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Colorectal Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 6
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to become part of a small well-established Colorectal Cancer CNS Team in a friendly and supportive work environment. The post holder will be part of a dynamic team playing a pivotal role in leading and delivering the colorectal cancer service and will be a key member of the team in delivering high quality patient care.

The successful candidate would be working as part of the wider colorectal multi-disciplinary team within the Surgical and Cancer directorate. It is a busy, friendly, team who are passionate and committed to the care of colorectal cancer patients in order to provide a prompt and seamless service. The role of the colorectal cancer CNS includes providing information, advice and support for colorectal cancer patients, and those close to them, at all stages of their disease, including pre and post any surgical intervention, which may include stoma formation, and during oncology treatment.

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated candidate who can demonstrate the appropriate knowledge and skills to join our team, where we are committed to ensuring that patients are at the centre of our service.

Essential requirements are:

RGN with a degree is required or working towards is required.

Oncology experience is desirable.

A knowledge of colorectal surgery is desirable.

You must have excellent communication skills and be able to work independently and as part of a team.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to practice autonomously and demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge in relation to the care of colorectal patients. The post holder will run nurse led clinics, provide ward based education and facilitate effective health care delivery. Leadership, innovation, motivation and excellent communication skills are essential as is the ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.

The ability to be flexible and organised in the workplace with a passion for delivering a quality and successful service is essential. We are looking for a committed, enthusiastic, innovative and flexible individual with the ability to work in a potentially demanding and diverse workflow and to work on his/her own initiative, as a member of a growing team. If you think you have the skills and motivation to succeed in this role we are keen to hear from you. Informal conversations or visits to our team from interested parties are strongly encouraged.

We work collaboratively with the BRI Colorectal CNS Team to maintain high standards of practice and positive patient experiences, there may be some cross site working required for this role.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description including the main responsibilities and person specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Appropriate post registration experience in nursing, speciality
  • Appropriate proven leadership and management experience
  • Relevant post registration at least 3 years at Band 5 or above.
  • Proven commitment and experience, evidence in teaching
  • Experience as preceptor / mentor
  • Communications Skills training or prepared to work towards psychological skills level 2


  • Experience of undertaking research or audit projects
  • Experience working on a surgical ward
  • Experience working in oncology
  • Evidence of commitment to research based practice or evidence of project work undertaken

Skills and Abilities


  • Organisation and management skills
  • Teaching
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Flexibility, adaptability to meet needs of a changing service
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • Ability to cope with emotional issues presented in the course of work, and to support others
  • Knowledge of national and local specialty specific issues
  • IT skills including use of email and Microsoft office packages
  • Act as a role model and as a mentor/assessor
  • Innovative and participates with practice and policy change
  • Awareness of professional responsibilities to self and others
  • Commitment to the development and provision of high quality nursing care
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Awareness of current national changes in nursing / NHS
  • Ability to keep accurate and timely documentation

Qualifications and Training


  • Current NMC registration
  • RGN.1st Level
  • 1st Degree In nursing or health related subject, willing to undertake/ working towards
  • Qualification in Teaching and Assessing
  • Relevant accredited post registration qualification at level 3


  • Willingness to work towards Masters level academic study

Communication Skills


  • Diplomatic ability to communicate with empathy and in emotionally challenging environments
  • Effective communication skills both verbally and written
  • Calm and objective
  • Assertive, confident, yet approachable
  • Ability to listen and understand demands of patient service

Public Sector Language Competency


  • Be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard



  • Respecting Everyone
  • Supportive
  • Embracing Change
  • Recognising Success
  • Collaborative
  • Innovative

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Weston General Hospital

Grange Road, Uphill


BS23 4TQ

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