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Lead Cancer Manager

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Ashton under Lyne
£58,972 to £68,525 pro rata per annum
Closing date
29 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Lead Cancer Manager - 37.5 hours - Permanent

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Cancer Services Team at Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust as Lead Cancer Manager. We are currently seeking a motivated and dynamic individual to lead the Cancer Services Team.

The post will provide the successful applicant with the opportunity to gain experience in a wide variety of both performance and operational issues. The successful applicant will have experience of working with multi-disciplinary healthcare teams, as well as system partners. excellent communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to meet targets and deadlines, a strong aptitude for change and high level resilience.

Main duties of the job

You will need excellent organisational skills to co-ordinate the delivery of a comprehensive, high quality service for our patients. The successful applicant will manage information in relation to the patient pathways, ensuring cancer targets (both statutory and local) are consistently achieved and maintained working with the senior management team to support service improvement and development projects both within the Cancer Services department and with the broader speciality operational and clinical teams.

The post holder will need experience of working well with system partners and agencies to ensure that our cancer pathways are delivered in line with best practice.

A key objective for this post is to ensure the delivery of the very best care and experience to our patients through the effective operational performance management of all Cancer Services.

This is a demanding yet rewarding position that will be suited to a highly motivated, solution focussed and flexible manager.

We hope you will consider applying for a role with us, and we look forward to meeting candidates whose ambitions and values support ours.

About us

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust serves a community of 250,000 people across Tameside & Glossop. We provide a range of services both within the hospital and across our community for both adults and children.Our vision is to improve health outcomes for our population and influence wider determinants of health through collaboration with our health & care partners.

We have a clear set of values & behaviours which we expect all of our staff to demonstrate:
  • Safety
  • Care
  • Respect
  • Communication
  • Learning

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian & minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+& Disabled people.

Benefits include flexible working, 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays, sick pay, NHS Pension Scheme, free eye tests and health checks, gym discount, free bicycle loan scheme, salary sacrifice car scheme, support with stress, bereavement, relationships, finance, and much more.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Provide professional cancer leadership and guidance for all staff, ensuring appropriate structures are in place to support the cancer pathways.

Provide professional and operational advice and guidance at a senior level to the Directorate management teams, including support and diagnostic services with regards to the cancer agenda.

Provide dynamic leadership for change and service improvement within all areas of cancer.

Working with the Directorate management teams taking responsibility for the delivery for of all national cancer waiting times standards.

Working in partnership with peers and senior operational and clinical managers, provide advice and intervention to specific cancer projects.

Lead and implement designated work streams and projects as and when required.

Provide effective input into the development of the Trusts cancer strategy.

Support the Lead Cancer Clinician and Lead Cancer Nurse Manager in identifying drivers for change and opportunities for growing, improving, and redesigning cancer services.

With the Quality and Governance Team and Divisional Governance Leads, drive the cancer quality and safety agenda.

Liaise closely with the Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance and the Lead GM Cancer Managers to implement the Cancer Reform Strategy, the NHS Cancer Plan and Cancer Survivorship initiatives.

Act as a key link to the Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance, Clinical Commissioning Groups, and other significant stakeholders in delivering cancer services. Report back to a number of organisational forums including the Trusts Cancer Board and to key individuals including the Trusts Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Integrated Governance Leads, Lead Cancer Clinician, Lead Cancer Nurse, and Chief Operating Officer.

Establish and develop effective multi-disciplinary relationships within the organisation and with outside organisations. Participate in regional and national meetings as appropriate.

Maintain an up-to-date understanding of developments and changes in national policy and guidance that relate to all aspects of cancer pathways and ensure that senior Directorate Managers are kept up-to-date and informed of the likely impact on services.

Develop and produce, and support compliance with, policies, procedures, and clinical guidelines.

Prepare, communicate and present in a variety of formats (written, verbal and formal presentations) highly complex and, at times, sensitive information. This will include to the Trust Cancer Board and Executive Management Teams and include a wide range of cancer issues relating to performance, quality, and patient experience.

Act at all times in a professional manner, exhibiting the Trusts values and behaviours, modelling the way for others and leading by example.

Establish links with external agencies to ensure the continued development of new ways of working and collaboration on key tasks within the health economy.


To provide leadership and line management to the Cancer Services management team including the Cancer Performance Manager, Cancer Support Managers, and Cancer Data Manager. The Cancer Services management team provides line management for the Cancer MDT Coordinator team, Cancer Pathway Navigators, Cancer Care Coordinators, and Cancer Data team.

