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Colorectal Cancer Navigator

Job Reference: 349-WTWA-3671333

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
General Surgery
Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester
£22,549 - £24,882 (pro rata)

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, employing over 28,000 staff.

We are responsible for running a family of ten hospitals across seven separate sites, providing a wide range of services from comprehensive local general hospital care through to highly specialised regional and national services.

We are the main provider of hospital care to approximately 750,000 people in Manchester and Trafford and the single biggest provider of specialised services in the North West of England. We are also the lead provider for a significant number of specialised services including Breast Care, Vascular, Cardiac, Respiratory, Urology Cancer, Paediatrics, Women’s Services, Ophthalmology and Genomic Medicine.

Our vision is to improve the health and quality of life of our diverse population by building an organisation that:

  • Excels in quality, safety, patient experience, research, innovation and teaching
  • Attracts, develops and retains great people
  • Is recognised internationally as a leading healthcare provider.

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer and the cancer that takes the second highest numbers of lives every year in the UK. Chances of successful treatment are far greater if the cancer is diagnosed and treated at an early stage. However, Greater Manchester is currently failing the cancer waiting time standard for colorectal cancer, with 65.8% of patients receiving their treatment within 62 days (national target is 85%). Furthermore, by 2020 the new faster diagnosis performance standard of confirmation of cancer diagnosis (or no cancer) by day 28 following first referral from GP will be implemented. Access to timely and effective cancer services is crucial for patient experience and outcomes. The Colorectal Best Timed Pathway project aims to ensure that wherever a patient lives, they experience the same level of care and have the same chance of receiving a definitive yes/no cancer diagnosis no longer than 28 days after urgent referral.

By becoming a Pathway Navigator you will be part of a community of similar roles across Greater Manchester, with Colorectal Pathway Navigators being based in most, if not all, Trusts in the region. Working closely with the relevant Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), you will have a key role in ensuring that patients have a cancer diagnosis as early as possible, supporting those patients in the early stages of the pathway by being their first point of contact up until diagnosis. You will be vital to ensuring new Straight to Test (STT) pathways achieve their targets, whilst maintaining high patient experience outcomes. You will work with patients, their carers and health care professionals to assist in co-ordinating the appointments and information required by clinicians in the pathway to deliver the faster diagnosis standard.

We need Navigators who have excellent people skills, are able to communicate appropriately with both health care professionals and patients, are organised, proactive and who care about improving outcomes for cancer patients. The role is initially funded until end of March 2021, with the intention, if the service delivers its intended outcomes, of the role continuing beyond this date.

About you

Resilient, ambitious and have a passion in managing and transforming healthcare services, you’ll be ready for your next challenge. You’ll be experienced in managing a high workload with a fast turnover

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Fiona Humphreys

Job title Service Manager

Email address

Telephone number 0161 291 5452

Additional contact information

Fiona Humphreys - Service Manager General Surgery - - 0161 291 5452

We may decide to close this vacancy earlier than the published closing date if sufficient applications are received.

Trust policy requires that the cost of submitting & processing the successful applicant/s DBS application be recovered via salary deduction in the first 3 months following start in post. The amount of £26.85(standard disclosure) or £43.85(enhanced disclosure) If you wish to withdraw once a DBS application has commenced you will be still liable for payment.

MFT would like to develop a committed, flexible workforce that is able to adapt to the changing needs of the NHS. We aim to support employees who wish to work flexibly, to allow them to maintain a healthy work life balance and fair consideration will be given to any flexible working requests.

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post.

We welcome applicants from the Armed Forces Community.

Please be aware that all roles at MFT(except Medical and Dental posts) are subject to a probationary period.

If you have any personal requirements that will enable you to participate in our recruitment process please contact a member of the Recruitment Services by phone on 0161 276 6198.

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