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Clinical Nurse Manager III- Oncology/Haematology day ward/Infusion Suite

Job Locations Cavan & Monaghan Hospitals
Posted Date 1 week ago(15/07/2021 12:27)
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  • To play a pivotal, day-to-day, operational role in the provision of seamless care for cancer patients, within a multidisciplinary team.
  • To provide professional/clinical leadership in the designated area of responsibility.
  • To oversee the management of resources including staffing and staff development.
  • To play a pivotal role in service planning and development, co-ordinating and managing.
  • Assist in the implementation of the Integrated Electronic patient record system –Mosaiq (and the replacement version- NCIS- National Cancer Information System) for cancer services at Cavan General Hospital, and the development / education re: NCIS which will assist in formulating a cancer database at Cavan General Hospital.
  • Review existing and identify new services to ensure delivery of a patient focused service and be responsible for maintaining links with the Nurse Specialist, Business Managers for Oncology and Surgery, Group Cancer Services Manager and other professionals in all referring hospitals.
  • Liaise closely with all clinicians involved in the diagnosis, management and ongoing care of all patients referred to Cancer Services.
  • Liaise with other professions involved in cancer care within the hospital, with other health care agencies and community service as appropriate and help patients obtain optimal treatment taking into account their specific needs.
  • Attend multidisciplinary meetings as appropriate and have systems in place to ensure that patient treatment plans are initiated / implemented in a seamless manner.
  • Act as the liaison contact person with the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) from a nursing perspective.
  • Coordinate and implement at local level any national policies/guidelines agreed by the NCCP.
  • Will have an important role in the provision of educational support within the multidisciplinary team and in the development of quality initiatives.

Assist and support the implementation of the Integrated IT system for cancer services at Cavan General Hospital.

Organisational Context

The RCSI Hospital Group includes the following hospitals; 

  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Cavan General Hospital
  • Connolly Hospital
  • Louth County Hospital
  • Monaghan General Hospital
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
  • Rotunda Hospital

The Academic Partner for the Group is the RCSI.


RCSI Hospital Group provides a national service and a regional service to Dublin and the North East and is committed to the

provision of world-class care, exceptional clinical services with respect and compassion.

Key Responsibilities

  • The person holding this post is required to support the principle that the care of the patient comes first at all times and will approach their work with the flexibility and enthusiasm necessary to make this principle a reality for every patient to the greatest possible degree.
  • Maintain throughout the hospital awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all hospital activities.
  • Performance management systems are part of this role and you will be required to participate in the Group’s Performance Management Programme.
  • Demonstrate depth and breadth of post registration experience in the specialty area of Cancer Services nursing in the acute hospital setting, as relevant to the role.
  • Demonstrate depth and breadth of post registration nursing experience in the management of cancer services, as relevant to the role.

Professional / Clinical

The Clinical Nurse Manager 3 (Oncology/Haematology day ward/Infusion Suite) will:

  • Provide high level of professional and clinical leadership, specialist knowledge and clinical expertise in the speciality of Cancer Care. Promote and assist in the development of Advanced Practice roles in Cancer Care.
  • Ensure the co-ordination of services for cancer patients receiving surgery, chemotherapy in liaison with the multidisciplinary team in order to facilitate the seamless provision of cancer care.
  • In conjunction with the Cancer related Clinical Nurse Specialists, Cancer Specialist Consultant Teams, Primary Care team, GP and Public Health Nurses ensure that systems are in place to monitor care of patients receiving SACT (Systemic Anti Cancer therapy).
  • Provide safe, comprehensive nursing care to service users within the guidelines laid out by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland.
  • The Manager will practice nursing according to:
  • Professional Clinical Guidelines
  • National and Area Health Service Executive (HSE) guidelines
  • Local policies, protocols and guidelines
  • Current legislation
  • Manage, monitor and evaluate professional and clinical standards ensuring an evidence based, care planning approach.
  • Manage own caseload in accordance with the needs of the post.
  • Participate in teams as appropriate, communicating and working in co-operation with other team members.
  • Facilitate co-ordination, co-operation and liaison across healthcare teams and programmes.
  • Collaborate with service users, family, carers and other staff in treatment / care planning and in the provision of support and advice.
  • Communicate results of assessments, treatment / care programmes and recommendations to the team and relevant others in accordance with service policy / as required.
  • Formulate, manage and implement best practice policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that service users and others are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Ensure the maintenance of nursing records in accordance with local service and professional standards.
  • Adhere to and contribute to the development and maintenance of nursing standards, protocols and guidelines consistent with the highest standards of patient care.
  • Evaluate and manage the implementation of best practice policy and procedures e.g. admission and discharge procedures, control and usage of stocks and equipment, grievance and disciplinary procedures.
  • Maintain professional standards in relation to confidentiality, ethics and legislation
  • In consultation with other disciplines, implement and assess quality management programmes as appropriate.
  • Participate in clinical audit as required and ensure that clinical audits are performed in his/her area(s) of responsibility.
  • Initiate and participate in research studies as appropriate.
  • Devise and implement Health Promotion Programmes for service users as relevant to the post.
  • Operate within the Scope of Practice - seek advice and assistance from his / her manager with any cases or issues that prove to be beyond the scope of his / her professional competence in line with principles of best practice and clinical governance.
  • Ensure staff work in compliance with the Scope of Practice.

