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Advanced Clinical Practitioner/Trainee ACP for CUP/MUO/NSS

Wye Valley NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
22 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity for an ACP to join our AOS team in cancer services. The successful candidate will provide day to day leadership in the delivery of cancer services across the organisation, exercising advanced clinical skills, levels of judgement, discretion and decision-making in specifically CUP/MUO, demonstrated through, and supported by, professional portfolio evidence.

The advanced clinical practitioner is the named key worker and point of contact through the CUP/MUO pathway, supporting patients through their journey to ensure they get the right diagnostics at the right time to prevent delays. We are also currently trialling the NSS pathway within this service. The ACP is supported by an Oncologist specific to CUP/MUO and NSS. The Acute Oncology team work closely with the ACP and support in all areas of the pathway together.

The role requires considerable tenacity and autonomous thinking to ensure that the right escalations, clinical actions and advice is made to ensure that the patient pathway to treatment is not subject to unnecessary delays.

Main duties of the job

  • To act as an autonomous practitioner, making critical clinical decisions independently when diagnosing, monitoring and managing patients with an MUO/CUP/NSS supporting the Acute Oncology nursing team.
  • To independently prescribe and request additional diagnostics to improve and support patient pathway, reducing unnecessary delays.
  • The post holder will extend clinical practice and standards of care within the MUO/CUP/NSS and acute oncology service, including development of policies, protocols and guidelines and contribute to service improvement in collaboration with multidisciplinary colleagues.
  • Participate and contribute to the MDT for CUP/MUO/NSS and ensure the patients are referred to relevant pathway to reduce delays.
  • To improve outcomes for patients by improving cancer services and quality of cancer care. Radiology may report incidental findings to the CUP/MUO/NSS lead to redirect to the relevant MDT.
  • To act as a resource for junior doctors and registered nurses requiring specialist support.
  • To act as a resource for patients requiring specialist support, particularly for patients who have no site specific nurse specialist.
  • To act as an interface between medical practitioners, nursing staff, the multidisciplinary team, patients and carers
  • To support medical staff in the management of patients with a known or suspected malignant diagnosis.

About us

Wye Valley NHS Trust is a member of an NHS Foundation Group with South Warwickshire NHS FT , the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Located on the border with Wales in the shadow of the Black Mountains, we provide acute and community services across Herefordshire and into parts of Powys and run Hereford County Hospital and the community hospitals in Bromyard, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye.

We are a progressive and forward looking trust with ambitious plans to improve quality and integrate patient pathways through close collaborative working with our partners to deliver the quality of care we'd want for our family and friends.

More than 3,500 people work for the Trust - they tell us it's a great place to work, blending the busyness of a DGH with the benefits of working in a beautiful rural and unspoilt county like Herefordshire.

We can offer a great work-life balance and have a fine tradition of working with staff to help them achieve their full potential.

Russell Hardy, Trust Chairman: The strength of the Trust is its amazing staff a great place to work, a great place to develop your career and a great place to reach your potential.

Our values -Care, Accountability, Respect and Excellence - are at the heart of all we do. We believe in providing the right care in the right place at the right time...all the time.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see job description and person specification for full details, available in documents. Thank you.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • NMC Registered First level Nurse/AHP
  • Advanced Physical Health assessment level 7
  • Non-medical prescribing or working towards.
  • Specialist Oncology / Haematology course or evidence of relevant clinical experience.


  • Advanced Clinical Practice MSc/PGDip/PGCert or willingness to work towards.
  • Teaching certificate or equivalent (or working towards)



  • Experience with time management skills responding to and prioritising work as necessary
  • Experience with service development / improvement


  • Experience of attending relevant local, Network, National meetings/ forums relevant to oncology / CUP / MUO /Haematology/ AOS

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities


  • Extensive post registration experience in the NHS
  • Proven experience working at band 7 within an Oncology / Haematology area or able to demonstrate transferrable skills
  • Advanced knowledge of anticancer treatments
  • Advanced communication skills where the topics may be highly sensitive and complex in nature
  • Knowledge and experience of developing, implementing and reviewing policy and guidance.

Employer details

Employer name

Wye Valley NHS Trust


Wye Valley NHS Trust

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