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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Colorectal

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has risen within the colorectal nursing service for a Band 7 Clinical Nurse Specialist, to join our established team. We are dedicated to providing expert and compassionate care to colorectal patients, ensuring they receive tailored investigations, treatments, and support in line with national and local cancer targets.

We seek an experienced and empathetic individual with a strong background in colorectal surgery and a comprehensive understanding of the colorectal cancer pathway and lower gastrointestinal (LGI) diagnostics. In this role, you will play a pivotal part in our 2ww LGI diagnostic service and both colorectal benign and malignant pathways, offering crucial support to patients and their families throughout their journey.

We're looking for a dedicated and driven team player with exceptional communication skills, committed to delivering high-quality care and supporting patients with colorectal disorders. The ideal candidate will possess outstanding organisational abilities and adeptness in managing challenging conversations.

This role requires autonomy, with opportunities to serve as a role model and contribute to enhancing the patient experience. If you're passionate about making a difference and eager to join a motivated, innovative team dedicated to achieving Trust objectives while upholding our values, we encourage you to apply. Informal visits are encouraged.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is a recognized expert in the specialty, responsible for assessing, developing and implementing specialist nursing care programmes and undertaking specialist nursing procedures

Responsible for providing specialist advice and support to, and liaising with, other staff. This includes the provision of specialist education and training for other staff and students

Responsible for implementing a clearly defined integrated approach to patient care encompassing new treatments and evidence based care

Required to undertake research and lead clinical audits in own specialist area

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Descriptionand Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

If you require sponsorship for a Visa to work in the UK, to avoid disappointment, please check you are not applying from a Red list country - Code of practice for the international recruitment of health and social care personnel in England - GOV.UK (

Closing date is midnight on 2 June 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 12 June 2024

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?

Our values and reputation for outstanding care Opportunities to experience a range of specialities Career and development opportunities Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team Research experience and opportunities Lovely location and quality of life Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse educated to Degree level or willingness to undertake
  • Post registration qualification in speciality
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Teaching or mentoring qualification.
  • Advanced communication skills/counselling qualification or willingness to undertake
  • Advanced clinical assessment


  • Research Module.
  • Master's Degree



  • Significant relevant experience in the Specialty and ability to demonstrate expert nursing skills.
  • 2 years post registration experience in Colorectal surgery
  • 1 year experience as Colorectal/stoma Specialist Support Sister or CNS at band 6 or above.
  • Accept personal accountability for own practice.
  • Experience of formal/informal teaching.
  • Experience of initiating change



  • Understanding of evidence-based practice.
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance.
  • Understand of patient pathways its complexities and how to support the patient through this



  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Capable of working as an integral member of a small team.
  • Adaptable to changing situations due workload and colleagues' needs.
  • Ability to undertake teaching of staff and patients.
  • Leadership Skills.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and manage own workload effective time-management.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to lead developments in practice.
  • Commitment to multidisciplinary working.
  • Demonstrate analytical and judgmental skills.
  • Ability to quickly appraise situation and act accordingly


  • Advanced Communication Skills.

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.
  • To act in a professional manner at all times in accordance with NMC Code of Conduct.
  • Capable of developing liaisons with other practice areas/academic institutions.


  • Knowledge of broader issues related to specialty - political and Trust.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division A



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