Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Macmillan Specialist Nurse in Breast Reconstruction

Band 6

Main area
Plastic Surgery
Band 6
Fixed Term
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
John Radcliffe Hospital
£28,050-£36,644 per annum
19/11/2018 23:59

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.


Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values



An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual with the passion and motivation to enhance the experience of women considering breast reconstruction within the Specialist Surgery Department at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.  The Breast Reconstruction Nursing Service currently has a vacancy available for a Breast Reconstruction Specialist Nurse Practitioner to cover maternity leave until January 2020. 


In post you will develop your role as the patient's key worker.  Your responsibilities would span both ward and out-patients, including clinical care delivery, education, audit and research. You will be present for a patient's initial appointment in Consultant clinics and will hold your own nurse-led clinics for follow-ups. In post you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in the assessment of patients’ holistic needs, the management of wounds and dressings and review of patients with pre and post-operative concerns. There may also be the opportunity to further develop in the role leading to competence in the drainage of seromas, inflation of tissue expanders and nipple tattooing (areolar micropigmentation). The post holder will also be involved in the delivery of the Oxford Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) group that provides information and support for women who are considering or have undergone breast reconstruction.


The successful applicant will have significant post registration experience, ideally in plastic surgery or oncology, and have a general knowledge of the breast reconstruction patient pathway. Advanced interpersonal skills and experience of working collaboratively with the MDT are essential. We will show commitment to your professional development through a range of educational opportunities available both in and out of house.


This is a unique role with the opportunity to develop new skills and to contribute to the development of the Breast Reconstruction Nursing Service. If you are an existing Band 6 or experienced Band 5 nurse wishing to further develop your skills in this area we would be delighted to hear from you. 


As a member of the network of Macmillan professionals, the post holder will benefit from the additional support, resources and training opportunities offered by the network.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

Claire Griggs (Lead Macmillan Breast Reconstruction Specialsit Nurse Practitioner) on 01865  234193/07920834571 or via email: Claire.griggs@ouh.nhs.uk