrate how they have developed this interest in their role.
  • Experience in policy development



  • Understanding of Information Governance and Confidentiality
  • Understanding of equality and diversity issues and how this affects patients, visitors and staff
  • Willingness to undertake any other necessary training identified by the national programme if applicable
  • Knowledge and understanding of the NHS national targets and priorities, particularly in relation to screening and cancer services
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs of the specific patient group


  • Knowledge and understanding of application of relevant National Guidance both general and specialty related eg National Bowel Cancer Screening Frameworks, NICE etc
  • Experience working in colorectal/gastroenterology/cancer/health promotion
  • Knowledge of change management processes



  • Able to perform assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of specialist nursing care
  • Participated in service development and implementation of change
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings with patients of varying levels of understanding.
  • Able to present written information in a logical manner.
  • Basic IT skills in word processing and spreadsheets
  • Able to manage own workload and work with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of professional and NHS issues.
  • Assertive
  • Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships with colleagues in the health care setting


  • Advanced Communication course



  • Owner or 7 day access to reliable car and full driving licence.
  • Ability to travel between screening sites

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Aintree University Hospital

Lower Lane


L9 7AL

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