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Breast Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 Per annum including HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 6
Full Time
We are delighted to present an exciting opportunity to join our excellent Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist Team at Frimley Park Hospital, as a Band 6 Clinical Nurse Specialist, on a 1 year, fixed term contract.

You will be supporting patients under investigation for breast cancer through diagnosis and treatment onto the Supported-Self-Management-Pathway or through palliative treatment and end of life. You will take an active role in the multi-disciplinary team, working to support patients in both the out-patient and inpatient settings. You will run nurse led clinics, including prosthesis, as well supporting patients pre and post operatively. You should show a basic understanding of the types of treatments delivered for breast cancer and how to support patients to self-manage and live well with their cancer and treatments.

Applications for this post are invited from nurses who have a passion for delivering excellence in breast cancer care. You will ideally have experience in oncology, SACT or palliative care, or be highly motivated to learn. Previous experience of a nursing post at Band 6 level is preferred, but not essential. We are looking for a dynamic, forward thinking individual who is flexible, self-motivated, reliable and a good team player. You should be educated to degree level. The post holder should be willing to develop their academic and clinical practice and be committed to continuing education.

Main duties of the job

  • The post-holder will act as Keyworker for breast cancer patients, providing a link between patients and health care professionals across primary, secondary and tertiary care and act as an advocate for patients/families
  • The post-holder will continually develop, implement and evaluate the Breast Cancer Service to improve and maintain standards of patient care and promote a seamless service within a multi-professional framework
  • The post-holder will be a clinical expert in breast cancer with excellent communication skills. The role requires the ability to work autonomously and independently but within an integrated collaborative team.
  • The post-holder will establish services with the aim of providing support and early referral to associated services for breast cancer patients to include those undergoing cancer treatments

About us

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust provides NHS hospital services for around 900,000 people across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and south Buckinghamshire.

As well as delivering excellent general hospital services to local people, we provide specialist heart attack, vascular, stroke, spinal, cystic fibrosis and plastic surgery services across a much wider area.

We have three main hospitals - Frimley Park in Frimley near Camberley, Heatherwood in Ascot and Wexham Park near Slough.

Our three core values, and the behaviours that support them, guide everything we do and set out what we expect of our staff in the way they treat patients, visitors, service users and each other, Committed to Excellence, Working Together and Facing the Future.

We are also proud to host the Defence Medical Group South East at Frimley Park with military surgical, medical and nursing personnel working alongside the hospital's NHS staff providing care to patients in all specialties.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be a point of contact/key worker for patients diagnosed with a breast malignancy at pre-diagnosis, during treatment, in the follow up period and when malignant disease is diagnosed whether face to face or via the telephone
  • Utilise advanced communication and counselling skills when discussing diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options for breast cancer with sensitivity and expertise
  • Work autonomously and demonstrate advanced practice by managing a caseload of patients and demonstrate advanced practice in the holistic assessment, physical assessment and non-medical prescribing and evaluation of care promoting the philosophy of person-centred care for patients
  • Implement and manage telemedicine clinics and outpatient nurse led clinics which will include Enhanced Supportive Care clinics
  • To be responsible for maintaining high standards of patient care and contribute to clinical audit
  • To provide psychological support and symptom control for patients diagnosed with both early and advanced breast cancer in a clinic, ward setting and telephone support
  • Use patient feedback to develop relevant support structure including support groups
  • Visit the ward areas including ED/AAU and review patients, where appropriate, providing guidance and information relevant to their care
  • Provide specialist, expanded roles of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures where necessary
  • Provide specialist advice to support ward staff when patients are admitted ensuring all medical and nursing needs are understood and carried out in accordance with Trust standards and policies
  • Act as a leader, advisor and role model to less experienced nurses, ensuring appropriate care is planned, implemented and evaluated
  • Work collaboratively with the Acute Oncology Team, the Cancer Navigators/Support Workers and the Specialist Palliative Care team to enhance patient care and management.

Please see Job Description and Person Specification for further information

Person Specification



  • Degree in nursing and current NMC registration
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Experience of working in oncology or breast care area
  • Awareness of the national cancer agenda and guidelines


  • Advanced communication skills training/Sage & Thyme, Psychology Level 2
  • Breast/oncology/chemo qualification
  • Counselling/ communication qualification
  • Prosthesis fitting course
  • Psychology Level 2 training
  • Chemotherapy Administration training



  • Ability to work independently
  • Evidence of good organisational/time management skills
  • Evidence of patient education/support/counselling skills
  • Demonstrates good communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written
  • Copes well with responsibility, pressure and emotional circumstances
  • Ability to work independently, but equally well as a team member


  • Experience working as Band 6 nurse
  • Experience in in oncology/SACT/palliative care
  • Experience of delivering nurse-led clinics
  • Project management
  • Administration of chemotherapy
  • Breast prosthesis fitting experience or willingness to complete training
  • Ability to influence current practice and influence change

Employer details

Employer name

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust


Frimley Park Hospital

Portsmouth road


GU16 7UJ

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