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Specialist Screening Practitioner


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Specialist Screening Practitioner
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
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Westmorland General Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata
Salary period
14/04/2021 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

22.5 HOURS per week.

Post based in Kendal – Westmorland General Hospital

This is an exciting, innovative and substantive post working as part of the team for NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in England.  You will have a key role in the specialist team who deliver the bowel screening to the Cumbria and Morecambe Bay population.  We are seeking enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals to work within our team.

The screening practitioner acts as the patient’s advocate, supporting them and their carers to navigate and make informed choices through all stages of the screening process.  You will pre-assess patients for colonoscopy and discuss findings and diagnosis of colorectal disease. 

Advanced communication skills are required to assist in complex decision making, and dealing with sensitive issues. 

The Screening Practitioner will be involved in health promotion activities with our local Public Health services to encourage access to screening by all sections of our society.  

Main duties of the job

You will work collaboratively with the Programme Hub to co-ordinate and provide care from the screening centre.  The post holders will be expected to adhere to and review clinical practice, work with the screening hub in the administration and audit of the service and utilise research to inform practice.


Your role will include delivery of clinics within the community, support of the patient through Colonoscopy as well as attendance at multi-disciplinary team meetings in the relevant Hospital Trusts.  The above post is based at Westmorland General Hospital with clinics held at Queen Victoria Hospital, WGH, Ulverston Community Hospital and Furness General Hospital. 




Working for our organisation

The post requires staff to work flexibly, including covering absences of colleagues across the Cumbria & Morecambe Bay BCSP; there is the possibility that you will need to cover clinics and lists at Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle and West Cumberland Infirmary, Whitehaven.  Candidates should note that the future expansion plans for the service will require working patterns for Saturdays and some evenings.

Anyone newly appointed to the trust will be subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probationary period (this includes bank staff). This will give the new staff member an opportunity to become familiar with the role and working environment. 

A full Job description and person specification are available to view in the attached supporting documents. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Main Responsibilities include


  • Provide advice, information and support for those making direct contact with the screening centre.
  • Be responsible for care delivery to patients identified by the screening programme and will meet the needs of patients arising as a result of:
    • Having been called to participate in screening
    • Having been identified as positive on screening
    • Needing to be assessed as fit to undertake screening colonoscopy or alternative diagnostic investigations
    • Needing to be able to make informed decisions prior undergoing screening colonoscopy or alternative diagnostic interventions
    • Having been identified as requiring further intervention, treatment, surveillance follow-up or discharge.
  • Be responsible for the delivery of care to clients attending for colonoscopy, supporting them and ensuring they are on the correct pathway in relation to the outcome of their investigation.
  • To use specialist knowledge and advanced communication skills with patients and carers when breaking bad news and providing psychological support on diagnosis, treatment and symptom management.
  • Ensure timely access to screening colonoscopy and  or alternative diagnostic intervention and seamless transition to agreed pathways in primary, secondary, tertiary or out-patient care settings, during all stages of the screening pathway.
  • To establish effective links with local colorectal cancer multi-disciplinary teams in order to ensure that when cancer is detected, there is timely presentation and transfer of patients to the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Populate and maintain the BCSP local database.
  • Participate in ongoing data collection and quality assurance, service feedback and audit with particular responsibility for the follow-up of patients at 30 days.
  • Perform comprehensive assessment of patient needs, plan, implement and evaluate care according to BCSP.
  • Collect, collate, evaluate and report information, maintaining accurate patient records.
  • Work collaboratively with other professionals and organisations to ensure patient needs are met, especially in relation to referrals to local MDTs.

Managerial / Leadership

Support the provision of helpline services run from the Hub by resolving queries referred by them to the screening centre.

  • To ensure patient records for the screening services are completed to include data on treatment, staging and outcomes provided by the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To maintain professional competence and support that of other staff within the BCSP.
  • Support the BCSP Manager and Lead Screening Practitioner in the development of performance to the National Screening Programme, strategic groups and the wider health community.
  • Contribute to the business and strategic planning for the BCSP.
  • Provide specialist, expert knowledge to clinical colleagues, patients and carers/relatives.
  • Evaluate service delivery, identify areas for improvement and initiate change.
  • Travel between sites to ensure equity and timeliness of service delivery

Education & Development

  • Participate in education and awareness sessions as identified by the BCSP.
  • Identify learning needs, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of education to meet identified need.
  • Address specific health targets e.g. cancer waits related to own area of practice through education.
  • Ensure own compliance with regards to mandatory training requirements.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Post registration qualification in speciality or related field
  • Diploma/degree
Desirable criteria
  • Qualification in specialist area
  • Qualification in advanced communication
  • Teaching and assessing


Essential criteria
  • Broad range of clinical experience
  • participate in service Development and implementation of change
Desirable criteria
  • Specific experience in speciality

Skills and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Able to perform assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of specialist care
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings with patients of varying levels of understanding.
  • Basic IT skills in word processing and spreadsheets
  • Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships with colleagues in the health care setting
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Good attendance record
  • Have a valid driving licence and able to drive and travel between sites
  • Flexibility
  • Able to work outside normal office hours
  • Effective team work
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jane Chester
Job title
Lead Specialist Screening Practitioner
Email address
Telephone number
01539 715517
Additional information

May Doherty programme Manager 07824544241 or 01539 715387