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Cancer Education Lead

Band 8a

Main area
Band 8a
Fixed Term - 12 months (Secondment)
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£42,414 to £49,969
21/03/2019 23:59

Here at Southend University Hospital we strive to provide high quality care for every patient, every time.

We would be nothing without our staff. So it goes without saying that when it comes to recruiting new team members, we're looking for the best. We encourage staff to be innovative, to challenge the "as is" and to always put patients first.

We want staff who will live our trust values every day.

Care with compassion, Working together, Professional and accountable

This is an exciting time to join us. The three NHS trusts that currently run Broomfield, Southend and Basildon hospitals are planning to become a new single NHS organisation by mid-2019.

 All three hospitals will continue to provide the services our patients use the most. These include outpatient appointments, children’s services and day-case surgery.  All three hospitals will continue to provide 24/7 A&E and maternity services.

By working as one team we will provide the same high standard of care and services for all of our 1.2m local residents. Using the same equipment, processes and IT systems means services will run more smoothly.  Single leadership, standards and new structures will speed up decision making.  Combined corporate services will reduce duplication and cut running costs. This means more money for front-line services and faster improvements.


Attracting new talent is key to our future and the scale of our organisation will give far  more career, training and development opportunities for all our staff.




The Cancer Education Lead will be expected to carry out a gap analysis of current education needs across Mid Essex, Southend and Basildon hospitals within the Cancer Nursing workforce.

Within the role the aim will be to standardise cancer nursing competencies for the ward staff that care predominantly for cancer patients.  In conjunction with Associate Director of Nursing for cancer and Trust Lead Cancer nurses develop a developmental programme for new and associate Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs).  Review and standardise competencies and level of advanced practice for Cancer CNSs.

With Cancer leads – work to develop cancer career pathway for nursing within MSB.

The role will work alongside clinical staff one day a week as a Cancer Practice Development post, to increase learning and knowledge on the front line.

The role will help support the implementation and extension of the Oncology rotation programme across the three hospital sites.

Working at a strategic level the post will engage and work with Heads of Dept. and School Deans of Higher Education Institutes (HEI), locally and nationally.

Scope cancer and palliative care education programmes that are available locally/nationally to develop a reference portfolio for staff and their managers. 

Work in collaboration with Senior Cancer Clinicians to develop strategies for Cancer Nursing across the Division to develop a robust education service at the Cancer Centre and reflect the education of a leading Cancer centre. 

Support the delivery of an ongoing cancer education programme and support further development.

To develop alongside Trust education teams a programme that enables staff to achieve their full potential and clinical effectiveness with the aim of continually striving to improve the patient experience – based on outcome of training needs analysis.

Be education lead for advanced communication courses for all healthcare professionals within cancer care.

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Emma Chaplin

Associate Director of Nursing for Cancer