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Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) is a large NHS teaching trust providing integrated patient care in one of the UK's most diverse cities. We are a national and regional centre for specialist treatment, a renowned biomedical research facility, and the local hospital for people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

UHL has three acute hospitals and eight community sites, employing 18,000 colleagues and caring for 1.4 million patients each year.

In April 2024 UHL are one of the top 5 most improved trusts in the country. We halved the number of patients waiting longer than necessary on an urgent suspected cancer pathway and increased the number of patients diagnosed within 28 days. However, we recognise there is still much more to do. With 1in2 people affected by cancer this is a pivotal role that will lead and support how we shape and deliver our services to reduce waiting times and improve patient experience and outcomes for our community.

The Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse will play a critical role in collaboration with all clinical teams in ensuring the provision of high-level operational and strategic planning and leadership.

Main duties of the job

Working closely with a range of specialist nurses in cancer, palliative and end of life care within the Trust, the Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse will provide expert advice to take forward cancer nursing practice and professional development in line with local, regional and national priorities.

As an experienced nurse, you will support the management of complex and multi-faceted demands on the cancer pathway, delivering transformational change. The post holder will work to continuously improve the quality of health provision for patients with cancer, and their families. This will be achieved by collaborative working across the integrated care system, commissioners, cancer alliances and voluntary sector.

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:
  • high-quality care for all,
  • being a great place to work,
  • partnerships for impact, and
  • research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:
  • we are compassionate,
  • we are proud,
  • we are inclusive, and
  • we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post is vital to ensuring that National Cancer targets and Quality standards can be delivered in line with the NHS Long Term plan in conjunction with the cancer and clinical teams across the Trust. It is an opportunity to showcase, develop and embed best practice across cancer pathways to support our patients across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Person Specification

Training and qualifications


  • Registered Nurse
  • Current registration with NMC
  • Evidence of CPD
  • NMC approved teaching and assessing or Practice Assessor Programme/ Equivalent


  • Master Degree/ Equivalent in Health Related Studies/ Management

Skills and experience


  • Minimum of 5 years experience at a Senior Level
  • Proven success of delivering transformation
  • Track record of achieving healthcare targets
  • Communicating complex concepts to wider audience
  • Minimum of 3 years Project Management experience
  • Budget management experience
  • Experience of managing a large, complex team

Communication & Relationship Skills


  • Excellent written communication
  • Collaborative working


  • Ability to write clear and concise

Analytical and Judgement Skills


  • Understand complex clinical information
  • Change Management skills

Planning and organisational skills


  • Organised and robust performance management

Equality, diversity and inclusion


  • Understanding the importance of ED& I
  • Compassionate and inclusive leadership skills

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


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