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Oncology Head & Neck Clinical Nurse Specialist

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have a really exciting opportunity for you to join our Oncology Service as an Oncology Head & Neck Clinical Nurse Specialist with a focus on Systemic Anti Cancer Treatment (SACT) - this is a newly created role.

We are looking for a dynamic, inspirational and forward thinking nurse, who is passionate about Cancer Nursing. You should have extensive experience in oncology as well as having excellent leadership, management and communication skills.

Enthusiasm, a desire to learn and flexibility are essential for this role, as are good interpersonal and organisational skills. You will take pride in your responsibility for the quality of the care in your clinical area and provide sound clinical and professional leadership to your multi-disciplinary team. The Service aims to deliver and sustain the highest standards of care, quality, safety and dignity for all of our patients.

The post will be based at the University Hospitals site however, there may be travel to the site of Rugby St Cross for outpatient clinics.

If you are a very skilled, caring and compassionate nurse then we would love to hear from you. Informal visits are very welcome where you will be able to find out more information about this exciting opportunity.

***Interviews for this post are due to take place week commencing 3rd June***

Main duties of the job

To establish and provide a specialist nursing service for the care and ongoing management of patients diagnosed with head and neck cancers undergoing Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment (SACT). You will participate in the provision of high-quality care from diagnosis, through treatment and during follow up. You will make informed decisions within your own area and scope of professional practice to ensure agreed standards and targets are met.

The post holder will develop and implement opportunities for advancing nursing practice and for ensuring collaborative working relationships, incorporating expert clinical practice, leadership, consultation, and education.

About us

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are extremely proud of our employees across our hospital sites, with high quality patient care at the heart of everything we do.

Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a worldwide leader in healthcare.

We are proud to be recognised as a Pathway to Excellence designated organisation - please click the link for further details about this prestigious award. Pathway To Excellence - University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (

By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. There has never been a better time to join our team.

The Trust is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience, and different perspectives available in our diverse society. We want everyone to feel they are respected, valued, can achieve their potential and receive the most appropriate and relevant care. We will create an environment where the equality and human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of the organisation's core values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Accountable for own actions in accordance with Code of Professional Conduct. Will contribute towards corporate objectives, acting within local, Trust and statutory guidelines and policies at all times.

2. The post holder will be a designated Oncology Head and Neck Clinical Nurse Specialist within the hospital and will provide expert specialist advice for patients, relative and carers in relation to a head and neck cancer diagnosis with a focus on SACT and to other health care professionals.

3. To provide emotional support to patients, their families and staff during difficult situations e.g. breaking bad news or following an unexpected event.

4. To be an active member of the appropriate site-specific MDT, utilising excellent communication skills, enabling maintenance of a high-quality service and ensuring timely management and resolution of unexpected events and situations.

5. Demonstrate a high level of clinical, technical and research skills through breadth and depth of knowledge.

6. A knowledgeable clinical nurse specialist, supporting staff, the Oncology Head and Neck Service and policy development within the specialty.

7. To develop nurse led clinics and to undertake highly specialised technical and/or practical skills, including advanced health assessments and Non-Medical prescribing in relation to SACT to ensure optimum patient management.

8. To ensure that the patients holistic needs are considered in the decision-making process.

9. A resource for staff, advising on national, local and Trust policy and procedures/guidelines, ensuring that clinical governance is embedded in practice.

10. Responsible for identifying and assessing complex clinical and non-clinical issues, implementing resolutions and monitoring/auditing outcomes.

11. Responsible for education and training provision of identified staff groups within defined areas and ensuring that evidence-based care is embedded into practice.

12. Utilise and ensure that others utilise IT systems to secure accurate and timely patient, workforce, and resource data available.

13. Regularly manage expected and unexpected clinical events requiring high but unpredictable levels of physical effort according to patient dependency/clinical need.

14. Promote and monitor adherence to Health and Safety and Trust policy designed to protect healthcare staff and service users from known hazards.

For further details please see the attached job description.

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Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust



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