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Assistant Chief Nursing Officer - Cancer Services

North Bristol NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Full Time
  • The Assistant Chief Nursing Officer - Cancer Services plays a strategic leadership role in ensuring and consistently developing a high quality cancer nursing service and workforce across the Trust.
  • Working in partnership with the Lead Cancer Manager, Lead Cancer Clinician, and the MDT /Cancer Performance Manager, the Lead Cancer Nurse supports the development and implementation of NBT as a centre of excellence in relation to cancer strategies.
  • The development of positive working relationships with Divisional Directors of Nursing and cancer and Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists, for whom the Lead Cancer Nurses provides clinical and professional leadership, is essential to the effective delivery of this role.
  • The Assistant Chief Nursing Officer - Cancer Services participates in the development and configuration of cancer and palliative care services to maximise quality of care and ensure cost effectiveness within the Trust.
  • The Assistant Chief Nursing Officer - Cancer Services leads on patient experience and seamless quality of care across cancer services, ensuring consistency across divisions with regards to patient pathways.

Main duties of the job

  • The Assistant Chief Nursing Officer - Cancer Services works with the Lead Cancer Manager, Lead Cancer Clinician and MDT/Cancer Performance Manager to ensure that the national measures of care and met and that teams are ready and responsive to the national cancer peer review process (QSIS) and is responsible for local implementation of national cancer/palliative care policy in relation to nursing.
  • The Assis tant Chief Nursing Officer - Cancer Services works closely with the Lead Cancer Manager, Lead Cancer Clinician and MDT/Cancer Performance Manager to ensure that new developments, projects, targets and objectives are met and that cancer is incorporated within healthcare governance strategies.
  • The Assistant Chief Nursing Officer - Cancer Services attends the Trust's Cancer Board, is a core member of the BNSSG CCG Cancer Working group and represents the Lead Cancer Nurses at the SWAG Cancer Alliance Board.
  • The Assistant Chief Nursing Officer - Cancer Services provides strategic leadership for the Living with and beyond Cancer initiatives across the Trust in partnership with a range of external healthcare agencies.

About us

An exciting opportunity, has arisen at North Bristol Trust to work strategically to shape the delivery of cancer care and high quality cancer patient experience as Trust Lead Cancer Nurse (Associate Chief Nursing Officer Cancer).

As a key member of the Cancer Leadership Team, the post holder will work along side the Cancer Services Manager, Lead Cancer Clinician and AHP Cancer Lead to make a real difference planning and delivering the Trust Cancer Strategy, ensuring the provision of high quality personalised care and support and outstanding patient experience. The role will provide specialist expert clinical strategic leadership for the Cancer Nursing Workforce, Personalised Care and Cancer Patient Experience.

The successful candidate should be a passionate and visionary nurse leader, with strong demonstrable clinical, leadership & management, workforce development and service improvement capability.

This is great time to join the cancer speciality, with exciting work across the Trust and nationally in areas such as the Best Practice Timed Pathways, Personalised Care and workforce development. As part of the Trust corporate nursing leadership team, the role is an excellent opportunity to take your career to the next level. We would welcome applicants who meet the role specification and look forward to meeting candidates whose ambitions and values support ours at NBT.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Leadership

Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Cancer Services:

Is an associated member of the Senior Professionals Forum (Nursing, Midwifery and AHP) whose role is to provide leadership and direction to the profession with the Chief Nursing Officer

Provides clinical supervision/mentorship including regular professional meetings with cancer clinical nurse specialists and other cancer workforce teams

Is responsible for the leadership and management of the Macmillan Wellbeing Centre and PCS team

Is responsible with the relevant Deputy Divisional Directors of Nursing / Service Managers for developing new specialist posts and roles in cancer care

Is responsible for the implementation of national and local nursing strategies for cancer nursing.

