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Clinical Nurse Specialist in Colorectal Cancer

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum, including high cost area
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will play a key role in developing nursing expertise in Colorectal Cancer to improve experience of local population with Colorectal cancer care.
  • To work as an expert Colorectal cancer nurse within cancer Multi-Disciplinary Team liaising with both core and extended members
  • To manage a caseload of patients/clients effectively in accordance with agreed National and South East London Cancer Alliance (SELCA) guidance, protocols and pathways of care
  • To ensure that patients and their families are fully informed and supported by providing clinical, emotional, psychological and social assessment and support in accordance with Personalised Care Standards
  • To assist in the development of evidence based clinical nursing practice in line with current research and guidelines
  • To establish clear lines of communication within the specialty team to ensure cohesive multidisciplinary management of patients
  • To be an integral part of established cancer team and specialist MDM, maintaining excellent communication to support coordinated care between sites
  • To be an integral part of the established CNS Team and be willing to work closely with and provide support for all Colorectal CNS services if needed: (Early Polyp service, TAC 2WW Service and ERAS).
  • To be act as a patient advocate at cancer MDM
  • To link with healthcare teams in order to increase knowledge and facilitate the care of this group of people in the community

Main duties of the job

  • Fully comply with the trust Cancer CNS Standard Operational Policy
  • To provide specialist nursing advice, clinical assessment and support to patients, their families and other healthcare professionals following diagnosis and through treatment and where applicable onward referral for end of life care.
  • To ensure continuity of a high standard of evidence based nursing care

This can include:
  • Autonomous management of cancer patients caseload
  • Initiating investigations and reviewing results
  • Demonstrate sound knowledge of cancer and its treatment in relation to people living with and beyond cancer
  • Symptom management for the consequences of cancer and its treatment
  • Develop practice to be able to deliver nurse led clinics supporting cancer patients care and needs
  • Assessing and meeting patient's on going care and health and wellbeing needs and develop a care plan and action referrals as a result
  • Identify high-risk individuals and groups offering personalised care according to their individual needs
  • Working with the CNS team to deliver end of treatment summaries and stratified follow up to improve quality of life for people living with and beyond cancer

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Ensuring clear documentation of all significant consultations in accordance with Best Records Keeping Guidance
  • To be actively involved in in-patient care, liaising with ward staff to ensure high quality nursing care
  • Act as a key worker for patient cancer care related queries ensuring that patients have an expert advice on their condition and treatment
  • To ensure there is CNS support at all significant consultations (new diagnosis, post-operative histology, recurrence)
  • Ensure all patients receive appropriate follow-up and that relevant information is available to enable patients and family to make an informed choice about their treatment and care
  • Take responsibility for delivery of Personalised Care Key Performance Indicators (KPI`s) following the trust Personalised Care Guidance for delivery and submission of the data (Personalise care link: London personalised care KPI`s link: )
  • Regularly attending MDT meetings and act as patient advocate, increasing visibility of a patient to the cancer team based on the individualised needs assessment
  • To participate in the identification and development of clinical protocols and strategies to enhance both the continuity and standard of specialist care whilst ensuring equity of access to the service
  • To participate in the process of operational policies and review annually in accordance with national standards
  • To ensure all care is given in accordance with agreed protocols
  • To actively involve service users in providing feedback (Kings Cancer Patients Real Time Survey) of their experience of the current service and suggestions for improvements
  • Take active part in analysing NCPES report and developing action plan with the MDM using quality improvement methodology
  • To participate in relevant forum at Care Group, Trust, PCT, Cancer Network or National/International level to represent the service perspective
  • To forge effective links within primary, secondary and tertiary care to ensure effective communication
  • To contribute actively to any relevant initiatives within the care group and provide support to colleagues and Heads of Nursing
  • To contribute positively to the leadership of nursing within the care group acting as an effective role model
  • To comply with measures to actively manage and reduce risk to patients. Ensure the formal reporting and recording of adverse incidents in line with Trust policy
  • Network with the team of Clinical Nurse Specialists within the Trust to evaluate, develop and promote the specialist nursing role. Ensure representation at the monthly cancer CNSs Forum
  • To ensure the best use of available resources are used within agreed budget to provide a cost effective service
  • Ensure compliance with the Trust's Equality and Diversity Policy, supporting the delivery of the Trusts Race Equality Scheme and the Trust's duty to promote race equality and equality of opportunity for disabled people ensuring services are responsive to the needs of equality groups
  • Comply with measures in the Service Quality Standards and appropriate NICE/ IOG guidance, ensuring transparent delivery of service
  • To participate with the yearly Quality Assessment process, liaising with Trust cancer management team and lead on the implementation of recommendations from review.

Person Specification

Person spec


  • NMC Level 1 Registered Nurse
  • Educated to Degree level or above or relevant clinical experience
  • Relevant post-registration qualification and evidence of professional development
  • Extensive clinical experience pertinent to cancer care, oncology and/or Colorectal Cancer
  • Experience of managing caseload of patients
  • Experience to work independently and as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Experience of data collection for audits, analysing data and delivering presentations
  • To have demonstrable experience of service development


  • Breaking Bad News Training
  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Level 2 psychological skills

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Princess Royal University Hospital

Farnborough Common



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