Work alongside the Lead Cancer Clinician and Lead Cancer Nurse to provide support to the tumour- site lead clinicians and directorate managers to ensure effective delivery of agreed pathways and procedures between services and organisations, to facilitate achievement of national standards, and high- quality clinical services.

Contribute to the Trusts strategic direction and approach in all aspects of operational management and use knowledge of organisational priorities to inform decisions about the running of cancer services.

Facilitate and drive change across cancer services in conjunction with directorate- management- team colleagues and service- improvement managers.

Implement identified changes using service change methodology, persuasion, and negotiating skills where required.

Ensure that clinical and non-clinical staff understand the national cancer standards and when required use the necessary communication skills to check the understanding, monitoring and delivery of those targets.

Present highly-complex sensitive information when significant barriers to acceptance exist.

The postholder needs advanced keyboard skills and needs to be expert in the use of tools such as MS Word and Excel (for example). The postholder will spend significant time working at a desk whilst using a PC.

Ensure that robust data collection mechanisms and appropriate quality and validation procedures are used within cancer services so that cancer information is collected in line with local and national requirements.

Take financial responsibility for budgets for the various staff groups within the Lead Cancer Managers remit (i.e. Cancer MDT and Cancer Data budgets).

Focus on continuous improvement of the services financial position and delivery of performance and quality targets to ensure that the service line position is continually strengthened.

Represent, as needed, the Trust with regards to all aspects of the cancer agenda and act at all times with maturity and sensitivity towards the organisational priorities.

Lead team briefings and department meetings as required.


Ensure systems are in place to promote the continuous development of staff within the Cancer Services Team, encouraging them to be innovative and challenging in the best interests of the service.

Provide leadership to the Cancer Services management team ensuring that all staff within the Cancer Services Team have an annual appraisal and personal development plan, and being cognisant of talent management and succession planning.

Take part in any disciplinary/capability/performance hearings, and chair panels as required.

Ensure that the issues of equality and diversity are positively progressed, resulting in an environment free from discrimination.

Work closely with HR to ensure the timely recruitment, and retention of staff.


Provide leadership to all members of the Cancer Services Team.

Demonstrate exemplary leadership qualities which are consistent with the Trusts vision, values and behavioural expectations.

Interpret national and regional policy for cancer and, working with the Director of IM& T, Chief Operating Officer, Lead Cancer Clinician and Lead Cancer Nurse, ensure its implementation across the organisation.

Remain engaged and up to date with benchmarking data available and support divisional teams to assess this for opportunities to improve clinical cancer pathways.

Ensure probity is maintained at all times.

Perform role and responsibilities with due regard to all Trust procedural and policy documentation.

Ensure that the Trusts financial instructions are understood and discharged competently, both personally and by responsible staff.

The postholders role requires a combination of sitting, standing, and walking. Significant concentration is required, particularly when producing reports for meetings (including Trust Board), and complex analysis of cancer pathway data.


Communication and Working Relationships

Internal: Executive Directors, Non-Executive Directors, Divisional and Corporate Directors, Lead Clinicians, heads of department, senior managers, senior clinicians, Divisional Governance Leads and support teams, Quality and Governance Unit personnel, Human Resources, Matrons, department/ team managers, senior nurses, community leads, Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists, Lead Cancer Clinician, and Lead Cancer Nurse.

External: Other healthcare providers, regulatory bodies, GM Cancer, Macmillan, Willow Wood Hospice, patients and relatives, commissioners, other care providers.

Person Specification



  • Educated to master's level, equivalent or study in progress


  • Management qualification



  • Significant demonstrable operational experience in a senior management position
  • Experience of working in an acute hospital environment in a leadership role.
  • Track record of achieving service targets
  • Evidence of effective management of a complex and diverse workforce
  • Experience of leading and managing substantial change. with evidence of strategic negotiation, and communication


  • Experience of working in an on- call capacity autonomously
  • Experience of working in a leadership role in Cancer Services

Skills and Knowledge


  • Evidence of master's level analytical thinking
  • Demonstrable understanding of current NHS agenda, challenges, and developments
  • Knowledge of NHS legislation, statutory and legal requirements, corporate governance and risk
  • Knowledge of quality improvement tools and methodology including implementation of quality frameworks
  • Established and authentic leadership abilities, able to provide leadership and empower staff at all levels


  • Experience of involving patients, families, local communities, service users, and staff in shaping plans and delivering service improvements.
  • Skills in process re-design
  • Knowledge of contracting and tendering processes

Employer details

Employer name

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Tameside & Glossop integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Fountain Street

Ashton under Lyne


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