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Specialist Screening Practitioner (Bowel Cancer)

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Registered Nurse who wishes to join our existing team of Specialist Screening Practitioners (SSP).

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role:

Commissioned by NHSE, the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme covers North, East and Mid Devon and is delivered across two Hospital sites; Exeter and Barnstaple with future delivery plans to include Tiverton.

The successful applicant will be working as part of the Multidisciplinary team ensuring the delivery of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. Although predominately based at our Exeter site; you will be required to deliver the service at both sites and therefore must be able to demonstrate a flexible approach in ensuring cross site cover is achieved.

The role of the SSP is to facilitate the patient journey for those referred to the centre with a positive FIT test or under the Lynch's syndrome surveillance. This involves giving patients the required information to enable them to make appropriate choices for investigation and carrying out health assessments either by telephone or a clinical setting. SSPs are also responsible for preparing and attending Bowel Cancer Screening endoscopy lists.

Applicants will be expected to be up to date in their practise; able to develop their skills and contribute to the development of the BCSP. They will follow the Right Results Right Patient Policy and will be involved in the auditing of patient notes and datasets to evaluate the accuracy and standards of patient care.

It is important that applicants have good IT and organisational skills along with the ability to communicate with both patients and the wider multi-disciplinary team.

An essential requirement of the post is to attend a Specialist Screening Practitioner course at Degree level (40 credits) this is taught at Liverpool John Moores or Plymouth University. The role requires the successful candidate to undertake further training to enable them to fulfil the SSP requirements.

If you are interested in this position, we would welcome informal visits to the Department to find out more about what the job entails.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week, over 7 days a week

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Thomas Mulazzani; Bowel Cancer Screening Lead Nurse on

This is a fixed term contract for 6 months. For current NHS employees this post could be a secondment opportunity.

This is an internal vacancy for Royal Devon employees, therefore Bank workers are currently not eligible to apply for this vacancy.

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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