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.