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Colorectal Faster Diagnosis Standard (FDS) Clinical Nurse Specialist
Band 7
Fixed term: 18 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (n/a)
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Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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Countess of Chester Hospital
£43,742 - £50,056 pa
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FDS Colorectal Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist

Band 7

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, staff pride themselves on not only leading through clinical excellence, but also by creating an environment where all staff are valued and appreciated. To achieve this, the Trust has embarked on an exciting new strategy focused on continuous improvement.  

Our vision is to improve the lives of our community and provide excellence in healthcare, through partnership and innovation

Our High Performance Culture will support everyone to be the best version of themselves by being true to our Trust vision, values and behaviors.

We welcome applications from colleagues from our local and neighbouring communities of all backgrounds and identities, who are currently under-represented within our region such as Black, Asian, Minority ethnic and those with disabilities.

As a region we are reviewing the way we work, and exploring how new working practices that support flexible working can create a positive work-life balance. As part of our recruitment process we will explore how our inclusive employment policies, flexible working, staff engagement forums, Trust facilities and services can be of mutual benefit.


Job overview

Working Full time : 37.5 hours per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a specialist nurse based within the Colorectal team at The Countess of Chester Hospital.

This is a new role to support the Faster Diagnosis standard (FDS) to ensure patients are told they have cancer, or that it is excluded within a maximum of 28 days from referral.

The post holder will be proactive in working with the existing team team to expand and develop the service, managing suspected Colorectal referrals and implementing and managing the  Colorectal Timed Pathway. As a member of the Multi disciplinary team you will play a key role in supporting the on going improvement effort to shorten diagnostic pathways, improve patient experience of care and meet the Faster Diagnosis Standard (FDS)

We are looking for a registered nurse who can demonstrate experience of working in, Colorectal Cancer or a related field. The post holder will be required to work independently to assess and support the needs of patients who have been referred with suspected cancer.

The post holder will demonstrate excellent communication skills both verbal and written to support patients and carers in sometimes difficult circumstances. They will also be required to work and liase with other departments and external agencies.

Main duties of the job

Overview of Responsibilities:        

  • To promote high standards of specialist care for patients referred for investigations into colorectal cancer ensuring a quality experience.
  • To establish working relationships throughout colorectal team and services.
  • To work as a clinical nurse specialist within the colorectal cancer nursing team providing facilitation and management of patient with a high suspicion of cancer and supporting the patient through to diagnosis.
  • To work autonomously to triage patients referred onto colorectal cancer pathways to facilitate necessary investigations and provide clinical engagement.
  • Provide advice and support to patients diagnosed with cancer during colorectal procedures and investigations.
  • To be a resource both within the trust and the community for clinical advice and information.
  • In liaison with the Clinical Practitioner Educators and Practice Development team to support the professional development of students.
  • With the Lead Cancer Nurse contribute to clinical governance within the trust for cancer patients.
  • With the Lead Nurse for Cancer services and the Practice Development Team contribute to practice development and improving fundamentals of care within the trust for cancer patients.
  • To deliver care in line with National and Alliance guidance and requirements.

Working for our organisation

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services to West Cheshire and to Welsh patients covered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Trust works collaboratively within the wider Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. Its services are provided from three locations:

  • The Countess of Chester Hospital: providing 438 general and acute beds.
  • Ellesmere Port Hospital: providing 56 beds as a rehabilitation, intermediate and outpatient facility.
  • Tarporley War Memorial Hospital: a base for community services which serve the local rural population.

The Trust employs over 6258 staff (headcount) which includes temporary bank staff and provides acute emergency and elective services, primary care direct access services and obstetric services to a population of approximately 407,000. This includes 357,000 residents in Chester and West Cheshire which includes Ellesmere Port and Neston as well as the Deeside area of Flintshire which has a population of approximately 50,000.

The Trust is a busy district general hospital and in 2022/2023, there were more than 503,342 patient attendances (inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic) ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to major cancer surgery. This is an increase of nearly 10,000 compared to the previous year when there were 494,387 patient attendances.



Detailed job description and main responsibilities

 See Job Description for further details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. The cost of the DBS application is £23 (standard) or £43 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

Good luck with your application.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NMC Registered Nurse with Active Registration
  • MSc Advanced Practice/Clinical Masters or working towards within 2 academic years of appointment
Desirable criteria
  • Continuous Professional Development port folio
  • Trained in Advanced Life Support

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Speciality knowledge and experience
  • Knowledge of professional and NHS issues and an understanding of corporate objectives.
  • Relevant Post Registration clinical experience
Desirable criteria
  • CNS mentorship and development
  • Countess 20:20 Leadership Programme

Employer certification / accreditation badges

NHS Pastoral Care Quality AwardApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyAge positiveInvestors in People: GoldDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - BronzeImproving working livesMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Disability confident employerStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Step into health

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kate Holloway
Job title
Lead Nurse GI Cancer.
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01244 363210
Additional information

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Lead Nurse to discuss the role.

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