Nursing - Clinical Nurse Specialist for Head & Neck Cancer Services

  • Department Specialist Nurses - Head & Neck
  • Salary £40,057.00 – £45,839 per annum
  • Closing Date 19/01/2022
  • Location The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 7
  • Job ref 223-CNS-1022
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Permanent: Cross site working
  • Hours Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated Nurse to join our team of Clinical Nurse Specialists in Head and Neck at The Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust. Previous experience in Head and Neck Speciality or within services supporting patients through a cancer care pathway is necessary as you will be required to provide specialist nursing care, support, and information to meet patient’s individual needs.

You will also have a passion for being able to make a difference for patients who are going through a life changing and in some cases life-limiting diagnosis and treatment.

You will be expected to develop and demonstrate a high level of autonomy, excellent communication skills with the confidence of breaking bad news, have high clinical standards and the ability to work proactively within a busy multi-disciplinary team.


Main duties of the job

Demonstrates highly specialist Head & Neck knowledge across the range of hospital/community environments that is underpinned by evidence based research and practical experience
 Act as a source for highly specialist Head & Neck care and advice as required
To develop and implement an appropriate care pathway in conjunction with the individual patient, their carers and other professionals involved with their care/treatment
Organise and attend the Head & Neck cancer support group
 To provide a holistic approach to caring for patients with Head & Neck cancer conditions and for those closest to them. Offer emotional, psychological, practical support and symptom control throughout the individual’s journey within the multidisciplinary team framework, acting as their key worker
 Attendance and active contribution in the multidisciplinary team meetings, acting as the patients advocate, where treatment options are discussed
 Demonstrate a high level of interpersonal communication skills whilst delivering highly sensitive and complex information in newly diagnosed cancer patients or those found to have recurrent disease 
who may be in a highly emotive state
Provide highly specialist information and explanation of diagnosis, prognosis, treatment options and clinical intervention for patients, families /carers. This is to include information in various forms, verbal, written and / or audio-visual information as necessary


Working for our organisation

You will need to be a clinical role model and have a willingness to develop & lead the CNS team as well as your own professional growth and will need to be capable of working well within an existing established team.

This is a full-time position, and the successful candidate must be flexible in their working hours to cover the needs of the service and the candidate will also be required to travel and work across our 2 sites.

The Government has formally announced that it intends to introduce regulations that will require any individuals employed by the NHS where their role involves patient contact, to be fully vaccinated (1st and 2nd dose) against COVID-19 by 1st April 2022.  To achieve this the successful applicant must have had their 1st COVID-19 vaccination by 3rd February 2022. Therefore, full COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an individual is medically exempt. We will ask for proof of vaccination during the recruitment process.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full duties and responsibilities please refer to the attached document entitled Job Description.

The well-being of our staff is of the upmost importance to us.  If you are offered a role at our Trust, and fall into the increased and higher risk categories as set out by Public Health England (PHE) and NHSI/E, your line manager will complete an risk assessment with you.  This will be completed in conjunction with the latest guidance from Public Health England in relation to Covid-19.

By submitting your application to Trac, you are giving your consent for parts of your application data to be transferred to the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and other secure, internal NHS Workforce systems. This is to support and manage your recruitment and employment within your employing organisation. 

If successful, by completing the NHS Jobs application form you authorise the Trust to obtain any previous NHS service details including all electronically held sickness information, via the Inter Authority Transfer process on the national ESR.

If the role requires a qualification/professional registration, you will need to provide proof during the recruitment process. By submitting your application you are giving the Trust permission to check the qualification certificates provided back to the source provider. Please note that a sample of all applicant’s qualifications will be checked with the educational institution or provider.

In the event of a high response to this advertisement, this post will be closed. Early applications are advised.
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs or keep them on file. If you are unable to apply online please contact the person named in the advertisement for the post you are interested in.
We are committed to offering an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the above position and will support reasonable adjustments wherever possible.  In addition, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from candidates who are male, from black and minority ethnic backgrounds or who have a disability, as these are currently under-represented in our workforce.
We are committed to equal opportunities in employment. The policies and practices of the Trust aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly, flexibly and with dignity and respect.

Thank you for your interest in The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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