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Cancer Pathway Team Leader

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
26 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for candidates with proven team leader experience. Candidates should also have a good working knowledge of cancer multi disciplinary team working, management of patients through a cancer pathway and use of the infoflex cancer database.

Please contact Melanie Goodall ( for an informal chat.

Main duties of the job

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a Team Leader role ensuring the provision of an efficient, integrated and comprehensive administrative/support service within the Cancer Pathways Team.

The Team Leader will manage a team of cancer pathway co-ordinators and trackers being responsible for recruitment, training, appraisals and performance management.

The Cancer Pathways Team provides an administration service encompassing the facilitation of Cancer Multi-disciplinary Team meetings, and monitoring of patients on cancer pathways to ensure the best patient experience.

An ability to lead and highly developed communication skills are essential. The candidate must be organised, enthusiastic and be prepared to work with the pressure of deadlines. A previous working knowledge within an acute trust setting is essential for this role.

The successful candidate will support the Cancer Manager in implementing new initiatives across the Trust in relation to cancer pathways.

This is one of several Team Leader roles within the Team.

Please contact Melanie Goodall ( for an informal chat.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. Find out more here

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Oxford Cancer Centre

Churchill Hospital, Oxford


JOB TITLE: Cancer Pathway Team Leader

BASE: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

GRADE: Band 5

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Trust Cancer Manager

RESPONSIBLE TO: Trust Cancer Manager


Main Responsibilities
  • Managerial responsibility for a team of Cancer Pathway Co-ordinators and other administrative staff as appropriate. This will include the recruitment, appraisal, education and development of the post holders
  • Ensure the provision of an efficient, integrated and comprehensive Cancer Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) administrative/support service to appropriate clinical teams
  • Ensure effective tracking/monitoring of the all cancer patient tracking lists (PTL), with appropriate reporting to the Cancer Manager
  • Ensure accurate cancer data collection through tracking/ monitoring using worklists to support effective patient pathways and national cancer audits
  • Act as a mediator for MDT co-ordinators in particular with clinical service and tumour site group staff to help resolve issues and problems
  • Promote and facilitate productive working relationships between MDT co-ordinators, clinical service managers, patient access managers and as required with referring Trusts

  • Provide line management and support to a team of Cancer Pathway co-ordinators/ cancer administration staff as required.
  • using regular one to one and group meetings, facilitate and promote a one team approach
  • Plan workforce requirements in direct liaison with the Lead Cancer Manager or a nominated deputy, to ensure appropriate and equitable levels of Cancer Pathway support to all MDTs and tumour site specialties
  • Provide consistent high quality cover for sickness, annual leave and vacant posts
  • Support the recruitment and orientation process for new Cancer Pathway co-ordinators ensuring that Trust policy is always followed.
  • Facilitate training for all relevant systems for new and existing staff members of the Team and across the Trust as appropriate
  • Work closely with the Informatics Team facilitating high quality Data collection and submission
  • Be familiar with the Trust human resources policies and conditions of service, including sickness absence and performance management. Ensure that processes are followed and workforce information is appropriately disseminated
  • Take personal responsibility and ensure that all MDT co-ordinators/ cancer admin staff have an annual appraisal and a personal development plan in accordance with Trust guidelines
  • Work with Trust support services and the MDT co-ordinators to ensure consistent and good quality video conferencing for Networked MDTs
  • Work to achieve productive working relationships with colleagues within the Trust
  • Liaise with cancer services staff in other hospitals to promote excellent working relationships and swift referrals between Trusts.
  • Ensure and record the attendance of all staff at Trust mandatory training sessions and their achievement of e-learning modules.
  • Support the Lead Cancer Manager in implementing new initiatives across the Trust in relation to cancer pathways
  • Support the Cancer Manager with regular reviews of processes, practice, policies and systems supporting and implementing the development of innovative working practices
  • Support the Lead Cancer Manager in achieving compliance against national and locally set Operational Standards.
  • Support the Lead Cancer Manager in organisational and service level objectives relating to cancer services.

General Responsibilities
  • The post holder must at all times respect patient confidentiality and in particular the confidentiality of electronically stored personal data in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
  • Abide by all Statutory and Trust policies and procedures
  • Attend Mandatory training courses as indicated by the Trust policy
  • Participate in individual performance review in regular supervision sessions as agreed.
  • Ensure the Team work to the Trusts set of values.

Patient confidentiality

At all times the utmost care and attention must be given to maintain confidentiality of all patient information

Risk Management

The management of risk is the responsibility of everyone and will be achieved within a progressive, honest and open environment.

Health and Safety

The post holder is responsible for ensuring that all duties and responsibilities of the post are carried out in compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Statutory Regulations and Trust policies and procedures. This will be supported by the provision of training and specialist advice when required.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent skills/ knowledge/experience
  • Experience of supervising/appraising staff
  • Experience hospital based IT systems
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary teams(MDT's) and Cancer MDT's practice and process


  • Experience of using cancer management database - e.g Infoflex

Skills, Knowledge and Abilitie


  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Effective problem solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Ability to work autonomously and use initiative
  • Excellent data management skills
  • Ability to understand, analyse and produce information for use in monitoring, validating and reporting
  • Understanding of work practices and procedures within an acute trust that impact on cancer waiting times

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Churchill Hospital

Old Road



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