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Nurse Colposcopist / Trainee Nurse Colposcopist

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
To provide a specialist Colposcopy investigation and treatment within clinical guidelines.

To advise, support and develop professional strategic initiatives within the field of Colposcopy, working closely with the Matron, Lead Consultant and other relevant professionals.

To be responsible for providing a proactive learning environment and a clinical teaching and advisory role for medical and qualified nursing staff and students.

The post holder will act as a professional role model to motivate and demonstrate high standards of clinical knowledge of colposcopy

The post holders will participate in research and clinical audit

To maintain a high level of professionalism and act as a source of expertise to other members of the Multidisciplinary team.

Represent the Trust a local and regional meetings, influencing and negotiating innovative practice

Main duties of the job

Work autonomouslyprioritise the workload.

The post holder will be expected to manage other Nurses within the service

Act as a resource of specialist knowledge and clinical expertise to ensure appropriate care is delivered and guidelines are followed.

Independently perform Colposcopy examination and treatment.

Plan and document the on-going care requirements for the women maintain records that reflect this

Ensure a working knowledge of the use, maintenance and safety of the machines used in the clinic.

Communicate and work collaboratively with all departments promoting positive cross service working.

Utilise advanced communication skills for complex situations regarding diagnostic findings and patient care.

Participate and facilitate the training and education of medical and nursing staff

Set, monitor and evaluate standards of care within the service.

About us

Conduct duties with regard to values underpinning the Trust's Vision to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care :-


Respecting the individual

Putting patients and customers first

Promoting positive change

Acting with integrity

Serving the community

Underpinning the Trust's vision and values are the following key operating principles that influence the way in which the Trust does business:-

Understand the world we live in and deal with it

We are clinically led and management supported

Support departments support the front line

Everything is delivered by and through Divisions

Compliance with standards and targets are a given. They are the things we do to help secure our independence and influence

Quality is our organising principle - driving quality up and cost down is not mutually exclusive

We deliver what we say we need to

Post holders are expected to work flexibly within their pay band. They should only be expected to carry our activities for which they are competent. Alternatively they may carry out the additional duties if they are receiving support or training in order to obtain the recognised level of competence.

The Trust operates a Tobacco Control Policy.

Job description

Job responsibilities


1. Demonstrate pro-active and effective clinical activity and act as a positive role model.

2. Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration with all members of the multi-disciplinary team.

3. Communicate highly complex and sensitive information to the patient and referring clinician related to diagnosis.

4. Provide and receive highly complex information which requires empathy and reassurance and often involves overcoming barriers to understanding.

5. To communicate effectively and empathetically with relatives of patients.

6. To ensure that urgent findings are communicated and patients are directed accordingly.

7. To liaise with other departments/wards within the hospital and various external sources in order to provide a quality service to patients and clinicians. Keeping them informed of any delays to patient throughput that might result as a consequence of, for example excessive workload, equipment breakdown, sickness etc.

8. Ensure that incidents are reported to the Clinical Services & Quality Manager in accordance with trust policy.

9. To assess and provide specific communication needs of individual patients

10. Attend, contribute and when necessary, lead team meetings.

11. Assist in reviewing the Standard Operating Policy for the service as required.

12. To develop clinical policies and protocols relevant to the service, ensuring that practice is evidence based. Propose changes to procedures and working practices within the service. Ensure all staff understand and adhere to policies and protocols.

13. Create and positively promote an environment which is conducive to education and learning.


1. To provide high quality expert clinical training and mentoring to all staff as agreed.

2. To provide specialist information to other Health Professionals regarding Colposcopy examinations and treatment as requested.

3. To personally undertake training and study and assessment, as necessary, to ensure that a high level of current professional knowledge and expertise is achieved, to maintain a CPD portfolio as evidence of all training/study and to use this as part of the annual appraisal process.

4. To participate, when possible and appropriate, in teaching, lecturing or presentation of case studies and attending multi-disciplinary team meetings.

5. To participate in research and audit projects and present findings related to these studies as appropriate thus participating in contribution to overall service developments.


1. The post holder will actively participate in the Clinical Governance process and Management of Risk. It is a standard element of the role and responsibility of all staff of the Trust that they fulfil a proactive role towards the management of risk in all of their actions. This entails the risk assessment of all situations, the taking of appropriate actions and reporting of all incidents, near misses and hazards. Assist in the process of investigating incidents and participation in route cause analysis and sudden untoward incidents Participate in educating and supporting staff in the governance process.

2. The post holder will maintain records to NM Professional Standards.

3. In conjunction with the Band 7 lead, OPD Manager and Matron the Post holder will assist in the development of the service, responding to Professional Guidance e.g BSCCP , NICE


1. The post holder will maintain NMC registration.

2. The post holder will work within the NMC code of conduct.

3. The post holder will ensure adequate update of knowledge

4. As an integral member of the Colposcopy team the post holder will collaboratively develop guidelines, pathway, policies and procedures.

5. Alongside the Band 7 OPD Manager the Post holder will provide leadership and be a role model for medical and nursing staff.

6. The post holder will attend a BSCCP recognised national colposcopy meeting at least once every 3 years

Person Specification



  • NMC registered
  • 2 years post-registered experience
  • evidence of recent study


  • Experience in Gynaecology
  • awareness of electronic patient records (CERNER)
  • IT skills

Employer details

Employer name

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


Burnley general Hospital

Casterton Avenue


BB10 2PQ

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