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Breast Cancer Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Band 8a

Main area
Nursing and Midwifery
Grade
Band 8a
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
430-MED532A
Site
Cancer centre
Town
Milton Keynes
Salary
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
06/06/2022 23:59

You can expect a warm welcome at Milton Keynes University Hospital, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours.  At MKUH we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Free on-site parking
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Great flexible working opportunities
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Lease car scheme
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme
  • On site nursery (chargeable)
  • Extensive staff health and well-being programme

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital; we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

 

Job overview

Breast Cancer Advanced Clinical Practitioner -  Cancer centre

Band  8a

Hours: 37.5 per week, all MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a band 8a Breast cancer ACP to lead the breast cancer nursing team at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust across, providing service development and independent nurse-led services.

Due to the growing demand on Breast Services a new Breast Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) post has been created. We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated Breast ACP who has the skills to work independently, the successful candidate will use their knowledge and skills to provide expert, efficient and safe patient care whilst under supervision of a Consultant. They will demonstrate clinical judgement and critical decision-making skills based upon evidence-based practice, and work collaboratively with the Breast Clinical Specialist Team. They will demonstrate expert knowledge and understanding of breast cancer, benign breast diseases and associated treatments.

We firmly believe in holistic care, with a newly established wellbeing team to enhance the recovery package for patients living with and beyond cancer. We have Citizen Advice Bureau onsite and offer a wide range of carers and patient support groups.

Opportunities to develop both clinical & managerial skills & for further study.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will lead the Breast Nursing team within the current senior structure, collaborating to ensure the provision of high quality, visible, professional leadership, setting and maintaining standards of clinical excellence, improving outcomes and experiences for patients, families and carers within the service.

The post holder will closely work on service development and governance to ensure the service maintains high national and peer review standards, they will need strong leadership and management experience to support the team development.

 

Working for our organisation

You can expect a warm welcome at Milton Keynes University Hospital, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At MKUH we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Free on-site parking
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Great flexible working opportunities
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Lease car scheme
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme
  • On site nursery (chargeable)
  • Extensive staff health and well-being programme

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital; we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all work undertaken and to practice at an advanced level of professional autonomy and accountability that is within national breast cancer guidelines, MKUH Trust policies and NMC Codes of Conduct.
  • To deliver evidence-based expert nursing care exercising a high degree of professional autonomy, demonstrating ability to make sound decisions based on knowledge and experience.
  • To lead on the implementation and delivery of the faster diagnostic pathway.
  • Through strong clinical leadership, support the Lead Cancer Nurse to promote excellence in nursing to maintain and improve clinical standards, in particular displaying the ability to be intellectually flexible and to look beyond existing structures, ways of working, boundaries and organisations to produce more effective and innovative service delivery and partnerships

 Please refer to the Job Description for further details. 

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • First level registered Nurse (or relevant professional registration)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in nursing, health or management related studies.
  • A Masters level qualification in progress or equivalent experience
  • Substantial years at band 7 (at least 3 in area of speciality/ cancer
Desirable criteria
  • Certificated Speciality courses
  • Advanced assessment skills course.
  • Independent Prescribing course

Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of speciality with a wide range of approaches to the management of patients, demonstrated by advanced clinical reasoning and to be able to comprehensively assess patients for risk factors and early signs of illness.
  • Ability to draw on a diverse range of knowledge in their decision making to determine evidence based therapeutic interventions (which will usually include prescribing medication and actively monitoring the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions).
  • Ability to critically appraise and synthesise the outcomes of relevant research evaluations and audits.
  • Awareness of changing trends in breast cancer management
  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of the breast system
  • Robust understanding of all aspects of Clinical Governance including previous experience of quality issues, audit and risk management.
Desirable criteria
  • Basic knowledge of recent NHS legislation and infection control.
  • Formal teaching skills (both medical and nursing students)

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to lead within the nursing profession and multi-professional working; within an organisation and across organisation boundaries, being able to identify and implement systems to promote their contribution and demonstrate the impact of advanced level nursing to the healthcare team and the wider health and social care sector.
  • Evidence of managing clinical services, service innovation and up-to-date knowledge of nursing policy and strategy, together with successful change management experience and a proven track record in launching new initiatives
  • Ability to manage change and contain conflict ensuring resolution with positive outcomes, with use of negotiation skills.
Desirable criteria
  • Able to chair, co-ordinate and facilitate meetings

Planning and Organisational

Essential criteria
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills demonstrating the use of a variety of media/IT skills.

Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to move and handle patients and inanimate loads using appropriate equipment in accordance with Trust Policy.
  • Able to stand and sit for long periods of time and able to undertake nursing duties.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure both professionally and managerially
  • Proven ability to concentrate and maintain high degree of accuracy.
  • Able to carry out concurrent activities (multi-tasking) and work in an unpredictable working pattern (will be required to carry a bleep).
  • Proven ability to cope with distressing situations and challenging behaviours.

Personal and people development

Essential criteria
  • Polite and courteous.
  • Professional attitude.

Specific requirements

Essential criteria
  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations
  • Willingness to work flexibly across sites in order to meet the needs of the divisions and the Trust.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoHSJ Best places to workDisability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodArmed Forces Covenant Bronze Award

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Sally Burnie
Job title
Head of Cancer Services and Lead Cancer Nurse
Email address
sally.burnie@mkuh.nhs.uk