Rapid Diagnostic Service Lead Nurse

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for Rapid Diagnostic Service Lead Nurse at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). In this role you will be the Lead Nurse for the new Wessex Rapid Diagnostic Service and will have an instrumental role in the development and running of this service.

Please note this role will be based at Southampton General Hospital initially but we hope to move to the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) Headquarters in Otterborne.  This will be the physical location of the Rapid Diagnostic Service which is jointly hosted by UHS and SCAS.

The post holder will be required to work a pattern which gives cover over all five working days, Monday to Friday.


You will be joining an exciting, new and developing service, the Wessex Rapid Diagnostic Service (RDS).This is a regional service which is delivered using a virtual model, to provide a cancer fast track referral route for patients seen in Primary Care with non-specific symptoms.  The RDS aims to speed up diagnosis for this typically hard to diagnose group and to improve overall patient experience.

You will be part of a small team and will very much be part of shaping and developing this new service as it scales over the next four years.  The service has four years of national funding to develop it and broaden its scope before becoming embedded as part of business as usual for our regional cancer pathways and services.


  • On a day to day basis you will be engaging directly with clinical, medical and nursing teams in the management of patents, providing specialist advice, skills leadership, collaboration and consultancy.

  • You will undertake autonomous working through provision of initiation of investigations, interpretation of results and optimising patients’ condition in discussion with the multidisciplinary team, acting as the nursing lead for the service.

  • You will work closely with the RDS Team, actively contributing to the overall management and strategic direction of the service.

  • You will also work closely with primary care colleagues, including the Hub GP in the first instance, with plans to expand the service to incorporate emergency and 111 referrals.


You will be someone who is able to perform at an advanced level within the four broad based competencies of advanced nursing practice:

- Expert clinical practice;

- Leadership and collaborative practice;

- Improving quality and developing practice;

- Developing self and others.

  • You will be working towards MSc in Advanced Practice and will have skills in non-Medical Prescribing and have an accredited Examination and History Taking qualification.

  • You will have excellent, proven, leadership and communication skills.

  • You will be able to work autonomously as our nursing lead and will provide a strong clinical presence; assuring the provision of a safe, effective and evidence based nursing and medical care to patients.

  • You will be motivated and enthusiastic with personal drive and ability to use your own initiative to work independently.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.             

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and s...

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large numbers of applications are received.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of your application. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected for interview.

Applicants from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust whose posts are considered to be ‘At Risk’ will be given prior consideration for this post

Our Trust runs the return to practice course each year for nurses who have been out of the profession and wish to return.  To find out more please visit our website:


http://www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/   Information on Southampton as a place to live and enjoy

https://www.uhs-vle.co.uk/   See what fantastic training and development we have on offer at UHS

http://www.youtube.com/user/SouthamptonHospitals   learn about the Trust through visiting our YouTube channel 

Getting to Work

Application can be made for parking on site at UHS or through one of the park and ride schemes.  This will be based on specific criteria to determine eligibility for site parking as this can be very limited.  UHS encourages staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible.   UHS is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.

Please note that we will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

Our staff are positive about working at UHS and rate us above average compared to other NHS Trusts in the  Staff Attitude Survey. We are rated strongly on a number of areas including teamwork, communication and engagement.

Equality remains at the centre of all Trust policy making, service delivery and employment practice with all employees being given equality of opportunity to develop, apply for promotion and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

The Trust actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. The Trust also closely monitors recruitment activity, training and development and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

As a service provider the Trust ensures equality of access and delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for patients ethnic and religious differences and needs.

Relocating to Southampton

If you are thinking of moving to the Hampshire area, please find below a link to our website which offers guidance on finding accommodation:


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University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Southampton, Hampshire (United Kingdom)

Phone: +44 123456789
Web: http://careers.uhs.nhs.uk/

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18 June 2020
Location: United Kingdom Hampshire Southampton
Salary: £45,753 - £51,668 per annum GBP per year
Work type:
Full time
Healthcare and Medical
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