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Breast Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum, inc HCA
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for an experienced nurse to provide maternity leave cover for a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Breast Cancer Care. We work within a friendly multi professional team at King's College Hospital . As a breast care nurse you will be supporting patients from diagnosis, throughout both surgical and oncological treatment modalities through to survivorship. You will offer patients information, education, and psychological support. You will act as an autonomous practitioner in nurse led surgical, health and wellbeing, and stratified follow up clinics.

You will need to display expert communication skills, and offer care in a kind and compassionate manner. You will need to have cared for breast cancer patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. You will have the ability to demonstrate your knowledge of breast cancer, its treatments and side effects.

The post will offer you the support of a patient focused team in which you will be encouraged to develop your knowledge and skills. You will have the opportunity to work alongside other colleagues in facilitating our nurse led patient support group.

Main duties of the job

  • To further develop the breast cancer service (including optimizing patient pathways, improving the patient experience, developing proactive support models for patients).
  • To assist in the facilitation of the ongoing breast cancer support groups
  • To independently manage a caseload of patients/clients.
  • To ensure that patients and their families are fully informed and supported by providing clinical and social support.
  • To lead the development of evidence based clinical nursing practice in line with current research and guidelines.
  • To establish clear lines of communication with primary healthcare teams in order to increase knowledge and facilitate the care of this group of people in the community.
  • To work with the other members of the breast care nursing team, and to provide cross cover when required.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching hospitals with a turnover of nearly �1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 12,600 staff based across 5 main sites in South East London and Kent

The Trust provides a full range of local hospital services across its different sites, and specialist services from King's College Hospital (KCH) site in Camberwell and the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) site in Bromley, Orpington Hospital, and some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary's Sidcup.

The Trust is recognised internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, fetal medicine, stroke, major trauma, and Emergency Department.

Ongoing research is integral to our everyday practice here at King's College Hospital and you will be supporting patients that are recruited into clinical trials. We offer educational opportunities though our established links with King's College London and The Royal Marsden

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Practice
  • To provide and manage an expert specialist nursing service for people with specialist needs
  • To provide expert nursing advice and support to patients, their families and other healthcare professionals following diagnosis and through treatment
  • To ensure continuity of a high standard of evidence based nursing care, assessing health, health related and nursing needs of patients, their families and other carers by identifying and initiating appropriate steps for effective care. This can include:
    • Managing a patient caseload
    • Ordering diagnostic tests
    • Making and receiving referrals
    • Admitting and discharging patients for specified conditions and within agreed protocols
    • Running clinics
    • Prescribing medicines and treatments
  • To accept responsibility for own patient caseload, ensuring all patients have an accurate plan of care, which reflects the assessment undertaken and incorporates the issues and recommendations made ensuring clear documentation in the patients record and hand held records
  • To be actively involved in inpatient care, liaising with ward staff to ensure high quality nursing care
  • Where appropriate to lead nurse led outpatient services ensuring nurse consultation with all newly diagnosed patients
  • To follow-up patients as appropriate and ensure all relevant information is available to enable patients to make an informed choice about their treatment.
  • To co-ordinate a seamless service through the development of enhanced Multidisciplinary team (MDT) processes and communication.
  • To lead 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 ensure operational policies are reviewed annually in accordance with national standards
  • To ensure all care is given in accordance with agreed protocols.
  • To liaise with the ward staff to ensure appropriate and timely discharge/follow-up arrangement in place for patients.
  • To identify, implement and maintain a suitable mechanism for MDT referrals to the Clinical Nurse Specialists.
  • To work with the MDT to develop, implement and evaluate integrated care pathways and systems of MDT documentation.
  • To liaise with local community, social services, paramedics and voluntary organisations in order to develop existing services for clients, carers and health professional.
  • To actively involve service users in providing feedback of their experience of the current service and suggestions for improvements.
  • To lead on the development of appropriate patient group directive to facilitate/enhance the discharge process.
  • To participate in relevant fora at Divisional, Trust or PCG/PCT or National/International Level to represent the service perspective.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • NMC Level 1 or Level 15 Registered Nurse
  • A clinical expert either through formal qualification (Degree/Masters) and/or extensive clinical experience pertinent to the area.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Ability to impart complex information to patients, relatives and carers, with different levels of understanding.
  • Strong leadership skills
  • To have proven experience of service development
  • Experience of running research and audit programmes

Skills and Competencies


  • Experience of delivering presentations
  • Advanced clinical assessment skills or willingness to develop these


  • Project management skills

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Kings College Hospital

Denmark Hill



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