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Deputy Lead Cancer Nurse/Matron

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£50,952 to £57,349 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join a forward thinking and quality driven cancer team. The candidate will be passionate and have a problem-solving approach. They will be working with the Lead Cancer Nurse in the development of cancer nursing within the Trust. This post holder will work very closely with the Cancer Management Team and the Survivorship Lead. They will be responsible for identifying the education and training needs of personnel involved in delivering cancer services to inform both local and network-wide education and training provision. They will be part of a team supporting the development of cancer nursing services and patient engagement. Within this role they will be working with the ICB, local Trusts, Macmillan, other charities and the third section.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will also undertake the line management of Oncology and Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialists and will be supporting the Macmillan Unit Manager and clinical staff in their developing practice, to ensure delivery against CQC standards, CQUIN and other quality developments and targets. They will lead on the patient environment and cleanliness issues and facilitate Infection Prevention priorities across Specialist Medicine. Working in conjunction with the Lead Cancer Nurse and the Macmillan Unit Manager they will ensure that key performance indicators are identified and will work with the team on ensuring any improvements needed are implemented.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description for full details of the role.


Staff Car Parking on the West Suffolk Hospital Site is eligible for individuals working outside of the core hours, 07:00 18:30.

For individuals working within the core hours, the Trust offers parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital. Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack on the West Suffolk Hospital website.

This parking restriction does not apply if an individual is required to work on a weekend or if they are required to complete on call duties within their role.

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • oAppropriate Clinical NMC Registration,
  • oA first degree in a health-related area.
  • oAbility to study at master's level.
  • oEvidence of current continuing professional development.


  • oCompletion of a research module/ course.
  • oCompletion of a leadership programme/course.
  • oMaster's Degree

Experience and knowledge


  • oDemonstrated history of post registration experience in the specialist area
  • oExperience at Band 7 level as a ward/service manager in an acute or relevant setting
  • oIntroduction of change at ward/speciality level.
  • oKnowledge of clinical governance and risk management.
  • oUnderstanding of wider Trust issues and national targets.
  • oUnderstanding of principles of research.
  • oUnderstanding of Patient and Public Involvement.


  • oPractice development, project management.
  • oExperience of clinical audit.

Skills and abilities


  • oExcellent professional role model.
  • oGood leadership skills.
  • oIT literate.
  • oEffective team working, facilitation and influencing skills.
  • oUnderstanding of multi-disciplinary team working.
  • oExcellent communication skills.
  • oAble to establish good relationships with patients and the public, inspiring confidence.
  • oAbility to prioritise workload and problem solving.
  • oAbility to develop good inter-professional relationships.
  • oAbility to challenge historical organisational boundaries to promote high standards of nursing care.

Personal qualities


  • oAbility to articulate the value of nursing and its contribution to the health care agenda.

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Hardwick Lane

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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