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Colorectal Cancer Nurse Specialist Direct to Test

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inc HCAS (pro-rata)
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 7
Part Time
To work as an autonomous, advanced practitioner and effectively deliver an expert nursing service within the specialist area.

To be responsible for developing and delivering the patient pathway within Direct- to[1]Test service.

To deliver evidenced based, clinical diagnostic protocols, including the Direct-to-test service.

To support the colorectal CNS team in both surgical and oncology.

To effectively manage a caseload of patients/clients.

To ensure that patients and their families are fully informed and supported by providing clinical and social support.

To assist in the development of evidence based clinical nursing practice in line with current research and guidelines.

To establish clear lines of communication within the specialty team to ensure cohesive multidisciplinary management of patients.

To link with healthcare teams in order to increase knowledge and facilitate the care of this group of people in the community.

To actively involved in the weekly LGI MDT meeting to present patient caseload and follow up.

Main duties of the job

We have an exciting opportunity for a experienced nurse to join our well established direct to test team. You will be running nurse led diagnostic clinics reviewing patients and booking appropriate tests to rule in or out colorectal cancers.

We are looking for an enthusiastic person who is able to work in collaboration with the wider MDT. This is a great opportunity for someone to develop assessment skills and be part of a supportive team.
  • To develop own nurse led telephone clinics in conjunction with the consultants and the outpatient department, after consultation with the Colorectal Cancer Lead Nurse and key stakeholders.
  • To support the Trusts' in achieving compliance with Direct-to-Test, Urgent Suspected Cancer (USC) and Referral to Treatment waiting time targets including 28 day Faster Diagnosis Service.
  • To support the Lower GI surgical care pathway in line with the Nurse Specialists Team.
  • To actively involved in Peer Review and to ensure mandatory measures for Peer Review are met with evidence e.g. from audits or research.
  • To be able to request and interpret investigatory results and determine next pathway stage including discharge back to GP or referral to specialist services as required.
  • Holding additional specialist knowledge and experience to demonstrate a higher level of expertise in the delivery of diagnostic pathway, including LGI suspected cancer.

About us

With over 9,000 dedicated staff caring for patients around the clock, we are the largest healthcare provider in southwest London.

Our main site, St George's Hospital in Tooting - one of the country's principal teaching hospitals - is shared with St George's, University of London, which trains medical students and carries out advanced medical research. St George's Hospital also hosts the St George's, University of London and Kingston University Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, which is responsible for training a wide range of healthcare professionals from across the region.

As well as acute hospital services, we provide a wide variety of specialist care and a full range of community services to patients of all ages following integration with Community Services Wandsworth in 2010.

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of 1.3 million across southwest London. A large number of services, such as cardiothoracic medicine and surgery, neurosciences and renal transplantation, also cover significant populations from Surrey and Sussex, totalling around 3.5 million people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached supporting document which contains more and person specification information about the role.

Person Specification



  • Degree (BSc) or equivalent in a health related subject, or working towards

Person Specification: Colorectal Clinical Nurse Specialist


  • NMC Level 1 or Level 15 Registered Nurse
  • An advanced practitioner either through formal qualification (Degree) and/or extensive clinical experience pertinent to the area
  • Degree (BSc) or equivalent in a health related subject, or working towards
  • Strong leadership skills Autonomous practitioner and experience
  • Up to date knowledge and understanding of local and national specialist guidelines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to build up a rapport with patients and the MDT
  • Relevant, demonstrable experience in specialty area
  • Ability to impart complex information to patients, relatives and carers, with different levels of understanding
  • Clear understanding of safeguarding procedures Understanding of clinical governance and risk assessment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team Computer literacy Patient centred approach
  • Basic Counselling skills/ Undertaken Advanced Clinical Communication Skills


  • Experience of delivering presentations Flexible attitude
  • Project management skills
  • Experience of running research and audit programmes
  • To have proven experience of service development
  • Advanced clinical assessment skills or willingness to develop these

Employer details

Employer name

St George's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


St Georges Hospital NHS Foundation trust

Blackshaw Road


SW17 0QT

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