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Risk Stratified Support Worker (Prostate)

NHS AfC: Band 4

Main area
Cancer Services (Urology)
NHS AfC: Band 4
12 months (Fixed term maternity cover for 12 months only)
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Southport Hospital
£21,892 - £24,157 per annum
Salary period
24/01/2021 23:59

Working for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust offers all the benefits of coast and country living with the convenience of big city life.

We have miles of unspoilt coastline on our doorstep, attractive commuter towns, picturesque villages and stunning countryside all within easy reach. Excellent transport links mean the vibrant, historic city of Liverpool is only a short journey away. Shops, bars, restaurants, museums, galleries, a World Heritage listed waterfront and, of course, two Premiership football teams makes this a destination for travellers from across the world.

The University of Liverpool has awarded us the status of University Clinical Education Centre in recognition of the high standard of training provided for students on placement to the Trust.

We pride ourselves in providing safe, clean and friendly care, and recruit to our SCOPE values. We also offer a range of family friendly options to staff.

Please note that all successful applicants to non-medical positions will be subject to a six-month probationary period.


Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our dynamic Urology team to support the Risk Stratified Self Supported Management pathway for prostate patients.  The position is available for a 12 month secondment to cover maternity leave and would suit a enthusiastic, self motivated individual.

The successful applicant would be part of an energetic and innovative team that strives to improve patient experience quality wherever possible and as a member of that team, this role is pivotal in providing a patient centred approach to care.

The role involves supporting prostate cancer patients to manage and maintain their own recovery and maintenance programmes with minimal assistance from the clinical team.


Main duties of the job

The successful applicant would be required to have outstanding communication skills alongside a depth of knowledge and understanding of prostate cancer and its treatments.  It would be expected the candidate would work to a certain degree with autonomy, but have the required skills to be a competent and successful team member.

When working with cancer patients a greater degree of communication skills are required and it is excepted the candidate would have a high level of empathy and consideration of patients needs.

Further core qualities required for the role are ability to problem solve, acknowledgement of limitations within role, professionalism and accuracy of documentation, alongside the ability to demonstrate working within the core values of Southport & Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust

Working for our organisation

This service has been hugely successful in Southport & Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust and we are proud of the acclaim it has received from not only our patients but regional and nationally too.  As an early adopter of this service we are able to provide others with the expertise and change programme required to implement such a dynamic patients focussed service.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will responsible for supporting the appropriate patients following treatment for prostate cancer in a virtual forum.  This consist of both telephone and virtual IT communications, the set up of workshops and the maintenance of the IT portal.

The role will include working alongside the clinicians to set patient care criteria and reviewing of clinical records throughout this process. The post holder will be expected to maintain "virtual" clinics and be able to present their patients in a clear, concise factual way to the wider multi-disciplinary team

It will be the role holders responsibility to enrol patients into the programme, along with the  teaching and supporting of access to IT systems and records. The role will also be expected to support the accurate and timely recording and review of clinical tests and the communication of these to the patients.

Often this role is supporting patients when issues arise and the ability to think on ones feet is an essential quality.

Advertising Date: 7th January, 2021

Closing Date: 24th January, 2021

Shortlisting Date; 25th January, 2021

Interview Date: 5th February, 2021

Please note we many close this advert early upon receipt of sufficient applications



Person specification

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Relevant health or social care experience
  • Use of IT including Microsoft word, Excel Powerpoint etc
  • Sound knowledge of medical terminology
  • Understanding of patient centred care
  • Good communication skills
Desirable criteria
  • Previous medical secretary/administrative experience
  • Knowldge of basic counselling

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Able to prioritise workload
  • Good observation skills
  • Practical problem solving skills

Emotional Effort

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm
  • Sensitive to emotional circumstances when dealing with patients


Essential criteria
  • GCSE level 4 or above in English & Maths
  • Level 3 Health or Social care qualification NVQ or similar
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of continued role development
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Applicant requirements

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

Elaine Deeming
Job title
Lead Cancer Nurse
Email address
Telephone number
01704 704776
Additional information

Please contact Elaine Deeming, Lead Cancer Nurse for further information on this role.