Cancer Nurse – Community Hub

Recruiter
Irish Cancer Society
Employment Type
Permanent
Salary
€56,600 per annum
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WHO WE ARE

At the Irish Cancer Society, we have a vision that by 2025, 3 out of 4 Irish cancer patients will survive their diagnosis and everyone affected by the disease will have access to world-class treatment, care and support. A cancer diagnosis impacts all areas of a person’s life. At the Irish Cancer Society, we aim to reduce this burden of cancer and improve the quality of life for everyone affected by cancer.

To do this, the Irish Cancer Society is setting up a new community based service, starting in North Dublin. This service will support people affected by cancer in the area, by giving easy access to nurse-led information and advice, financial and practical supports, exercise and nutrition services, and emotional and psychological supports.

The community service will be delivered by a cross-disciplinary team, and will work from a new “hub”, as well as providing outreach services in different locations across North Dublin.

We are looking for a Cancer Nurse to join this new team.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

The Cancer Nurse will be responsible for the day-to-day management of a Community Support Hub, including some staff – initially the Community Support Hub Administrator but this will grow. The Community Support Hub will be a new physical space, where individuals affected by cancer can access the supports and services they need. The Cancer Nurse will also directly provide cancer information and support to people who need it; conduct assessments of the wider needs of people who contact the hub, and refer on to other supports and services internally and externally. As a Cancer Nurse in our Community Support Hub, you will assess the holistic needs of a person affected by cancer, and put in place the necessary supports and services to help that person.

The Cancer Nurse will also work with the wider Survivorship and Community Supports Team to advance and develop the community service, build relationships with stakeholders, and work on new initiatives and projects to support the goal of reducing the burden of cancer.

If you are passionate about supporting people affected by cancer; are person focused in your nature; and want to take your career to the community, with opportunities for development and learning, this role is for you.

Join us to change the lives of people affected by cancer in Ireland.

Leadership of the community hub

  • Establish and embed a culture of excellence, innovation and person-centred care in the community hub.
  • Ensure that the Community Support Hub is a welcoming and inviting space, open when advertised, and is suitable to welcome individuals affected by cancer.
  • Manage and support the staff, contractors and volunteers within the hub so that they can work effectively as a high-performing team, and support and develop their personal and professional development.
  • Manage utility bills, and other payments that are needed to run the hub.
  • Work to expand the reach and impact of the community hub and the wider community service.
  • Identify opportunities for events, additional services or supports to benefit people affected by cancer and expand the reach and impact of the community service.
  • Continually seek out ways to develop our services and supports and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our work.

Delivering person-centred care

  • Complete Holistic Needs and Comprehensive Assessments with individuals affected by cancer in the Community Hub, or in the home/where required.
  • Create a Support Plan with the individual affected by cancer based on the Assessments and ensure their needs/concerns have been addressed.
  • Provide information to individuals affected by cancer (e.g. leaflets, booklets, etc.) or signpost them to other internal services within the Irish Cancer Society, as well as other relevant health care professionals and/or organisations.
  • Ensure that all personal details are stored securely, and in line with the Irish Cancer Society’s GDPR policies and procedures.
  • Make every effort to ensure that evidence-based information is given to individuals affected by cancer, both verbal and written, is from reliable sources.

Information Development and Education

  • Develop and update information about cancer types, cancer treatments and other clinical and related content for delivery in a range of formats for people affected by cancer and the general public.
  • Support with the ongoing management of the Directory of Services.
  • Present patient education programmes as designed and implemented by the Irish Cancer Society, both online and in person.

Professional Development and knowledge sharing

  • Maintain a knowledge base on developments in cancer care and resources/services for cancer patients throughout the country.
  • Participate in courses/workshops/conferences/online education resources as appropriate to maintain own knowledge and awareness of cancer and related issues.
  • Proactively share knowledge across colleagues and the organisation to support the enhancement of person-centred supports and care for people affected by cancer.
  • Work as an effective member of the wider Survivorship and Community Support Team, sharing knowledge and ideas, participating in team initiatives, and working to expand the reach and impact of the community service.
  • Participate in Clinical Supervision.

Communication and Promotion of the Irish Cancer Society

  • Present to various internal and external groups on aspects of cancer, from cancer prevention to cancer treatments, side-effects and follow-up care, as well as the different services available in the Irish Cancer Society.
  • Participate and assist with the Irish Cancer Society exhibition stands at various workshops /conferences for both patients and health care professionals.
  • Keep informed and participate in Irish Cancer Society campaigns and events as required, which may result in an increased number of calls or emails on a specific issue.
  • Communicate and work effectively with other departments such as Advocacy, Communication, Research and Fundraising.
  • Take part in media relations activity on behalf of the Irish Cancer Society.

Relationship management

  • Develop and manage external relationships with the local community, community groups, clinicians and any other relevant stakeholders.
  • Proactively develop referral pathways with external organisations to be able to support the needs of those affected by cancer.

General

  • Provide cover as and when required in other roles, such as the Support Line or Daffodil Centre.
  • Support with events / training in the Community Support Hub which may be in the evenings and at weekends.
  • There may be some evening and weekend work.

WHO YOU ARE

The right candidate for this role is:

A people person: whether it’s supporting someone in the Community Support Hub, working with colleagues and volunteers, or engaging with clinicians you understand what makes people tick, and create effective relationships.

A great communicator: you are able to communicate effectively across multiple channels (face-to-face, written, digital) and adopt your style to meet the audience where they are.

A superb leader: you are able to positively lead people to meet their goals, delegate when needed and support a team in a developing service. You know the value of the people who work for you.

Wonderfully organised: you are able to manage lots of different tasks at the same time, keep things ‘going as planned’ and take pride in running a tight ship.

Technologically savvy: you’re comfortable using digital and technology tools for the management and delivery of programmes, and identifying new ways that technology can support your work. You know your way around the Microsoft platform.

Flexible and open to travel: you are willing to be a team player and get involved with other events in the organisation such as Roadshows, Daffodil Day or training events and this may mean travelling to different locations.

YOUR QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Registered General Nurse, be on the active register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
  • The typical candidate will have at least two years’ recent experience in cancer nursing, but the Irish Cancer Society measures experience by the quality of the experience gained, rather than the number of years worked.
  • Preferably two years of people / project / service management experience – this does not need to be in a clinical setting.
  • Post registration qualification in cancer nursing (minimum of diploma level qualification).
  • Demonstrated evidence of continuing professional development at the appropriate level.

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send curriculum vitae and cover letter to Nicola Cosgrove, HR Department Administrator by email to

The closing date for applications is 26th July 2022.

The Irish Cancer Society is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.