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Staff nurse

Band 5

Main area
Cancer Care
Band 5
Full Time/Part Time
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£23,023 - £29,608 pa pro rata
10/03/2019 23:59

An exciting opportunity has arisen for staff nurses (band 5s) to join our regional cancer care unit at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). We’re looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic nurses with a genuine interest in cancer care, along with a commitment to continuous learning, teamwork and mutual support.

About our unit

The cancer care unit cares for patients from a wide geographical area ranging in age from 16 upwards.


  • C4 is a 23 bedded clinical oncology ward and offers a wide range of treatments including radiotherapy, iodine and high dose radiotherapy treatments, chemotherapy and diagnostic procedures.
  • C6 is a 21 bedded ward that provides intensive chemotherapy to patients with haematological disorders. It is the regional bone marrow transplant service for this area.
  • D2 is a 20 bedded haematology ward delivering care to both malignant and non-malignant conditions.
  • D3 is a 22 bedded medical oncology ward. D3 takes both elective and emergency admissions and is involved in administering the majority of inpatient chemotherapy to a variety of tumour sites.
  • Teenage young adult (TYA) unit is a 6 bedded ward caring for cancer patients from the age of 16 – 24. They treat both haematology and oncology patients.

All the areas care for acutely unwell cancer patients, those having adverse side effects to treatment and palliative patients. All areas work with a wide multidisciplinary team including doctors, physiotherapists, and cancer nurse specialists to put patients’ specific needs at the heart of their care.

Undergoing cancer treatment is never going to be easy but we are working hard to make sure our patients and their families have the most positive experience possible with us as part of our Trust vision – patients first, working together, always improving.

What we’re looking for

UHS is expanding specialist and advanced treatments for cancer and we are looking for staff who have the drive and passion to take these forward. We work closely with the research teams within the hospital and university to provide trials for cancer patients.

You‘ll need to have experience of working in an acute care setting and an understanding of current acute health service issues. If you have a strong focus on patient care and are able to work inter-professionally across boundaries and support junior colleagues in their development then we are keen for you to join our team.

What we can offer you

We offer opportunities to enhance your skills and be part of a forward thinking and supportive multi professional team. Competency in intravenous therapy and chemotherapy administration is desirable but not essential. If you do not have these skills you will be offered training to support you to develop these skills.

You’ll receive an individualised induction programme when you first start to visit all the different areas within the department. In the future, we are hoping to develop a rotational programme.

Working within cancer care will provide you with an excellent opportunity to develop your clinical skills whilst enhancing your knowledge of oncology and haematology. You’ll be supported and encouraged to further develop your nursing career.

Cancer care has a highly motivated and supportive education team who drive staff development forward. There are opportunities to develop your knowledge in cancer care nursing by attending the Wessex Cancer Alliance chemotherapy course and the ‘Fundamentals of Cancer Care’ course, developed by our own education team.

We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and are able to support you so that you can deliver the highest quality care to your patients and their families.

About our Trust and Southampton

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep.

The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.

For further information and to apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, we would encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit.

Closing Date for applicants will be Sunday, 10 March

Interview Date – Friday, 29 March

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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Steph Churchill
07867 462421


Jessica Stansby
02381 204211

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