Deputy Lead Chemotherapy Nurse
Our client is a company formed by UK based and international cancer and healthcare specialists, with a world renowned Board demonstrating global experience in the field of oncology and life sciences.
With clear vision and available capital to build and operate state of the art Proton Therapy Cancer Centres in national and international markets, our client has partnered with class-leading providers, such as Philips and IBA, which will equip all the new centres to the highest specifications. Building upon the UK’s reputation for clinical excellence and through academic affiliations the Proton Beam Therapy centres will become hubs of excellence for advanced cancer treatment.
Cancer care in the UK will soon be transformed with the provision of Proton Beam Therapy treatment.
Patients will be able to take advantage of highly specialised treatment at the first three Proton Beam centres to be built in the UK - in Wales, Northumberland and Reading.
Our client has started the process to build the treatment centres to address the growing global demand for innovative cancer care.
In addition to High Energy Proton Beam Therapy, all of the centres will also offer a comprehensive cancer service offering diagnostics, chemotherapy and radiation therapy and will treat NHS patients, private patients under medical insurance and self-pay patients.
Provide a high level of oncology knowledge and experience to support the delivery of a high quality, seamless but safe service. Deputise for Clinical Lead Nurse in their absence.
- Deliver high quality, evidence based and safe care to patients and their families.
- Implement the centres clinical governance strategy and provide support and input to the centres overall business strategy, consistent with corporate direction.
- Promote a cost effective, patient focused quality service for the continuing success of Rutherford Cancer Centres.
- Apply quality improvement approaches and implement findings.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide specialist nursing advice and support to patients, their families and other healthcare professionals following diagnosis and through all stages of their treatment.
- Ensure all care is delivered within agreed protocols.
- Comply with measures to actively manage and reduce risks to patients. Ensure the formal reporting and recording of adverse incidents.
- Maintain accurate and contemporaneous records, producing relevant statistics, reports and activity data as required. Ensure confidentiality of information is protected in line with governance requirements and Caldicott framework.
- Take responsibility as a deputy lead nurse to ensure that the service runs smoothly, all staff are supported and duties are delegated appropriately.
- Ensure that the shift is adequately covered on a day to day basis with appropriately skilled staff.
- Identify any gaps in the team skill set and facilitate and support staff development in line with clinical need.
- Ensure all patients are kept fully informed of the risks and benefits of the proposed treatment in line with the consent process.
- Promote and facilitate evidence based practice and clinical audit within the infusional service.
- Adhere to the NMC code of professional practice working within and accepting responsibility for maintaining agreed levels of competence.
- Ensure that a high standard of evidence based care is provided to the patients and their families which will include managing the patient case load, carrying out or ordering diagnostic tests within agreed parameters and maintaining close liaison with Medical Consultants and their teams.
- Demonstrate advanced skills and knowledge in intravenous access, the management of central venous catheters, phlebotomy and chemotherapy delivery, including the management of anaphylaxis and extravasation.
- Deliver and if required lead on immediate life support to facilitate rapid stabilisation and the appropriate ongoing nurse led management of patients who develop acute complications.
- Adhere to company standards in respect of appearance, behaviour and demeanour.
- Work out of hours when required to ensure that challenges or crises are resolved with minimum impact to service and treatments.
- Maintain your own continued personal and professional development in accordance with requirements, expectations and business objectives.
- Be aware of close working relationships with partnership organisations and the requirement to always comply with their local rules and policies.
- The role may occasionally require an amount of travelling to specifically support the nursing service in any of the other Centres.
Qualifications and Registration (Essential):
- Registered General Nurse (BN) Qualification.
- Educated to masters level of education or evidence of working towards.
- Mentorship Accreditation.
- Certified Nurse Prescriber or will work towards.
Experience and Competencies:
- Minimum of 5 years Oncology/Chemotherapy Experience (including at least 2 years administration.
- Minimum of 3 years at Band 6 or equivalent in Haematology or Oncology.
- Minimum of 5 years post registration experience in relevant field.
- Experience of teaching and assessing staff.
Place of Work:
Your normal place of work will be in the Reading Centre. however you may/will be required to travel in the course of your duties to attend meetings and other appointments. Travel and reasonable expenses will be paid in line with the Company’s Expenses Policy.