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Senior Staff Nurse (BAND 6) - Private Care Day Surgery Unit

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 Per Annum Pro Rata Inc HCAS
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Private Care Surgical Unit with two positions available -

1 x 6 Months Fixed Term Contract

The Private Care Surgical Unit cares for pre and post operative care for Day case patients in an oncology setting, undergoing both general and local anaesthetic procedures.They also prepare patient for more major surgery.

The Unit also provides a pre-assessment service to assess Day Surgery patients for surgical procedures which include specialty areas such breast, urology, plastics, gynaecology, head and neck and sarcoma.

It is essential that the candidate is able to work using their own initiative, and to work well in a team to ensure that the needs of the patient and family are met.

They will be required to demonstrate excellent communication skills, to work under pressure and be able to provide to a high standard of care.

Main duties of the job

  • To coordinate and supervise a shift, communicating effectively with members of a multidisciplinary team to deliver high quality, evidence-led care to patients.
  • To exercise clinical judgment and decision making about patient needs in terms of long term goals or plans.
  • To participate fully in the day to day organization and running of clinical trials including the recruitment, education and monitoring of patients entering a clinical trial and liaison as required with trial sponsors.
  • To assume personal accountability for nursing care delivered to a patient in accordance with the NMC code of conduct. There is an expectation for post holders:
    • To promote a safe clinical environment for all patients, visitors and staff
    • To participate in Trust initiatives around infection control and care quality indicators
    • To assist with any local or trust initiatives to ensure the continuous improvement of the quality of services and safeguarding of high standards of care
    • To be aware of all hospital policies and procedures and collaborate with other health care professionals to ensure that these are observed
  • To help foster a supportive working environment and maintain staff morale

  • About us

    The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital.

    At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

    At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits, learning and development opportunities and clear career pathways. There are opportunities to work flexibly across a range of areas and specialities and we welcome flexible working requests from point of hire to support employees work life balance. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.
    • To complete the first level assessment of patients with cancer and their families to gain an understanding of their physiological, psycho-social, spiritual and cultural needs and to develop a positive, realistic and supportive attitude to ensure that these needs are met. This will include:
    • Counterchecking patients vital signs, blood results, patient body surface area, chemotherapy prescription and consent before administration of treatment.
    • Educating patients on their treatment such as indications and side effects.
    • Ensuring necessary medication and follow up appointments are obtained.
    • To plan, document, deliver and evaluate care plans from admission through to discharge / transfer discussing this with the patient, their family and multi-disciplinary teams and to alert the Sister/Charge Nurse of any changes. To set goals for each of the identified nursing issues and encourage / teach other nursing staff to do the same. To help the patient achieve set goals through care planning.
    • As a specialist cancer nurse, to assess the educational and informational needs of the patient and family. This includes producing and using appropriate materials to ensure optimum understanding of nursing care and the likely outcome.
    • To provide skilled care and expertise in venepuncture and/or cannulation. To assess patients for a suitable central venous access device. To provide education to patients on the care and management of central venous access devices and to adopt a problem solving approach to managing complications with all vascular access devices.

    Person Specification



    • NMC registration
    • Evidence of ongoing professional development
    • Diploma or Degree level study (or equivalent)



    • Experience in intravenous drug administration


    • Experience in oncology setting
    • Evidence of relevant teaching experience
    • Experience in physical assessment/pre-assessment skills.

    Skills Abilities/knowledge


    • Venepuncture and/or cannulation skills


    • Computer Literacy (e.g. use of Microsoft Word and Outlook)

    Employer details

    Employer name

    The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


    The Royal Marsden Hospital Chelsea


    SW3 6JJ

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