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Lead Clinician for Acute Oncology

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 pro rata per annum
Closing date
18 Mar 2024

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The Acute Oncology Service is multi-disciplinary team operating across Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven. The Service has gone from strength to strength in the last 12 months and we are now inviting applications for a Clinical Lead to join our Service.

The aim of the Acute Oncology Service is to provide early specialist input to Oncology patients presenting to hospital with acute complications of cancer or its treatment, enabling appropriate, evidenced based management in line with both local and national policies.

The role of Lead Clinician is to provide clinical leadership to support the Acute Oncology Service (AOS), including Metastasis of Unknown Origin (MUO) and Serious Non-Site Specific Symptoms Service (SNSSS) pathways. The post holder will oversee the management of patients on the caseload of AOS and to further develop of the model in line with national, corporate and divisional strategy.

Main duties of the job

The key requirements of the role are to:
  • Provide strong clinical leadership and strategic influence across AOS, promoting quality, innovation and supporting the team to deliver high quality patient services.
  • Provide clinical leadership to the Advanced Care Practitioners working with the AOS, Malignancy of Unknown Origin (MUO) and Serious Non-Site Specific Symptoms Service (SNSSS).
  • To lead relevant MDT's for the above pathways.
  • Promote and encourage development of effective cross-service clinical pathways, working collaboratively with other teams and services within and outside of the Trust.
  • The Lead Clinician will ensure high quality, safe and effective patient care is delivered, where this care is experienced positively and is centred on their needs and circumstances.
  • The Lead Clinician will provide leadership ensuring their composite workforce develop high quality evidence based care and interventions throughout the service.
  • As an innovative and dynamic practitioner the Lead Clinician is committed to improving the patient experience, improving standards of care and services, commanding the confidence of colleagues within the service and other specialty teams across the Collaborative and the aligned Trusts.
  • The Lead Clinician for AOS will use a matrix management style and influencing power to deliver high performance and support service development.

We welcome applications from Consultants, SAS Doctor or General Practitioners.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as an individual and within your team to contribute in to embedding carbon reduction into the everyday running of our organisation.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £18 + Administration cost of £3.85 = £21.85. Deducted at £6.85 from 1st month salary and £5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: £38 + administration cost of £3.90 = £41.90. Deducted at £11.90 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27-day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification
  • oMBBS, MBChB or equivalent oFull GMC registration oRoyal College Membership oConsultant, SAS Doctor or General Practitioner oCCT or equivalent
  • oProfessional with experience of high level leadership and management oExperience of Medical Leadership role Knowledge and experience of professional performance systems and their implementation oAbility to analyse highly complex organisational problems and develop and implement workable solutions oKnowledge and understanding of key NHS issues, including national and local policy drivers that are complex and highly politicised oHighly developed knowledge and understanding of key organisation systems and NHS modernisation agenda oExtensive knowledge on how tumour site specific MDTs work
  • oExperience of clinical audit and research oExperience of working within cancer services and good knowledge of the Cancer Waiting Times guidance. oKnowledge and understanding of NHS Policy and regulatory policy, demonstrating ability to interpret
  • oGood communication skills with a proven track record of engagement oExperienced Doctor/Dentist with a wide range of skills and decision making abilities oAudit skills and the ability to analyse and interpret activity data oPresentation skills oTeaching abilities to engage a wide range of audiences. oThe highest level of interpersonal, communication and leadership skills oAbility to lead and motivate others, strong influencing and negotiation skill oAble to assess priorities and make decisions oPatient Focused: Understands how their role impacts on the patient journey, and a willingness to place the patient at the centre of what they do oAchieving results: Experience of successfully working to deadlines and completing tasks
  • oEnthusiasm oHighly developed interpersonal skills oConfident and articulate oDemonstrates and role models Trust values and behaviours oConfident oAble to function in a multi-professional environment oLeadership skills oAbility to work as part of a team at senior level oAbility to remain calm under pressure and work to clear deadlines oSelf-motivated, energetic and flexible, with well developed interpersonal skills oPersonal resilience, self-awareness, determination to succeed. oAbility to work within the values of the Trust and to demonstrate evidence of values in practice oWorking Together: Approachable and able to build relationships with a wide variety of colleagues oEquality and Diversity: Can demonstrate a positive and non-judgemental attitude towards difference in terms of service delivery and working practice

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North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle

Newtown Road



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