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Lead Nurse-Haematology and Cell Therapy Specialist

The Christie NHS FT
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The Christie is pleased to be able to offer an exciting opportunity for an experienced haematology and cell therapist nurse take on the role of Lead Nurse and play a key role in the future development of our Haematology service.

Based at the Withington site, you will provide senior professional leadership and management to the Transplant, CNS Teams and the Hematology Day Unit and be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of effective clinical practice to support the transplant pathway and ensure patients' safety and experience across the outpatient areas.

You will take the lead in the planning, co-ordination, and implementation of nursing service developments in response to National changes in practice and in close collaboration with the Head of Directorate and Clinical Director, lead on service developments and expansion of the apheresis service. Further to this, you will work with the Divisional Leads to ensure the delivery of balanced budgets, workforce plans and a service that is flexible to meet the current and future nursing trends and patient needs.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an experienced nurse with a strong background in heamatology oncology and operational management to lead the transplant, CNS and day unit nursing teams and play a key role in the development of the service.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of effective and high quality patient care and experience across the outpatient hematology services, demonstrating both excellent leadership and management skills at all times. You will work clinically one day a week alongside the nursing teams and participate in the Trust on call Duty Manager Rota.

You will have excellent and highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, be able to work efficiently, prioritise and demonstrate initiative and good time management.

A full and extensive overview of the responsibilities are detailed in the job description for the post.

An informal visit to discuss the post is highly recommended.

About us

The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer and a wide range of support and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. We run one of the largest early clinical trial units in Europe with over 300 trials every year. Cancer research in Manchester, most of which is undertaken on the Christie site, has been officially ranked the best in the UK.

Job description

Job responsibilities



Act as an expert resource providing leadership and direction for haematology/transplant/CART and apheresis specialist nurses.

Excellent knowledge in haematology oncology in order to be an expert resource for nursing staff and understand the changing needs of the patients according to developments within speciality.

Promote development of nurse led services where appropriate within the CNS teams ensuring all nurse led services have comprehensive protocols in place.

Promote the development of patient centred services
  • Maintain and continue to develop own expertise and competence within the field of haematology/oncology and cell therapy

Work closely with consultant medical staff and other health care professionals within the clinical areas to enable well co-ordinated care.

Ensures patients and relatives have a central role in the development and monitoring of service development projects for which the post holder is responsible.

Promote service development including undertaking clinical audits.
  • Uses and interprets research and audit findings to aid the development of new guidelines and protocols which support service improvements.

Exercise the NMC code of conduct.


Act as direct line manager to the Cell Therapy nurses, Haematology CNS and day unit manager, providing regular supervision and promoting their continued development

Responsible for the effective attendance, performance and appropriate conduct of staff in areas of responsibility. Takes action under Trust personnel policies (e.g. grievance, disciplinary, capability, attendance management) where necessary.

Undertakes formal investigations and presents to panels, where appropriate

Provides performance review for line managed staff resulting in clearly understood objectives and personal development plans that reflect both the needs of the Trust and the longer-term goals of staff.

Ensures that grievances and whistle blowing are treated appropriately and within Trust policies.

Ensures effective recruitment processes are implemented within directorate compliant with Trust policy.

In liaison with HR develop and implement local strategies, using appropriate and innovative approaches to maximise retention and recruitment within own areas of responsibility


Develop and promote links with education establishments, supporting patients to continue their engagement in education during and after their cancer treatment.

Ensures training and development plans are in place within directorate and that training needs analyses are regularly reviewed in order to determine optimum staff to deliver present and future services.

Ensures that line managed staff undertake mandatory training. Audits compliance and takes remedial action.

Takes responsibility for personal continuing professional development.

Ongoing requirement to undertake formal investigations, audits and surveys. Evaluates findings, develops and monitors action plans, undertakes remedial action.

Encourages others to complete satisfaction surveys and develops action plans to address any deficiencies identified.

4. Financial management and Business planning

Ensures regular progress reports, data sources and project reports are produced and submitted to clinical service manager and presented to project boards

Responsible and accountable for, the management of designated budgets for services within directorate.

Prepares robust business cases to enable services to remain financially stable and responsive to the demands placed upon them. Performs complex option appraisals in order to inform decision-making process, to include redesign of services.

Ensures compliance with Trusts standing orders and standing financial instructions.

Contributes to budget setting for services within the directorate.

Assists clinical service manager in the negotiation of annual service level agreements / contracts as required, ensuring they meet the needs of the directorate.

Identifies opportunities for service redesign in line with QIPP strategies

5. Governance, quality and risk management

Working closely with consultants to ensure that the transplant service provides a high standard of care and that all required quality standards are maintained.

Identifies and leads on assessment of risk and actions to mitigate risk within the Transplant, CNS service and day unit.

Acts as a key lead for JACIE accreditation of the Transplant service.

Oversight of all patient safety incidents and complaints related to the Transplant, CNS service and day unit and leads on investigations as appropriate.

Works closely with laboratory colleagues to ensure that all required quality standards required by the apheresis service are maintained.

Act as a key lead for HTA regulation for the service.

6. Communication

Maintains a range of highly developed effective communication and working relationships.

Communicates at the highest level, with respect to highly sensitive and highly contentious information regarding service improvement and development.

Negotiates, influences, persuades and reconciles conflicting views in a challenging and sometimes hostile environment in a manner that ensures credibility and fosters effective and lasting relationships with colleagues, staff, users and other stakeholders.

Presents information both formally and informally to, divisional board, senior managers, staff groups and patients.

Develops and implements processes that support good communications both within the Trust and division.

Actively works with clinicians, managers and staff to develop an environment that promotes continuous service improvement.

Employs motivational skills to encourage collaborative working to improve services and performance.

Ensures attendance and actively participates in the key departmental meetings.

9. General

Participates in Trust duty manager on call rota.

The above indicates the main duties of the post which may be reviewed in the light of experience and developments within the service. Any review will be undertaken in conjunction with the post holder.

Person Specification



  • RGN
  • Educated to 1st degree level
  • Educated to MSc degree level or willing to work towards in first 12 months of commencing post.


  • Management qualification



  • Post-registration experience in haematology oncology
  • Haematology Oncology clinical knowledge and experience at a senior level
  • Management experience at Band 7 or above
  • Experience of managing complex HR issues
  • Experience of implementing service development
  • Experience of writing policies and protocols
  • Experience of completing and presenting audits
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Experience of working in a pressurised, unpredictable environment


  • Considerable understanding & experience of managing complex services, including exposure to solving a range of operational and strategic problems
  • Experience of developing business cases and project management
  • Track record of delivering against set objectives and achieving key organisational targets, demonstrating continuous performance improvement.



  • Demonstrate ability to produce complex reports and formulate policies
  • Highly developed communication, influencing and negotiating skills
  • Ability to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Able to use initiative and make decisions
  • IT skills
  • Resource management skills
  • bility to lead teams effectively



  • Specialist knowledge in haematology
  • A sound knowledge of professional priorities and issues
  • A knowledgeable clinician with ability to ensure clinical governance is embedded in practice
  • Knowledge of the national and local healthcare agenda and its implications
  • Knowledge of research/audit processes and application


  • Experience of successful patient/public involvement

Employer details

Employer name

The Christie NHS FT


Haematology TYA


M20 4BX

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