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Lead Nurse for Targeted Lung Health programme

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Are you a compassionate and experienced nurse looking for a fulfilling role in the hospital and healthcare industry? We are seeking a Lead Nurse for our Targeted Lung Health programme to join our dedicated team and make a difference in the lives of our patients.

In this role, you will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating the delivery of care to patients with lung health issues.

You will facilitate the clinical flow of the Targeted Lung Health Check (TLHC) lung screening participants that have an abnormality reported on their CT scan and support the delivery of the national optimal lung cancer pathway within Devon, both for screening identified patients and those referred via conventional routes.

We are looking for a team player who is passionate about respiratory health and has strong leadership skills. The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a nursing role, preferably in a hospital setting and should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work under pressure and make critical decisions.

This is a 37.5 hours per week fixed term 12 month or secondment opportunity to join our service in the Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists service (covering both the Lung CNS team and Screening program team), helping to provide a service for the care of and ongoing management of patients with Thoracic malignancy.

Main duties of the job

Acts as lead nurse, role model and liaison nurse for all aspects of targeted lung health checks in Torbay

Lead the development of standards of practice taking into consideration evidence based practice, education, training and audit.

Leads and develops standards of care and Trust wide strategies for the delivery of the targeted lung health checks and management of patients in the pathway.

Identifies and develops policies and protocols to support staff in achieving Trust standards and goals. Working with the targeted lung health lead consultant, leads and develops policies and processes across the Trust in relation to delivery of targeted lung health checks. To comply with the Trust's values and expected behaviours

Represent the Trust through attendance and involvement in local and wider Multi-disciplinary Team meetings /SRM meetings with colleagues from both primary and secondary care.

Advocates for patients referred via the Targeted Lung Health programme at the Lung SRM and MDT and ensure further management and referrals are made and communicated with patients and GPs

Participate in Local, Regional and National meetings regarding Targeted Lung health

About us

Why work with us?

This role is crucial to the program as the Lead Nurse will contribute in preparing the SRM by documenting past medical history or scans are well documented and where applicable, contact patients for further referrals or investigations.

You will collaborate with the Respiratory Team, Lead Clinician, and Radiologists to create efficient pathways for patients, reducing the workload on secondary and primary care teams.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Ensures the privacy, dignity and confidentiality is maintained in all aspects and levels of communication especially pertaining to patients, carers and staff.

Demonstrates a sensitive and empathetic communication style to build trusting relationships, ensuring patients are fully informed and consent to treatment.

Facilitates communication between patients, their relatives and the multi-professional team both within the organisation and with external stakeholders that results in clear responsibilities being identified and ensures that care is delivered both effectively and efficiently.

Actively involves patients, their relatives and carers in their treatment and self management.

Communicates highly sensitive/difficult information and subsequently supports patients, relatives, carers and colleagues as appropriate. Imparts distressing news to patient/relatives in considerate and professional manner.

Communicates proactively with all staff on the clinical condition and treatment/discharge plans of patients and ensures accurate records are maintained by self and all other staff.

To act with professionalism and integrity being a role model to those around us and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity.

To provide a service that is tailored to meet the needs of the individual and to understand what our patients/customers need and be adaptable and responsive

To be honest and learn from mistakes and help create a no blame culture were people feel able to share and learn

To work as part of a team demonstrating effective communication, and work collaboratively with colleagues inside and outside of the department

Acknowledge that you need to continually deliver greater value to customers

Be honest about your biggest challenges and create a culture of curiosity and openness

Help to develop and foster a learning environment where feedback is welcomed and valued

To assist the nurse lead with interviews and selection of nursing staff as required and build and maintain a skilled, cohesive supportive and effective team

To work within infection control guidelines to ensure that work methods do not constitute a risk of infection either to the healthcare professional persons visiting /working at the Trust
  • Furthermore, you will work within the Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist (CNS) team gaining valuable skills and experience. You will workclosely with key stakeholders this role will be central to the delivery and successful implementation of the screening program and the optimal pathway.
  • You will have clinical oversight of patients on the screening pathway and be responsible for facilitating onward referrals as recommended at the Screening Review Meeting (SRM) the role will be supported by a TLHC Navigator and the Responsible Assessor/Lead nurse for the programme.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse Adult
  • Current registration with NMC
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Proven experience at Band 5
  • BSc Hons Healthcare/nursing or willingness to undertake
  • Relevant Nursing experience, and Audit or research experience


  • Post Registration qualification/training supplementary qualifications to Degree level
  • Teaching or mentorship qualification
  • Leadership Course attendance/qualification
  • Previous Respiratory Nursing experience
  • Qualification in advanced communication skills

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Torbay Hospital

Heart and Lung Unit, Torbay Hospital



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