Lead Chemotherapy Nurse

£40000 - £43000 per annum
29 Jan 2014
26 Feb 2014
Matt Dunn
Nursing Field
Oncology, Private Healthcare
Job Type
Lead Chemotherapy Nurse Job Purpose The purpose of this role is to provide clinical and managerial leadership of the chemotherapy service through the demonstration of advanced clinical and communication skills, strategic acumen and the effective management of staff Main duties and responsibilities Clinical Practice: - To provide specialist nursing advice and support to patients, their families and other healthcare professionals following diagnosis and through all stages of treatment - To ensure continuity of a high standard of evidence based nursing care for patients undergoing chemotherapy, assessing health, health related and nursing needs of patients, their families and other carers by identifying and initiating appropriate steps for effective care. This will include: - Managing a patient caseload - Close liaison with Medical Consultants - Ordering diagnostic tests within agreed parameters - Running nurse led clinics - To work autonomously whilst providing clinical leadership, ensuring all patients have an accurate plan of care, which reflects the assessment undertaken and incorporates the issues and recommendations made ensuring clear documentation in the patient`s records - To demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in intravenous access, the management of central venous catheters, venesection, and chemotherapy delivery, including the management of anaphalxisis and extravasation - To practice advanced life support in order to facilitate rapid stabilisation and the appropriate ongoing management of patients who develop acute treatment complications - To deliver a seamless service through the development of enhanced communication with key stakeholders and patient care contributors - To develop assessment tools that will ensure an appropriate level of nursing intervention so that patients who present with the most complex needs are referred to the appropriated specialist including patients and families who require more in-depth support and counselling - To participate in the identification and development of clinical protocols and strategies to enhance both the continuity and standard of specialist care - To ensure all care is given in accordance with agreed protocols. - To work in line with and contribute to local delivery of national care standards Person Specification - Essential Requirements Qualifications and registration - NMC Level 1 or Level 15 Registered Nurse - Degree (BSc) or equivalent in a health related subject and ideally working towards a higher degree - Relevant post-registration qualification in oncology/chemotherapy administratio Experience - An advanced practitioner either through formal qualification (as above) and/or extensive clinical experience within oncology and chemotherapy administration - Experience in clinical leadership - Experience in budgetary management - Ability to impart complex information to patients, relatives and carers, with different levels of understanding - Ability to build up a rapport with patients, staff and external providers - To have proven experience of service development - Experience of running research and audit programmes Skills - Strong leadership skills - Autonomous practitioner - Advanced clinical assessment and non medical prescribing skills or willingness to develop these - Basic counselling skills - Project management skills For further information, or to apply for this role please contact Matt Dunn on: 02078618950 EXT: 1564 or Email: matt.dunn.a4lfw4lnb8y@hclpermanent.aptrack.co.uk