Cancer Care Nurse

Job Details

Job summary

Are you passionate about making a real difference in cancer care? Do you thrive in a dynamic, collaborative environment where your skills and expertise can drive positive change? If so, we have the perfect opportunity.

East Suffolk Primary Care Network (ESPCN) is seeking two dedicated and experienced Cancer Care Nurses. One post will cover mid-Suffolk (Eye to Stowmarket) for 34 hours per week and the other Ipswich & Felixstowe for 30 hours per week.

What We’re Looking For

NMC Registered Nurse with a strong background in cancer care with a passion for making a difference.

High levels of initiative, self-organisation, and confidence in interacting with colleagues.

More about Us

ESPCN is a collaborative network of GP practice in East Suffolk. We work together along with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital, and voluntary services to provide integrated health and care services to our 130,000 patients. The role will be employed by Suffolk Primary Care, an at-scale primary care provider covering 8 practices in East and West Suffolk.

Main duties of the job

Your Role

As a PCN Cancer Care Nurse, you’ll play a pivotal role in driving forward our cancer care agenda. Your responsibilities will include:

Conducting Cancer Care Reviews for our patients, ensuring the very best personalised care and support.

Supporting 2WW suspected cancer pathway referrals into secondary care, ensuring all pre-referral tests are completed.

Scoping community services to aid in early cancer identification and linking into local communities and voluntary sector organisations.

Leading the development of health promotion pathways and driving improvements in the quality of Cancer Care Reviews in primary care post-diagnosis.

About us

SPC is an innovative partnership of Suffolk GP surgeries.

Doctors and practice staff share resources and work together to ensure patients continue to receive high quality healthcare.

Suffolk Primary Care is committed to a policy of equal opportunities in employment. Applicants will ideally be fully vaccinated against Covid.

Benefits of working for SPC include:

NHS Pension Scheme

The NHS Pension Scheme is a defined benefits scheme

Life insurance

Family benefits including an adult dependents pension and childrens pension

Ill health benefits

20% employer contribution

Electric Car Salary Sacrifice Scheme

No deposit

No credit check

Fully comprehensive insurance

Servicing and tyres

Breakdown cover

Up to £2,000 contribution from SPC subject to conditions

Proper Pay & Cost of Living Benefits

Living Wage Foundation Accredited

GP Remote Working

Eye Care Vouchers Health Service Discounts

Annual Leave – Minimum 33 days including bank holidays FTE with enhancements for long service

Enhanced Maternity & Paternity terms

High street discounts through our own online portal

Technology and Homewares Salary Sacrifice schemes with Currys and John Lewis

Cycle to Work Salary Sacrifice Scheme

Gym Salary Sacrifice Scheme

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Summary

As part of East Suffolk PCN, your role is to develop and implement a comprehensive cancer pathway approach, aligning with the NHS Long Term Plan’s goal of earlier cancer diagnosis.

You will collaborate closely with system partners to ensure seamless coordination of care for patients on cancer pathways. This includes facilitating timely referrals, providing specialist advice, and supporting patients living with and beyond cancer to enhance their quality of life.

You will forge relationships with community services, secondary care, and PCN practices to ensure early symptom identification, supported referrals, and robust safety measures. Additionally, you will lead educational initiatives, contribute to multi-professional healthcare team training, and drive service development through clinical audit and leadership.


By working collaboratively with system colleagues, you will address variations and inequities in cancer care, ultimately improving patient pathways across primary, community, and secondary care settings.

Scope of the Role

To support the 2WW suspected cancer pathway referrals into secondary care, by ensuring all pre referral tests are completed. Working within an agreed framework that includes safety netting and returning to the referrer.

To scope the community services available that support early identification of cancer, there are some health inequalities within identifying early cancer at an early stage. This role will link into local communities and Voluntary sector organisations within the local area to support education and awareness.

To be the PCN point of contact for cancer in supporting other practice nurses and administration staff to identify the support patients may require that are having cancer treatments and living with and beyond cancer within the PCN.

Lead on the development of a Make Every Contact Count (MECC) through embedding a health promotion pathway for those patients who have been referred on a cancer pathway and are discharged following secondary assessment. Those patients who undertake risk taking behaviour such as smoking or excess alcohol may be our future cancer patients.

To lead improvements in the quality of Cancer Care Reviews (CCR) completed in primary care post diagnosis.

To support the development of innovations across all aspects of the cancer pathway.

Clinical Responsibilities

Be actively engaged in the setting up and establishment of this new service, actively engaging with other stakeholders to ensure that processes are robust and the service operates within the agreed guidance.

Be responsible for coordinating the pre referral tests required for 2WW referrals within the PCNs, interpret results of relevant patient investigations in conjunction with clinicians and where indicated provide appropriate management as directed by the clinical team with next steps within the protocol led pathway.

Be responsible for working with the referring GP for safety netting patients who are on a cancer pathway until point of diagnosis or discharge.

To complete and maintain accurate records of patient interactions, pre-diagnostic/ referral interventions clinical narrative and outcomes, ensuring that patient confidentiality is adhered to within the PCN Information Governance guidelines.

To undertake holistic needs assessments of identified patients, enabling timely support and advocacy of patients personalised care needs providing relevant information and psychological support; advising patients and their identified carers of expected next steps.

Actively monitor and escalate issues regarding the patient referral and next steps to the responsible clinician.

Develop and participate in the promotion of patient-centred care and establish and maintain a supportive relationship with the patient and their family, in making informed decisions about their care from the point of suspected cancer referral.

Develop a continued updated knowledge of the current services available for patients with complications from their treatment but also services to offer on-going support in primary care into survivorship.

Developing the service to include a regular face to face clinic for patients with higher support needs who are having treatment or are on a personalised follow up pathway.

Person Specification



  • Proven experience working within cancer care pathways.
  • Demonstrated experience in service development and implementation.
  • Experience in collaborating with multi-professional teams and stakeholders.
  • Experience in clinical audit and service improvement initiatives.


  • Primary Care experience
  • Setting up and maintaining systems and processes.
  • Previous experience in a leadership or managerial role within healthcare.
  • Experience in delivering educational initiatives and training sessions



  • Registered Nurse

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Suffolk Primary Care



Violet Hill Road



IP14 1NL

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Attachment: Cancer-Care-Nurse-Job-Description-Person-Specification.pdf