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Breast Care Specialist Nurse

Job Description

12 Months Fixed Term Contract to Cover Maternity Leave

Would you like to work for a Trust in which you can make a real difference? Would you like to be recognised for your effort and hard work?

Bedford NHS Trust is a uniquely situated NHS Trust with a relatively small footprint with up to 410 beds and over 2700 staff supporting a planned and reactive healthcare service to a cohort of over 300,000. We foster a community spirit within our Hospital underpinned by our Values which allow us to carry out our ethos; “Every Patient Matters”:

Because of our unique position, Bedford has a great community spirit and working environment and can provide a great platform for you to continue to grow as a professional. We are also very passionate about furthering your potential by creating different pathways, whether that being via further education, internal / external training, through to providing varied experience via Rotation or even a specialist provision dependent upon the position, the choice is yours!

What will I be doing in my new role?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a 12 month secondment within the Breast Service at Bedford Hospital to provide Maternity cover within the Breast Care Specialist Nurse Team.

This position provides an excellent opportunity to someone who wants to widen their nursing experience in a specialist role or for someone who already has specialist nurse experience. It requires excellent communication and a keen interest in the development and implementation of new programmes to enhance the service to our patients and build within an already focused team.

You will be part of a dynamic and motivated team supporting patients through their cancer care pathway. Working closely with all members of the multi-disciplinary breast team to assess, plan, implement and evaluate a seamless service for our patients.

You will be providing professional specialised leadership and guidance in conjunction with our Consultants on the management and endorsement of breast care to patients, trust staff, the community/GP’s.

Although we have a very strong learning and development function, we appreciate you will need to have acquired some skills and experience from your career you will require in order for your time with us to be a real success. These can be found in the Person and Job Description attachment on NHS Jobs. However we have highlighted three of them below

  • 1 Breast Care Nurse Course ENB A11 or equivalent in principles and practice of breast care nursing
  • 2 Teaching and assessing ENB 998/MSPP or equivalent

  • 3 Relevant experience in surgical nursing environment

Want to know more?

The hospital has grown significantly especially within the last 30 years. It now provides a wide range of services which include beds for Care of the Elderly, ENT, General Medicine, General Surgery, Gynaecology, Neonatal, Obstetrics, Oncology, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Vascular Surgery, Breast Surgery and Urology. A modern Accident and Emergency Department includes a 6-bedded observation ward. The Critical Care Complex provides both High Dependency and Intensive Care beds to a maximum capacity of 12 beds.

Bedford Hospital is situated in a beautiful part of the UK in the county of Bedfordshire. Bedford is a quaint riverside town with easy access to quiet unspoilt countryside, which can become useful after a fulfilling shift. Bedford is one of, if not the most, cosmopolitan town in the UK with over 50 different ethnic groups represented.

Candidate Care

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust values employee care highly. We will ensure all applicants receive some form of notification/decision throughout the application process. Please ensure your application details are correct as the majority of correspondence is sent digitally (Email / Text).

Please note that we do execute the right to close vacancies early should it be deemed that a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Equality & Diversity and Inclusion

Bedford, a fantastic place to live, It’s one of, if not the most, cosmopolitan town in the UK with over 50 different ethnic groups represented. We too are an advocate of diversity and strive to mirror our community as much possible so we particularly welcome applications from BAME groups.

The Trust is equally keen to receive applications from any of the 9 protected characteristics as we do not tolerate any form of discrimination within the trust.


We take safeguarding very seriously at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust to ensure the safety of our patients which includes children and vulnerable adults. Successful applicants’ offer of employment will be subject to stringent pre-employment checks which include DBS, valid references and more. Please note that providing false information is an offence and could result in the application being rejected; or summary dismissal/police action if an applicant has been selected. We have also implemented this into the Trust’s policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately.

A copy of the DBS code of Practice is available on request.

Probationary Period

For all Agenda for Change posts these are subject to the successful completion of a probationary period of 6 months within which the notice period for both you and Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is one week.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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