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Bowel Cancer Screening Practitioner-Based at Maidstone&Tunbridge Well

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
17 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Bowel Cancer Screening Specialist Practitioner to join the West Kent & Medway Bowel Cancer Screening Service. Please note the role will be based at Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme invites those aged 50-74 years to complete a home test kit which if positive requires them to attend for further suitability assessment for colonoscopy, as well as incorporating surveillance of Lynch syndrome patients. The service is hosted by Darent Valley Hospital but covers Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells and Medway.

The successful candidate will be a registered nurse with significant post registration experience with the capacity to work as an independent practitioner as part of a broader team. It is desirable that you are able to demonstrate evidence of having worked with patients with lower GI disease or cancer.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to participate in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Specialist Screening Practitioner Training Course within the 1st year in post, and training on the Bowel Cancer Screening Computer System will also be provided. A car driver is essential.

Full time Screening Practitioners working days / shift patterns will be agreed by the line manager to meet the needs of the service. This includes working evenings and weekends.

The post will be based at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, however it is expected that the screening practitioner will work with a team of screening practitioners and will provide cross cover (travelling to other sites including Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust and Medway NHS Foundation Trust) and support to other members of the team / lead SSP's across the sites as required.

About us

We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer. We strive to employ people who reflect the communities we serve, and aim to create an inclusive culture where everyone can reach their full potential. Whatever your race, ethnicity, belief, generation, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, disability or experience, you'll appreciate the opportunities we give you to work in an inclusive atmosphere. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to build on the progress we've achieved to make our Trust diverse and the best place to work. We celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that help us overcome challenges and embrace new possibilities. We have signed the Armed Forces Covenant Pledge and have a commitment to the Armed Forces Community.

If you are considering applying for a role, please be aware that as an NHS Employee you may have contact with vulnerable service users. We strongly encourage that all our staff are vaccinated against COVID-19 and are vaccinated annually against Flu, in order to protect the health and safety of our staff and patients. Your commitment will help us to put the safety and care of our patients first, as well as helping us to protect you and your colleagues.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a detailed description of the Job roles and responsibilities please see the attached job description.

Person Specification

Education and Training


  • Registered Nurse
  • Degree in Nursing or working towards
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Counselling/health promotion qualification
  • Basic Counselling Skills



  • Evidence of managing a caseload or care group in a clinical setting with multidisciplinary working
  • Evidence of participation in quality assurance, audit, or research


  • Evidence of having worked with/or showing an interest in patients with lower GI disease or cancer

Knowledge and Skills


  • Aware of national screening and cancer agenda and changes to improve cancer services
  • Knowledge of clinical governance, risk management, valid consent, and withdrawal of consent
  • Comprehensive and subject specific history taking skills
  • Presentation skills
  • IT Skills (standard keyboard user)
  • Customer care skills
  • Ability to organise self and team members
  • Evidence of a good standard of Literacy / English language skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Able to work autonomously or as part of a team


  • Knowledge of Endoscopy services and/or colorectal cancer nursing would be an advantage

Employer details

Employer name

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust


Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells

Hermitage Lane


ME16 9QQ

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