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Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen and applications are invited for a Band 7 Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist.

The position may also be offered as a development post from Band 6 to Band 7 if the candidate does not fulfil all of the essential criteria.

The candidate will move from Band 6 to Band 7 following completion of the skin cancer clinical competencies document and them working towards the ACP Master's degree

The post holder will join a team comprising a Lead Skin Cancer Nurse, a Lead ACP for Skin Cancer Oncology, 3 specialist nurses, and one administrator. The UHD skin cancer service serves a population of approximately 600,000.

The specialist nurse and ACP team provide care and support throughout the patient pathway. This model, using staff with advanced practice skills educated to MSc level, enables the service to provide a whole pathway approach. This includes recognising and managing skin cancer, melanoma diagnosis clinics, follow up clinics, health education clinics, open access, as well as clinics and support for patients being treated with adjuvant and palliative systemic anti-cancer treatment (SACT). The whole pathway approach ensures the service is able to respond to clinical need, delivering exceptional quality care and demonstrating high patient satisfaction.

This position requires: Registration on Part 1 or 12 of Active NMC Register (RGN or RN Adult)

Base Location: Poole

Interview Date: TBC

We respectfully ask that previous applicants do not reapply.

Main duties of the job

The Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist will provide expert nursing care and psychosocial support for patients diagnosed with skin cancer (primary and metastatic disease) and their families.

To provide highly specialised clinical practice in order to ensure the delivery of safe, effective, multidisciplinary care for patients with skin cancer.

To act as a consultancy resource for GPs and community teams, hospital medical and nursing staff, professions allied to medicine and external agencies.

To assist the lead skin cancer nurse in the development of specialist skin cancer nursing services across medicine, surgery and oncology.

To participate in the provision of specialist education and training to other staff members including General Practitioners, junior doctors, nurses and other health care professionals

To support the Lead Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist and the Lead Clinician with the review of NHS cancer standards for skin cancer.

To chair the Dorset Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist group when required.

To chair the UHD Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist meetings when required.

To develop and deliver health promotion education and advice for the general public.

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have about this at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide skilled support to patients undergoing surgical procedures, liaising with colleagues within UHD and as appropriate with other acute services, Primary Care services and allied healthcare professionals.

To request and interpret the results of investigations including radiological investigations such as ultrasound scans, core biopsies, CT, MRI scans etc. To identify patients who require discussion at the specialist MDT.

To review all skin cancer histology and identify those to be discussed at the local/specialist MDT.

To co-ordinate case conferences as required and participate regularly as a key member of the primary health care team.

To refer to specialist services such as palliative care and the lymphoedema service.

To liaise with tertiary treatment centres.

To take a proactive role in admission prevention, medicines management and chronic disease self- management.

Person Specification



  • Registration on Part 1 or 12 of NMC Register (RGN or RN Adult)
  • Relevant 1st Level Degree
  • Post graduate qualifications related to Oncology / Specialist Palliative Care / Dermatology


  • Master's Degree or working towards
  • Advanced Communication Skills training course
  • Physical Examination course
  • Non-Medical Prescribing qualification
  • Recognised teaching / trainer qualification / course



  • Proven track record of specialist practice in oncology/palliative care/dermatology
  • Experience in senior managerial position
  • Experience of presenting to others utilising multimedia techniques
  • Experience of initiating change
  • Leadership and development of others
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Representing organisation/profession at senior level meetings and committees
  • Experience of undertaking training needs analysis for staff groups planning and providing training

Technical skills and competencies


  • Excellent Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Advanced skills in written and verbal communication including public speaking and report writing
  • Ability to analyse highly complex problems and to develop practical and workable solutions to address them
  • Diplomacy and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work unsupervised and prioritise and manage own workload
  • Ability to lead developments in practice


  • Ability to manage and deliver to deadlines and within resources.
  • Appraisal skills



  • Experience of writing clinical policies and procedures
  • Specialist knowledge of the field of practice underpinned by theory and experience

Personal attributes


  • Flexible in their attitudes and behaviours to support team working and delivery of objectives
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Self-motivation and reliability
  • Strong sense of commitment to openness, honesty and integrity in undertaking the role

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust



Longfleet Road



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