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Breast Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Breast Care Nursing Team at West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

As part of the Breast Care nursing team the Breast CNS will develop, implement and evaluate a seamless specialist service ensuring that patients receive the highest standard of clinical care. Contact and care will cover the period from pre-diagnosis, through diagnosis, treatment, follow up and survivorship.

The CNS will also provide care to patients in the NHS breast screening programme. Our service aims to improve patient outcomes by providing specialist information and support for patients and their significant others, ensuring patients have adequate and timely psychosocial and physical assessment and intervention and providing expert clinical care. The CNS will ensure the safety and well-being of patients always promoting dignity through the adoption of patient first principles.

Interviews are to be held on the 11th June 2024

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide specialist, high quality, expert nursing care and support for patients and their carers throughout their journey within the Breast Care Unit.

You will deliver evidence based individualised patient care according to patient's changing health care needs, including using holistic needs assessment and responsive care planning (HNA).

You will be required to work autonomously and developing collaborative relationships with others across and within professional boundaries. You will work collaboratively to develop patient pathways and be responsible for the continuous review and development of the nursing service.

The post holder will provide expert knowledge and advice in own specialist area, ensuring maintenance of clinical excellence underpinned by evidence-based practice. Working with the Multidisciplinary Team and Cancer Management Team you will ensure that your cancer service complies with the national standards for safety and quality.

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

Please see job description for full details.


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.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • NMC Level 1
  • ENB 998/teaching qualification
  • Breast Examination course, or willing to complete
  • Educated to Masters Level, or equivalent experience


  • Clinical Examination Course
  • Non - Medical Prescribing Principles of Breast Cancer Care
  • Advanced communication skills qualification/course

Experience and knowledge


  • Post registration experience at a Band 6 level within either surgical/oncology setting
  • Awareness of cancer policy and its application in Breast Care setting
  • Knowledge of change management process
  • Ability to develop nursing excellence and clinical practice
  • Standard setting & protocol development
  • Initiation & evaluation of research-based practice
  • Clinical audit
  • Evidence of Service Development


  • Awareness of breast care policies and politics
  • Managerial responsibility
  • GCP (Good Clinical Practice Training)
  • Knowledge of Clinical Research

Skills and abilities


  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to record & deal with accurate facts, figures and information.
  • Evidence of professional development & its relevant application
  • Excellent written & verbal communication & presentation skills
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Ability to plan, organise, prioritise & coordinate work under pressure & using own initiative.
  • Leadership skills
  • Experience of developing, training & education in clinical practice
  • Ability to establish effective working partnerships with members of the multi-professional team within and outside of the Trust
  • Ability to communicate effectively with key stakeholders within & outside the Trust
  • Computer literate


  • Venepuncture & cannulation skills
  • 3D Nipple and areola Micropigmentation
  • Knowledge of complex wound & seroma management
  • Ability to use complex medical/clinical equipment
  • Knowledge of Family History/Genetic screening

Personal qualities


  • Ability to work effectively in stressful situations
  • Ability to act independently and delegate appropriately
  • Adaptable to change in demands or service
  • Friendly, approachable and supportive
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Good time management
  • Demonstrate commitment to quality service provision
  • Professional attitude to work
  • Expert role model


  • Ability to travel within the Anglia Cancer Network

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital

Bury St Edmunds


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