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Specialist Screening Practitioner


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Specialist Screening Practitioner
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
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Cumberland Infirmary
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata
Salary period
27/07/2021 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

37.5 HOURS per week. + 30.0 Hours per week

Post based in Carlisle- Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle

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. 


Main duties of the job

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. 

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 Westmorland general Hospital, Royal Lancaster Infirmary  and clinics at Queen Victoria hospital, Furness general Hospital.  Candidates should note that the future expansion plans for the service will require working patterns for Saturdays and some evenings.



Working for our organisation

We operate from three main hospitals - Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) in Kendal, as well as a number of community health care premises including Millom Hospital and GP Practice, Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, and Ulverston Community Health Centre.

FGH and the RLI have a range of General Hospital services, with full Emergency Departments, Critical/Coronary Care units and various Consultant-led services.

WGH provides a range of General Hospital services, together with an Urgent Treatment Centre, that can help with a range of non-life threatening conditions such as broken bones and minor illnesses.

All three main hospitals provide a range of planned care including outpatients, diagnostics, therapies, day case and inpatient surgery. In addition, a range of local outreach services and diagnostics are provided from community facilities across Morecambe Bay.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay visiting our website https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/

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