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Recruitment open for roles to develop specialist nursing

RM Partners is recruiting two new, innovative senior nursing leadership posts to support the development of cancer clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) in north west London, hosted by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and south west London, hosted by Croydon Health Services NHS Trust.

A project to pilot Macmillan CNS Development Leads (CDLs), led by the North Central London Cancer Alliance and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS England, aims to address the shrinking pool of experienced CNSs and falling number of nurses opting to move into this specialist role. The pilot will implement the ACCEND (Aspirant Cancer Career and Education Development) programme, developed by NHS England Workforce, Education and Training for cancer nursing.

Cancer clinical nurse specialists play a pivotal role in patient care, offering clinical expertise, knowledge, and compassionate support in a holistic manner through personalised cancer care. They also help patients to navigate the complexities of the healthcare system.

Introducing the CDL is a step towards addressing the challenges of recruiting and retaining qualified professionals in the cancer nursing workforce.

The postholders will provide structured professional support to new CNSs by offering mentoring, coaching, and education based on the ACCEND capability framework to develop a solid foundation of knowledge and skills necessary to excel in their roles.

CDLs will help a cancer CNS to be able, independently, to undertake proactive case management and use clinical judgement to reduce the risk to patients from disease or treatments. This will strengthen and improve delivery of personalised cancer care by supporting cancer clinical nurse specialists and nurse-led innovation.​

The two-year pilot will be independently evaluated to understand what needs to be improved, to assess the effectiveness and value for money of the CDL role and support the sustainability of these posts.

For more information and to apply:

North West London: Click Here

South West London: Click Here