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Bowel Cancer Screening Practitioner posted by Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Full Time
£31,921 - £39,029 / year

Job Description

The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services from one acute hospital in Guildford and two adult community services hospitals across Surrey. We employ over 4,000 staff and serve over two million people locally and regionally. We have recently been rated as ‘Good; by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and ‘Outstanding’ for being responsive to people’s needs and for our maternity services and ‘Good’ for being caring, effective and safe. We believe that our people are the key to this success and the fact that going the extra mile is inbuilt within our teams.

The Trust serves a population of over 330,000 across south west Surrey. We are a specialist tertiary cancer centre, offering state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to a population of up to two million.

It is an innovative hospital packed with ambition and is an excellent place to start your career as well as move it up a gear or to continue developing yourself professionally.

A regional cancer centre for Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire, it is also a tertiary specialist centre for ENT and Maxillofacial surgery. It attracts referrals from across the whole country for other specialties (i.e. urology). The Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit (key-hole surgery) is one of only three such training units in the UK.

The Trust has strong links with the nearby University of Surrey and staff are well supported if they wish to undertake further study. As well as this, staff are able to develop and enhance skills and knowledge by undertaking post-qualification support and training at the hospital’s dedicated Education Centre. These are just some of the training and development opportunities available to staff.

Specialist Screening Practitioner Band 6

Full time 37.5 hours (P/T may be considered for suitable candidates to 0.6 WTE minimum)

We are currently looking for an additional team member to join our established group of Specialist Screening Practitioners (SSP) due to continued expansion of the service. You will be involved in the existing programme for 60 – 74 year olds and Bowel scope screening for 55 year olds.

The role will incorporate running positive assessment clinics for patients who have had a positive FIT. As an SSP you will be responsible for the management of the patient on their screening pathway. You will also be working in endoscopy to support your patients during the colonoscopy or bowel scope procedure.

The Surrey Bowel Cancer Screening Centre is a large centre and you need to be a car driver to travel between hospitals and clinic settings which form part of the role. The screening centre is based in Guildford at the Royal Surrey County Foundation NHS Trust. Traveling to Frimley Park Hospital, Woking Community Hospital, East Surrey Hospital, Cobham and any future sites is required.

This role comes under the governance of the National Bowel Screening Programme and is subject to significant clinical audit. You will therefore need to have good IT skills including a working knowledge of Word and Excel. Specific training will be given on the clinical management system which underpins the screening service.

Potential candidates should have a RN qualification with relevant experience in patient assessment and or working in endoscopy. A post qualification in mentorship, teaching or assessment is desirable. It would be an advantage to have experience in the management of colorectal disease, knowledge of the cancer patient pathway and advanced communication skills. As an independent practitioner you need to be able to manage a clinical caseload which is target driven. You should enjoy working within an evolving service and be expected to participate in the new developments.

The role involves significant in-house training. Participation in the Screening training module at Liverpool University (40 credits at level 6) is mandatory and fully funded.

We welcome informal visits and the opportunity to meet you. For further discussion or to arrange a visit, please contact Johanna Barnett or Karen Penry, Lead Specialist Screening Nurses on: [Click here to apply]

Closing date: 22/09/2019 Interview date:30/09/19

If you are interested in applying for this post please use the links provided to access the full job description/person specification and apply online.

The Trust is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all its employees as well as maintaining a workforce that broadly reflects the local communities we serve. In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.


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The trust aims to treat all applicants fairly in regards to any disclosure of conviction revealed at the application stage. Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of your offences. If you currently reside outside of the UK we will require documentary proof of security/police clearance, in English.

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