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Clinical Nurse Specialist for Neuro-oncology

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Part time, band 6 Neuro- Oncology CNS to work alongside the Band 7 Neuro- Oncology CNS.

The role of the neuro-oncology surgery CNS is to guide and support patients through the initial part of their oncology diagnosis, through surgical interventions and beyond. The CNS's are instrumental to the organisation of the neuro-oncology service, ensuring that the appropriate patients are referred in to the neuro-oncology MDT, and then followed up within the service so patients receive an holistic approach.

We manage a caseload of complex patients, provide education, support and clinical advice for patients, their families and the MDT to facilitate the plan of care. We utilise advanced specialist skills and extensive knowledge base to undertake specialist assessments via patient centred approach.

Experience of managing neurosurgical patients with complex needs and discharge planning would be beneficial.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated, individual with excellent communication skills, effective teamworking and a passion for service development and improvement to join our team.

Main duties of the job

To be a skilled practitioner providing clinical care using an extensive theoretical knowledge base and practical experience to underpin the role, while acting as a role model for the delivery of care.

First point of contact (as Key Worker) via telephone and email for patients, families/carers and clinicians.

Triage and scrutiny of referrals to the neuro-oncology MDT including advising and liaising with referring teams to get correct information

Working with the neurosurgical and wider team to ensure patients are seen in a timely fashion, including presence in clinic appointments

Supporting and organising admission to hospital for patients requiring biopsy/resection of their brain tumour

Giving histology results and breaking bad news to patients and families

Supporting patients throughout their whole journey, including answering questions and sign posting

Liaising with other members of the MDT, including Velindre Cancer Centre, Singleton Cancer Centre, Acute Oncology Service, and community teams

Referring to Oncology for adjuvant treatment following surgery

Service improvement and audit

Organisation to ensure that the service runs smoothly, and patients are kept informed throughout their journey

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this role Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 17,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving over 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services. Together we are committed to improving health outcomes for everyone, delivering excellent care and support.

Our mission is Living Well, Caring Well, Working Together, and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. Our 10-year transformation and improvement strategy, Shaping Our Future Wellbeing, is our chance to work collaboratively with the public and our workforce to make our health board more sustainable for the future.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac

Person Specification



  • First Level Nurse Registration
  • Degree supplemented by diploma level specialist training and short courses
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD


  • Independent prescribing Teaching and assessing in clinical practice/Teaching qualification



  • Demonstrable experience in relevant speciality
  • Significant post registration experience


  • Experience of managing own caseload in relevant speciality



  • Evidence of excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Demonstrate sound IT skills Evidence of managing self development
  • Evidence of ability to work independently
  • Demonstrate ability to influence within and outside of service, across multi / inter disciplinary groups.


  • Involvement in audit and research
  • Evidence of presenting work within and outside the organisation

Special Knowledge


  • Evidence of specific knowledge and skills in speciality

Personal Qualities


  • Evidence of ability to motivate, influence change, support staff and evaluate services
  • Evidence of professional and personal development


  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


University Hospital of Wales


CF14 4XW

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