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Chemotherapy Nurse / Sister

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Across East Lancashire Sites
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
The Chemotherapy Unit at East Lancashire Teaching Hospital provides care for Oncology patients. We are looking for a highly motivated nurse who is keen to learn and develop as a senior nurse within the chemotherapy department. You will need to be able to work autonomously, but also be part of our team. The unit is fast paced, challenging and rewarding all at the same time, on average treating 50 patients per day.

If successful you will be expected to care for a number of patients each day, ensuring that each patient receives the best care and information required. You will administer chemotherapy and other therapies, including blood products, and be able to address any queries or problems associated with the patient's regimes. Cannulation and venepuncture skills are essential here on the unit, training can be provided. You will be required to be able liaise with our consultants and doctors when required.

The type of candidate we are looking for is one who has a positive outlook on life, who is open and honest, flexible, reliable, excellent time management skills, hardworking and eager to learn new skills and knowledge.

Main duties of the job

As a Chemotherapy nurse you will be expected to provide support and advice to patients receiving Systemic Anti Cancer Treatments (SACT).

You will administer SACT competently and safely and be able to recognise and respond appropriately to urgent and emergency situations.

Work collaboratively with other members of the MDT.

Meeting the needs of the patients and families.

Participate in the education, development and line management of other team members.

Responsible for the management of the unit and line management of team members in the absence of the unit manager.

About us

Established in 2003 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is a large integrated health care organisation providing high quality acute secondary healthcare for the people of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.Our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care. We currently provide high quality services and treat over 700,000 patients a year from the most serious of emergencies to planned operations and procedures. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work and achievements.Working as a member of the Chemotherapy Team the post holder will provide specialist nursing care to patients with a diagnosis of cancer. They will be responsible for the co-ordination of the patients' treatment pathway, acting as a link between primary, secondary and tertiary care. They will provide support for patients, relatives and carers during their chemotherapy journey

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Ensure patient records are maintained and that documentation reflects care provided
  • Collect, collate, evaluate and report information, maintaining accurate patients records.
  • Involve patients, relatives and carers in the planning and delivery of care.
  • Work collaboratively with other professionals and agencies to ensure patient needs are met
  • Work collaboratively with other professionals and agencies to ensure patient needs are met.
  • Establish and maintain effective communication with patients and carers/relatives
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to urgent and emergency situations.
  • Assess patients prior to commencing chemotherapy treatment.
  • Assess patients for PICC line placement, place PICC line in patients with poor venous access.
  • Ability to cannulate and carry out venepuncture skills
  • Make decisions about treatments after assessing results and following agreed guidelines
  • Ensure effective communication and support with patients, relatives carers and colleagues
  • Provide clinical expertise, advice and support for colleagues and those in training and act as a resource for other directorate/trust personnel, providing specialist knowledge as required
  • Ensure own actions promote quality and alert others to quality issues
  • Influence the development of knowledge, ideas and work practice
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to urgent emergency situations
  • Ensure that adequate precautions are taken by self and all members of staff to minimise the risk of infection in relation to the safe disposal of body fluids, including blood products.
  • Further to successful completion of non-medical prescribing training the post-holder will prescribe medications within their scope of practice and competency for patients in their care, following assessment of need and locally agreed guidelines and formularies.*

  • Deputise for Unit manager in management and organisation of the unit.
  • Accept delegated line management responsibilities of other team members including performance development review and personal development planning.
  • Maintain effective communication with medical staff and other MDT members, including Cancer Centre.
  • Attend departmental, operational/strategy meetings when required.
  • Support Unit Manager to maximise best use of clinical resources, implementing patient flow.
  • Participate in the recruitment and retention of staff.
  • Promote the development of services within the unit and assists unit manager to implement change.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of physical and financial resources.
  • Monitor health, safety and security of self and others and promote best practice on unit.
  • Be responsible for the investigation of complaints from patients, relatives other staff and members of the public in accordance with Trust policy in the absence of the unit manager
  • Responsible for ensuring that standards in the clinical area are in keeping with the N.M.C Code of Conduct

Education and Development.
  • Provide education and development opportunities for unit team and Nursing staff across East Lancs trust Hospital and Community staff
  • Provide mentorship and preceptorship for students and newly appointed staff
  • Ensure own compliance and compliance of others with regard to mandatory training and PREP requirements, maintaining records of training and development undertaken.
  • Participate in the development of others through involvement in training, education and development within and outside the unit environment.
  • Evaluate the development of team members and comply with CPD guidelines.

Clinical Governance.
  • Assist the Unit Manager in unit audit and the development and implementation of the unit action plan.
  • Ensure compliance with policies, procedures and clinical guidelines for self and others participate in the development of same.
  • Continually monitor standards of care, lead the improvement of care, through benchmarking, audit and research.
  • Lead patient and public involvement activities on the unit, leading to service improvement.
  • Promote peoples equality, diversity and rights.

Person Specification



  • 1st level Registered Nurse



  • Broad range of knowledge gained through training or post registration experience

Knowledge and Skills


  • Able to adapt to change and use own initiative
  • Able to present factual information and deal with questions
  • Able to maintain accurate patient records.
  • Basic I.T skills, including experience in using Word, ICE and Patient Centre


  • Venepuncture/cannulation skills

Personal Attributes


  • Clear and accurate written and verbal communication
  • Calm and approachable
  • Able to work extra hours where necessary and provide reasonable flexibility in terms of hours worked.
  • Must be able to work across Burnley and Blackburn hospital sites
  • Willingness to learn new skills

Employer details

Employer name

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


Across East Lancashire Sites

Haslingden Rd

Across East Lancashire Sites


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