Acts as an effective role model and disseminates and shares best practice at local, regional and national level by conference presentation and through publication

Leads and participates in relevant cancer care audit, research and development activity, on a multi professional basis

Clinical Governance and Quality

The Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Cancer Services:

Works inter-professionally with colleagues on the implementation of policy that impacts on the cancer patient pathway

Actively participates in the development and revision of frameworks for service improvement

Should be able to identify potential areas of risk within sphere of responsibility

Ensures robust quality improvement projects related to cancer and palliative care are undertaken and disseminates results appropriately

Uses the results of audit to effect change in practice at NBT

Is expected to contribute to regional and national cancer care developments

Strategic Leadership

The Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Cancer Services:

Provides professional nursing advice relating to general, specialist and strategic policy on cancer nursing issues which may impact the Trust

Works strategically with the Trusts senior nursing management team to meet the national cancer nursing agenda and professional guidelines

In collaboration with the cancer manager, lead cancer clinician, AHP cancer lead and MDT/Cancer performance manager, as well as with other colleagues (clinical nurse specialists and MDT Lead Clinicians), supports and advises on the implementation of the national cancer measures across the Trust and contributes to regional cancer service delivery planning

Provides strategic leadership for PCS initiatives in partnership with a range of healthcare services and external agencies within and external to the Trust and provides strategic oversight for the effective operation of the Macmillan Wellbeing Centre.

Acts as the patient experience lead for cancer services and leads on the patient/public involvement strategy for cancer patients ensuring that cancer patients /users views are included in the decision-making process for service developments. Ensures that cancer patent/users views are captured in line with the annual national cancer patient survey.

Develops and monitors cancer nursing standards within the Trust in line with national cancer service measures and guidelines

Works with the Cancer Services Manager and the Cancer Performance Manager to co-ordinate the preparation for peer reviews (QSIS) involving self-assessment against the national measures. Ensures implementation of any resulting action plans for continuous quality improvement

Works with the site specific clinical nurse specialists to develop, implement and review nurse led services at the Trust

Engages with the ICB and SWAG Cancer Alliance to identify and cost levels of service provision required for the effective delivery of cancer care at NBT in the future

Clinical Effectiveness and Professional Accountability

The Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Cancer Services:

Maintains an up to date specialist knowledge and accurate overview of current advances in the practice of cancer care and palliative care

Ensures their own ongoing professional development

Leads specialist clinical practice and service development within own area of expertise, acting as a resource to others, in particular in Divisional Directors of Nursing.

Advises the Chief Nursing Officer on all matters relating to the safe delivery of nursing within cancer and palliative care

Encourages a philosophy of continuous professional development amongst colleagues, leading by example

Represents the Trust to ensure effective communication with nurses and therapists across the region

Encourages a research ethos amongst cancer nurses In the Trust working with research and development


The Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Cancer Services:

Provides professional leadership and support for the Cancer and Palliative Care Clinical Nurses Specialists and Macmillan Wellbeing Centre and PCS team in close collaboration with Divisional Heads of Nursing/Service Managers

With the Divisional Heads of Nursing/Service Managers, ensures recruitment of cancer nurses is reflected appropriately across the Trust.

Undertakes corporate nursing projects across the Trust as required

Is responsible for leading on and contributing to the business cases and other bids for developing services in relation to cancer workforce, to include succession planning ensuring effective recruitment reflects the right people/right skills approach

Undertakes cancer performance target monitoring, works strategically with the Cancer Services Manager to meet Trust performance management targets, commissioning and government requirements. Ensures the nursing contribution to the Trusts cancer performance management targets

Oversees and manages budgets relating to a range of cancer related services and projects

Conducts service reviews as required

Develops and co-ordinates a Trust wide approach to ensure equal access to cancer care for patients for all cultural backgrounds


The Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Cancer Services:

Leads the cancer education program for the Trust, ensuring core skills are delivered to a high standard and accessible to all, facilitating courses where appropriate

Has a comprehensive knowledge of the cancer nurse career pathway and the responsibilities associated with each role to enable assessment of nursing workforce demands and training needs and so be able to develop an education strategy that feeds into the Trusts Nursing, Midwifery and AHP strategy.

Provides specialist advice on the development and procurement of specialist training programmes delivered by the Trusts education providers

Ensures robust links are made with higher education organisations (UWE as an example)

Develops and education strategy in collaboration with Lead Nurses across the region

Liaises with a range of external partners e.g. Macmillan Cancer Support and Penny Brohn to provide education and development opportunities for the nursing workforce

Person Specification



  • Education/Training/Qualifications
  • Work Experience
  • Knowledge/Skills/Abilities


  • Qualification in Leadership

Employer details

Employer name

North Bristol NHS Trust



Southmead Road


BS10 5NB

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