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Macmillan Lung Nurse

Northampton General Hospital
£35,392 to £42,618 Pro rata / per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse, Respiratory nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
There is an exciting opportunity for a passionate, experienced cancer nurse to join the Macmillan Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist service, providing high quality patient centered care to those living with lung cancer.

The role involves undertaking a comprehensive Holistic Needs Assessment and care planning at key stages during the illness experience, acting as the patient's main point of contact coordinating their pathway from the point that lung cancer is suspected.

The post holder will have the opportunity to provide specialist support during outpatient consultations, review inpatients and respond to alerts when lung cancer patients are admitted as an emergency, demonstrating the ability to plan and implement programs of care in response to presenting symptoms.

We welcome applications from passionate, experienced cancer nurses who want to make a different and have recent experience in caring for patients living with lung cancer.

For more information or to arrange an informal visit please contact Jo Merritt/Rachael Mynard Macmillan Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist Telephone 01604 544226

Main duties of the job

Working as a core member of the lung cancer multidisciplinary team, the post holder will provide high quality patient centred care to those living with lung cancer from the point of suspicion of the disease.

The post holder will act as the main point of contact, managing a caseload of patients, providing specialist information, help and support, liaising with other healthcare professionals within the MDT, primary and secondary care to ensure a seamless service for patients and their families.

The post holder will support the Macmillan Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists in the delivery of an innovative, high-quality service to those living with lung cancer.

The post holder will be responsible for implementing the key elements of Personalised Care, ensuring patients are offered a Holistic Needs Assessment/care planning at key stages in the pathway in line with national directives.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To undertake a HNA at key stages in the pathway in line with national directives, using a recognised tool, ensuring the patients physical, emotional, social, financial and spiritual needs are identified.

Use supportive conversations to develop and implement plans of care to meet the individual needs of patients/carers, ensuring they are reviewed and adapted in respond to the changing clinical situation.

To attend the weekly specialist multidisciplinary team meeting as required, contributing to the multidisciplinary discussion and patient assessment/care planning decisions and co-ordinate actions from the MDT.

To review patients admitted as an emergency, working with the admitting team to agree and implement an appropriate management plan.

To provide advice on the management of symptoms, referring those with complex needs to the Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Team.

To demonstrate enhanced practice in planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care, documenting the outcomes of consultations in the hospital notes and on the Somerset Cancer Database.

To provide Level 2 psychological support for patients/carers, referring patient with complex needs to the Macmillan Clinical Psychologist.

To lead on patient and carer communication issues and co-ordinate the patients pathway, acting as the main point of contact or responsible for nominating the main point of contact for the patient depending on their individual needs.

To ensure patients receive specialist verbal and written information at the appropriate point in their illness experience to meet their individual needs.

To become acquainted with the local and regional care pathways including knowledge of contact points for referral and advice.

To identify and meet the educational needs of those living with lung cancer.

To demonstrate knowledge of the clinical trials relevant to lung cancer.

Ensure the palliative care needs of patients and their families are identified and met, referring patients with complex needs to the Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Team.

To identify the patients Preferred Place of Care at the appropriate point in the illness experience, ensuing patients and able to be discharged to their place of choice where possible.

To identify patients suitable for the AMBER Care Bundle.

To ensure patients/carers are supported during significant consultations, acting as the patients advocate.

Promotes a culture that supports and enables self-management strategies, promoting the dedicated cancer You-Tube channel.

To work in line with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct

To promote collaborative working relationships and effective communication between all members of the cancer multidisciplinary team and across different boundaries of care.

To provide nursing advice and support to other health professionals related to lung cancer.

To identity own personal development needs to work at specialist level and take appropriate action to ensure that these are met, actively engaging with the learning and development opportunities offered by Macmillan Cancer Support.

To maintain a personal professional profile clearly demonstrating evidence for revalidation.

To participate in the formal review process and plan future personal development and competencies to be achieved.

Make sure that people affected by cancer are aware that they are interacting with a Macmillan Professional and know the full range of resources and services available through Macmillan Cancer Support.

To record nursing interventions on the Somerset Cancer Database.

To record data to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Macmillan Nursing Services.

To deputise for the Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists at local, regional and national meeting.

Participate in Macmillan Service Reviews in order to drive service improvements.

To participate in the self-declaration against national cancer standards and external peer review visits.

Implement the key elements of personalised care and support working with the Macmillan Personalised Care Transformation Lead.

To support the Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists in the development of policies/clinical guidelines to enhance the nursing service.

To participate in informal/formal education initiatives related to lung cancer.

To participate in clinical audit and research initiatives.

To promote best practice ensuring care in evidence based.

To contribute to the management of the service.

Person Specification

Education, Training & Qualificatiosn


  • RN Level 1
  • Educated to degree level in cancer or palliative care or equivalent level of education, training or experience
  • A recognised teaching qualification or equivalent level of education or training'
  • Recognised communication skills training
  • Evidence of continued professional development

Knowledge & Expereince


  • Recent experience in caring for patients living with lung cancer
  • Palliative care experience
  • Experience of multi-professional working and management of own caseload
  • National frameworks related to cancer
  • Personalised Care & Support


  • Understanding of Macmillan Cancer Support and its role across the UK



  • Excellent communication skills
  • Assessment skills
  • Symptom management
  • Effective negotiation and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work automatously and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to plan own workload and manage own time effectively
  • Ability to exercise initiative and work under pressure

KeyCompetencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Passionate and committed to bring our Dedicated to Excellence values to life, improving the way we work with each other, particularly focusing on empowerment, equality diversity and inclusion of our staff, patients and service users
  • Diplomatic, calm & objective
  • Caring & Compassionate
  • Flexible

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital

Billing Rd



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