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Head and Neck Cancer team
NHS AfC: Band 7
Fixed Term - 12 months
37.5 hours per week
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Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
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Guy's Hospital
£44,347 - £50,549 p.a inc. HCA
07/07/2019 23:59
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Registered Mental Health Nurse - Head & Neck Cancer

NHS AfC: Band 7

Join us and become part of the most engaged workforce of any NHS trust in England, according to the latest national NHS Staff Survey results – for the fourth year running.

You will be joining a dynamic and forward-looking organisation in the heart of the capital where you can develop your career and broaden your horizons.

We think you will enjoy working for us but you don’t have to take our word for it – 77% of staff who took part in the latest national NHS Staff Survey would recommend Guy’s and St Thomas’ as a place to work.

An extremely exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 7 Mental Health Nurse to join the multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer team at Guy’s Hospital.

This is an innovative post designed to support patients with mental health and or addiction problems who also have a high risk of having head and neck cancer.

The successful applicant will play a major role in scoping the mental health resources for such patients with a view to co-ordinating support and designing access pathways for this patient group to diagnostic head and neck cancer services and where necessary into treatment.  

The role will work in conjunction with our specialist team of head and neck surgeons, oncologists, nurses and allied health professionals at Guy’s, the diagnostic teams and our specialist community head and neck cancer team to facilitate patient access to mental health support whilst undergoing urgent investigations and treatment for head and neck cancer. The post will require a level of outreach working within the community to enable patient engagement.

If you are an experienced band 6 or 7 mental health nurse with an interest in oncology we would like to hear from you.  This is a brand new post, the first 6 weeks in post would involve in depth scoping of the mental health support services and other useful resources available to our patients and to build strong links with these teams.  Patient assessment and support will be vital to improving outcomes for these patients. Generally this group of patients is hard to reach and even once diagnosed fail to access treatment in a timely fashion, resulting in high mortality rates. As an innovative post there will be research opportunities within one of the largest head and neck cancer units in the country that has a strong background of mentoring and supporting allied health professionals in their professional development.

The post holder will be supported and supervised clinically by both the Head and Neck Cancer team and the Trust Mental Health Lead. An honorary contract will be provided with the local Mental health Trust enabling access to ongoing professional development opportunities.  


Closing Date: 7th July 2019


Interview Date: 19th July 2019 

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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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Further details / informal visits contact

For further information or to arrange a formal visit, please contact:

June Allen - Head of Nursing

Laura Dean - Head & Neck Advanced Nurse Practitioner