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Breast Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

ESNEFT oncology clinical nurse specialist (CNS) services are expanding and developing new ways of working. We are seeking a motivated and compassionate nurse to join our team at Ipswich Hospital. This is your chance to be part of service innovation and make a difference to patients on a Breast Cancer pathway. You will develop your skills to become an autonomous practitioner and develop nurse-led services in the fast changing specialism of breast oncology

As a Breast Cancer CNS you will provide expert care and support to patients having oncology treatment from diagnosis and throughout their pathway including supporting and preparing for end of life. You will play a key role in the multidisciplinary team and act as a central point of coordination and support for the patient, their family and the wider team. Our goal is to improve patient pathways and experiences, access to supportive services, early signposting, safe transfer on to surveillance pathways or remaining a key touch point for patients up to and including their end of life

You will work autonomously and as part of a team, have exceptional communication skills and a genuine motivation to provide outstanding, person-centred, holistic care. Ideally you will have post registration experience within breast cancer services, oncology/chemotherapy or breast surgical services and be committed to undertaking further study to continually develop and respond to changing service needs

Band 6 developmental roles will be considered

Main duties of the job

  • Provide specialist psychological, social and practical support that is responsive to the perceptions and needs of patients with Breast cancer and their families.
  • Act as a point of contact for patients receiving Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy and Supportive therapies for Breast cancer.
  • Participate and contribute in both the local Breast Multi-disciplinary and any appropriate Specialist multi- disciplinary (SMDT)
  • Acting as an autonomous practitioner, providing specialist clinical information to patients about diagnosis and treatment acting as the patients advocate when appropriate.
  • Liaise with referring teams, overseeing treatment planning ensuring understanding and informed consent with regards to proposed procedures. To act as a patients' advocate and to give advice regarding treatment options, in order that patients are able to give informed consent.
  • Accept and Initiate referrals to other agencies / professionals where appropriate recognizing the unique role each member of the team has to play in caring for patients with cancer.
  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge and skills in Breast oncology care and share this with other professionals to positively influence patient care.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is thatTime Mattersto everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse recorded on the NMC register
  • Teaching and assessing in clinical practice qualification.
  • Evidence or relevant post registration study to include at least one of the following: ENB 237/equivalent (Oncology), ENB 931/equivalent (Palliative Care), UKONS SACT Passport
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Psychological Care Level 2
  • Evidence of studying at a minimum of level 6 (first degree) with a willingness to study towards level 7 (Masters)
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD.


  • MSc level or working towards
  • Non-medical prescribing
  • Leadership Qualification course
  • Counselling skills
  • Consent training
  • Consultation and assessment course



  • Significant proven post registration experience in Breast Care nursing.
  • A broad range of experience working with Oncology patients and their families who have complex psychosocial needs
  • Understanding and management of patients undergoing SACT.
  • Experience of audit and research
  • Experience of teaching and assessing in clinical practice.
  • Competencies relevant to care group.
  • Understanding and experience of Acute Oncology.


  • Proven previous band 6/7 experience
  • Can demonstrate evidence of leading service development.
  • Experience of enhancing patient care.

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital

Heath Road



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