Job Description

Are you looking for a new challenge?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated nurse to join the team at the oncology day unit Hamwic House. This is a purpose built unit at University Hospital Southampton which provides patients with services such as SACT (Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapies) including supportive infusions and blood products, outpatient clinics, phlebotomy and PICC line insertions. Our treatment area is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 8 pm, and we are also open on Sundays to take blood tests. As well, as treating patients at UHS we send a team of nurses to Lymington hospital to offer treatments closer to patients home through an outreach service.

At Hamwic House our goal is to provide all our patients who are under going cancer diagnosis, treatment and on going care with gold standard care, support and compassion, and hope to grow our wonderful team of nurses and healthcare assistants who provide that care.

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.
What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.
Your Responsibilities

What you’ll do

At Hamwic house you will be responsible for caring for adult patients who are mostly undergoing anti-cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy in a day unit setting. To become competent in safely delivering SACT with an understanding you will attend a SACT study day provide by UHS. Through this course you will be support by a ward mentor as well as the SACT educator team. Additional skills required will be cannulation and venesection, care of CVADS, NG tube insertion and scalp cooling.

The unit supports patients by administering therapies within the hospital setting as well as providing an outreach service to treat patients closer to home. This service takes place at Lymington hospital, with scope to develop this service further, meeting the NHS England target of treating patients closer to home. You will become a highly skilled professional leading to opportunities for future career development from ANP, CNS and managerial roles.

Your role will include

  • Administrating anti-cancer treatments
  • Administering supportive medications and blood products.
  • Working closely with the MDT in providing a patient centred approach for all patients attending the unit.
  • To work flexibly within the Hamwic nursing team to support all services.
  • Recognise deterioration in patients’ condition, including neutropenic patients and escalating appropriately.
  • You will be encouraged to develop your knowledge and skills in cancer nursing by attending oncology specific study days and courses.
  • Maintaining IV skills including cannulation and phlebotomy

What we’re looking for

Pro-active team player wishing to pursue and develop a career in Oncology. The successful applicant would ideally have experience of working within oncology and delivery of SACT, however this is not essential and full training will be provided. We welcome applications from those who would relish the opportunity to be part of new and developing cancer service, building on the excellent reputation, research, and patient experience that Hamwic House already delivers.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on 14th June 2023.

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