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Colorectal Clinical Nurse Specialist

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Band 7
Full Time
The need for this role and the difference you'll make

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer and the cancer that takes the second highest numbers of lives every year in the UK. Chances of successful treatment are far greater if the cancer is diagnosed and treated at an early stage. However, Greater Manchester is currently failing the cancer waiting time standard for colorectal cancer, with 65.8% of patients receiving their treatment within 62 days (national target is 85%). Furthermore, by 2020 the new faster diagnosis performance standard of confirmation of cancer diagnosis (or no cancer) by day 28 following first referral from GP will be implemented. Access to timely and effective cancer services is crucial for patient experience and outcomes. The Colorectal Best Timed Pathway project aims to ensure that wherever a patient lives, they experience the same level of care and have the same chance of receiving a definitive yes/no cancer diagnosis no longer than 28 days after urgent referral.

Main duties of the job

By becoming a Colorectal CNS you will be playing a lead role in establishing and developing colorectal service for the Trust. Led by the colorectal clinical lead for the Trust, you will support all aspects of the new service, including communicating regularly with patients. This will speed up the early stages of the pathway, save OPA resources, allow earlier diagnosis and lead to improved outcomes for patients.

Your role will be part of a wider project across GM establishing STT services for colorectal cancer, with the aim of meeting incoming 28 day cancer targets and ensuring patients receive a diagnosis for cancer as quickly as possible. You will therefore be part of a community of Colorectal Triage CNSs establishing these services at the same time in Trusts across Greater Manchester and will be encouraged to build relationships and learn from each other.

We are looking for a proactive, motivated CNS who is enthusiastic about establishing new services that will make a significant positive difference to patient outcomes.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse
  • Relevant post qualifications at postgraduate level or equivalent knowledge.
  • Relevant study



  • ECDL
  • Post graduate diploma Teaching, assessor or mentor qualification



  • Registered Nurse minimum 3 years 5 in the relevant setting.
  • Working autonomously. Participating in research and or clinical audit.
  • Evidence of leading area of work and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of national and local targets/NSF frameworks.
  • Evidence of relevant CPD Knowledge of Governance agenda


  • Working with multidisciplinary students



  • High levels of judgement, discretion and decision making in clinical practice, care, programme management, clinical practice, development and research.
  • Analytical and judgmental skills.
  • Planning straight forward issues.
  • Problem solving.
  • Effective communication.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Computer skills e.g., word processing, email and internet

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


North Manchester General Hospital Hospital

Delaunay's Road



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