Health & Safety

The Clinical Nurse Manager 3 (Oncology/haematology/Infusion suite) will:

  • Ensure that effective safety procedures are developed and managed to comply with statutory obligations, in conjunction with relevant staff e.g. health and safety procedures, emergency procedures.
  • Take appropriate action on any matter identified as being detrimental to staff and/or service user care or well being / may be inhibiting the efficient provision of care.
  • Ensure adherence to established policies and procedures e.g. health and safety, infection control, storage and use of controlled drugs etc.
  • Ensure completion of incident / near miss forms.
  • Maintain a feedback mechanism with the clinical risk manager and report to senior management team where appropriate.
  • Ensure adherence to department policies in relation to the care and safety of any equipment supplied for the fulfilment of duty. Ensure advice of relevant stakeholders is sought prior to procurement e.g. CNS infection control, Occupational Therapist.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the role for example, Standards for Healthcare, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards etc and comply with associated HSE protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards.
  • Support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.

Education and Training

The Clinical Nurse Manager 3 (Oncology/haematology/Infusion suite) will:

  • Contribute to service development through appropriate continuous education, research initiatives, keeping up to date with nursing literature, recent nursing research and new developments in nursing management, education and practice and attend staff study days as considered appropriate.
  • Provide support advice to those engaging in continuous professional development in his / her area of responsibility.
  • Be familiar with the curriculum training programme for student nurses and be aware of the clinical experience required to meet the needs of the programme.
  • Create formal, practical and supportive environments for staff to develop skills and knowledge relating to patient care and professional development. Liaise with relavant thirld level institutions with regard to ongoing developments for the Post Graduate Diploma and Masters programmes relating to cancer care.
  • Participate in the identification, development and delivery of induction, education, training, rotation strategy and development programmes for nursing and multidisciplinary team.
  • Provide support supervision and professional development of appropriate staff.
  • Engage in performance review processes including personal development planning e.g. by setting own and staff objectives and providing and receiving feedback.
  • Collaborate with Health Promotion professionals with regards to increasing awareness and to the benefits of early diagnosis/treatment and screening activities.


The Clinical Nurse Manager 3 (Oncology/haematology/Infusion suite) will:

  • Exercise authority and co-ordinate the functions of the assigned area(s).
  • Provide support, advice and direction to staff as required.
  • Engage with the wider healthcare team and facilitate team building.
  • Facilitate communication at ward and departmental level and within the senior nurse/midwife team.
  • Provide staff leadership and motivation which is conducive to good working relations and work performance.
  • Promote a culture that values diversity and respect in the workplace.
  • Manage and promote liaisons with internal / external bodies as appropriate e.g. intra-hospital service, the community, voluntary organisations.
  • Contribute to the strategic management and planning process. Participate actively in the on-going development of the totality of the cancer services for the region and activities related to the implementation of the Cancer Control Strategy and Radiotherapy services.
  • Provide link with primary care and tertiary referral centres and other referral centres. Liaise with other professionals in other Cancer Control centres.
  • Formulate service plans and budgets in co-operation with the wider healthcare team.
  • Lead on practice development within the clinical area.
  • Manage resources, including staff, efficiently and effectively to ensure the highest standards of service. Maintain appropriate staffing levels and skill mix affecting service needs. This will include active involvement in recruitment and selection process for the nursing team.
  • Review existing process / systems with a view to measuring outputs and identifying improvements
  • Collaborate with the bed flow team, admissions team, discharge co-ordinator, Consultants and Clinical Nurse Managers with regard to bed availability, bed utilisation, length of stay and monitoring of patient activity and case-mix activity.
  • Manage and evaluate the implementation of the service plan and budget.
  • Provide reports on activity and services as required.
  • Develop and manage departmental and nursing policy with a particular emphasis on change management. Monitor as appropriate and lead on proactive improvement.
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements, policies and procedures affecting service users, staff and other hospital matters.
  • Actively participate in the Nursing Management structure by ‘acting up’ when required.
  • Engage in IT developments and cancer services clinical integrated systems as they apply to service user and service administration.
  • Provide monthly reports to Assistant Director/Director of Nursing on achievements, audits, metrics, absenteeism, challenges and suggestions for solutions.
  • Identify service development needs annually and submit for service planning.
  • Ensure that accurate documentation and record keeping is maintained.
  • Participate in developing a system for recording clinical activity.
  • Deputise for Assistant Director of Nursing as required.
  • The CNM3 Oncology/Haematology/Infusion suite will also support the Medical ADON and provide cover for annual leave/ days off. This will involve holding the medical ADON bleep having oversight and responsibility for the medical division in the absence of the ADON.  


