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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Dermatology/Skin Cancer

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 6
Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join our skin cancer team and to support the development of our surgical and faster diagnosis pathways. This is a new pathway recently established and the team are constantly looking at additional ways to improve the patient experience.

There will be the opportunity to receive training in dermatology so that the role can also work with our general dermatology team in supporting their cohort of patients.


Staff Car Parking on the West Suffolk Hospital Site is eligible for individuals working outside of the core hours, 07:00 - 18:30.

For individuals working within the core hours, the Trust offers parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital. Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack on the West Suffolk Hospital website.

This parking restriction does not apply if an individual is required to work on a weekend or if they are required to complete on call duties within their role.

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

Main duties of the job

Job summary:

To be a skilled practitioner in dermatology and act as a resource for patients and other health care professionals.

To participate in the direct access to surgery element of the Skin Analytics pathway

To support the Dermatology CNS team in provision of biologic treatments and dermatology/skin cancer clinics (F2F and telephone)

To collate and submit research & audit data as relevant

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job responsibilities:

1. Communication:

Use advanced communications skills, to inform patients, cares and colleagues using written and electronic information where needed.

To use highly developed negotiation and interpersonal skills to assist with communicating sensitive information and resolving complaints

To ensure that personal and clinical data is handled sensitively and confidentially.

To ensure effective communication between the Dermatology service and other departments is maintained to promote the dissemination of information, knowledge and good practice.

To have a clear understanding of Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts

2. Analytical and judgemental:

Assist in ensuring the appropriate statistical information is collated to assist with workload modelling.

3. Planning and organisational Skills:

Ensures accurate documentation of patient interactions are maintained.

Assist in the development of relevant patient & professional documentation within the clinical speciality.

4. Clinical Duties:

To work with colleagues to assess, monitor and evaluate treatment efficacy and manage the treatment pathway for patients with a skin condition/skin cancer.

To demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill beyond that associated with traditional nursing roles, including the integration of research evidence into practice by expert clinical reasoning and decision-making.

To support the Skin Analytics surgical pathway

To work with the consultants, the surgical nurse and the waiting list officer to ensure patients on the Skin Analytics pathway receive the necessary information for them to proceed directly to surgery

To assist with the pre-surgery information/assessment telephone clinic.

To manage a caseload of patients with support from colleagues

To interpret and act upon clinical, laboratory and radiology data.

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable.

To support patients and their carers to achieve goals to improve their well-being, considering individual needs in the context of equality and diversity.

Act at all times within the policies, procedures and guidelines set out by the Trust, the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code, and other professional guidelines and policies.

To make independent clinical decisions and initiate investigations.

To demonstrate skills essential for the immediate assessment and management of patients including, where appropriate, for the role advanced patient assessment/examination.

To ensure that appropriate, consistent information is provided to patients and relatives.

Implement into clinical practice the recommendations from NICE regarding referral, treatment guidance and therapeutics.

To use excellent prioritising and time management skills to meet the unpredictable and conflicting needs of the service.

5. Governance:

Assists the senior nursing team in initiating, facilitating, supporting and evaluating change initiatives.

Undertakes audit and evaluation of practice within own area of practice.

Assists in the implementation of strategies/plans for the service.

Assists in the development and implementation of Trust-wide policies, clinical guidelines and protocols.

Assists in the departmental audit program and evaluation of practice.

7. Leadership and management:

Prioritises own workload and manages time effectively, when working alone or in collaboration with others.

Operates autonomously at an advanced level of clinical practice.

Demonstrates professional leadership behaviours acting as a positive role model for other staff.

Identify learning needs, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of education to meet identified need.

Participate in the education of pre and post registered nurses, medical staff, AHPs, patients and carers and participate in curriculum development where appropriate.

Ensure own compliance, and compliance of others, in mandatory training and NMC revalidation requirements.

9. Research & Development:

Develops and maintains own professional knowledge and skills through lifelong learning.

Uses reflection to identify and prioritise areas for self-development.

Exercises professional accountability and adheres to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct.

Develops and annually reviews, in conjunction with the Senior CNS, a personal professional development plan.

Working with the dermatology team look at opportunities to further develop the skin cancer service.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • o1st level NMC Registered Nurse
  • oEducated to a degree level or working towards ENB 988 or equivalent


  • oClinical examination qualification
  • oExperience in general dermatology/skin cancer and/or direct access pathways

Experience and knowledge


  • oAt least 3 years post registration experience
  • oKnowledge of change management process
  • oAbility to develop nursing excellence and clinical practice
  • oExperience in information technology, audit and setting clinical standards.
  • oInitiation & evaluation of research-based practice


  • oManagerial responsibility
  • oStandard setting & protocol development clinical audit

Skills and abilities


  • oUnderstanding the issues affecting Dermatology/cancer nursing and/or biologic treatment
  • oExcellent organisational skills
  • oAbility to record & deal with accurate facts, figures and information.
  • oEvidence of professional development & its relevant application
  • oExcellent written & verbal communication & presentation skills.
  • oAbility to problem solve
  • oAbility to plan, organise, prioritise & coordinate work under pressure & using own initiative.
  • oLeadership skills
  • oAbility to establish effective working partnerships with members of the multi-professional team
  • oAbility to communicate effectively with key stakeholders within & outside the trust
  • oComputer literate
  • oAbility to use complex medical/clinical equipment

Personal qualities


  • oDemonstrate commitment to quality service provision
  • oExpert role model
  • oWillingness to learn new skills

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Hardwick Lane

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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