  • The identification and development of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which are congruent with the hospital’s service plan targets.
  • The development of Action Plans to address KPI targets.
  • Driving and promoting a Performance Management culture.
  • In conjunction with line manager assist in the development of a Performance Management system for your profession.
  • The management and delivery of KPIs as a routine and core business objective.


  • Employees must attend fire lectures periodically and must observe fire orders.
  • All accidents within the Department must be reported immediately.
  • Infection Control Policies must be adhered to.
  • In line with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 all staff must comply with all safety regulations and audits.
  • In line with the Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Act 2004, smoking within the Hospital Building is not permitted.
  • Hospital uniform code must be adhered to.
  • Provide information that meets the need of Senior Management.

Risk Management, Infection Control, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety

  • The management of Risk, Infection Control, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety is the responsibility of everyone and will be achieved within a progressive, honest and open environment.
  • The post holder must be familiar with the necessary education, training and support to enable them to meet this responsibility.
  • The post holder has a duty to familiarise themselves with the relevant Organisational Policies, Procedures & Standards and attend training as appropriate in the following areas:           

                - Document Control Information Management Systems

                - Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives

                - Risk Management Strategy and Policies

                - Hygiene Related Policies, Procedures and Standards

                - Decontamination Code of Practice

                - Infection Control Policies

                - Safety Statement, Health & Safety Policies and Fire Procedure

                - Data Protection and confidentiality Policies

  • The post holder is responsible for ensuring that they become familiar with the requirements stated within the Risk Management Strategy and that they comply with the Hospitals Risk Management Incident/Near miss reporting Policies and Procedures.
  • The post holder is responsible for ensuring that they comply with hygiene services requirements in your area of responsibility. Hygiene Services incorporates environment and facilities, hand hygiene, catering, cleaning, the management of laundry, waste, sharps and equipment.
  • The post holder must foster and support a quality improvement culture through-out your area of responsibility in relation to hygiene services.
  • It is the post holders’ specific responsibility for Quality & Risk Management, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety will be clarified to you in the induction process and by your line manager.
  • The post holder must take reasonable care for his or her own actions and the effect that these may have upon the safety of others.
  • The post holder must cooperate with management, attend Health & Safety related training and not undertake any task for which they have not been authorised and adequately trained.
  • The post holder is required to bring to the attention of a responsible person any perceived shortcoming in our safety arrangements or any defects in work equipment.
  • It is the responsibility of the post holder to be aware of and comply with the HSE Health Care Records Management / Integrated Discharge Planning (HCRM / IDP) Code of Practice.


Essential Criteria

1. Professional Qualifications and Experience etc.

(a) Eligible applicants will be those who on the closing date for the competition:


(i) Are registered in the relavant division of the Register of Nurses & Midwives maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery

Board of Ireland (NMBI) (Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann) or be entitled to be so registered.




(ii) Have at least 5 years post registration experience full time (or an aggregate of 5 years post registration full time)

experience of which 2 years (or an aggregate of 2 years post registration full time experience) must be in the speciality

of Cancer Services.




(iii) Have the clinical, managerial and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role.




(iv) Candidates must demostrate evidence of continious professional developtment. 


(b)  Candidates must possess the requisite knowledge and ability including a high standard of suitability and clinical,

managerial and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role.


2. Annual Registration

(i) Practitioners must maintain live annual registration on the appropriate/relevant Division of the register of Nurses

and Midwives maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann).




 (ii) Confirm annual registration with NMBI to the HSE by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certificate (PSAC).


3. Health

Candidates for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached

to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and

efficient service.


4. Character

Candidates for and any person holding the office must be of good character.


Skills & Competencies

Candidates must: 

Technical & Professional Knowledge

Has a command over the technical/ professional skills and knowledge required within the job holder’s role and

continues to upskill to maintain high professional standards and continuous professional development requirements


Leadership and Management

Manages performance to deliver team goals; demonstrates accountability for leading, directing, monitoring and evaluating

RCSI Hospital Group services. Creates a climate in which people want to do their best. Promotes confidence and positive

attitude; influences others to follow a common goal.


Building & Maintaining Relationships

Builds and maintains relationships with a network of people. Recognises the two way nature of relationships and works to

develop mutually beneficial partnerships. Interacts with others in a manner that builds respect and fosters trust.


Commitment to Quality & Risk Management

The ability to focus on understanding stakeholder’s needs and expectations and to respond effectively and efficiently to them.

Has a good knowledge of and is committed to offer a quality service through the achievement of goals, accreditation standards,

other organisation/department standards and risk management frameworks and guidelines.


Problem Solving & Decision Making

Identifies and solves problems by understanding the situation, seeking additional information, developing and weighing alternatives,

and choosing the most appropriate course of action given the circumstances.


Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Speaks and writes clearly, fluently and effectively to both individuals and groups; communicates in a manner that will persuade,

convince and influence others, in order to motivate, inspire or encourage them to follow a particular course of action.


This Job Description is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the position and is subject to regular review and amendment.

The role holder will be required to be flexible in this position and is expected to facilitate working additional hours on occasion, when requested.


The RCSI Hospital Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer. 


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