Skip to main content

This site is independent of the NHS and the Department of Health.

Please wait, loading

Job summary

Main area
NHS AfC: Band 4
Fixed term: 18 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Bedford Hospital South Wing
£22,549 - £24,882 per annum
Salary period
23/01/2022 23:59

Employer heading

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Cancer Pathway Co-ordinator- NSS and Skin

NHS AfC: Band 4

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Cancer Services Team for a Cancer Patient Pathway Co-ordinator covering NSS and Skin pathways.

By monitoring and tracking cancer patients from the point of referral, and reporting on cancer waiting times, you will play a central role in ensuring their timely diagnosis and treatment. We are looking for a flexible and self-motivated administrator with good attention to detail and the initiative to work independently. This is a busy and demanding role requiring a high level of communication and organisational skills.

The role requires developing excellent working relationships with many key stakeholders such as Consultants, Clinical Nurse Specialists and MDT Co-ordinators at other Trusts.

An ability to meet deadlines and awareness of confidentiality issues are essential.

Good levels of computer literacy are essential, including previous experience of computerised information systems and experience of MS Office packages.  It is also essential that the postholder has previous NHS experience.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for:

Patient Navigating:

  • Prospective and proactive management of the inter-trust cancer pathway, monitoring, reporting and tracking cancer patients, ensuring that the patient’s journey is processed in a timely and efficient manner, in line with the SSG agreed pathway and with the Cancer Waiting Times Targets.
  • Resolving delays in the pathway at the earliest opportunity and where this is not possible escalating issues in accordance with Trust and network procedures



  • Co-ordinating and providing administrative support to the cancer S/LMDT(s), ensuring that all relevant paperwork and clinical information is available including case notes, imaging and pathology as necessary. To attend S/MDT’S keeping comprehensive records of attendance, outcomes as discussed.
  • Ensuring the timely and efficient transfer of patients and information between trusts involved in the patient pathway, adhering to network SSG agreed communication pathways and protocols


Data collection and analysis:

  • Ensuring data collection is undertaken in a prospective manner, assuring accuracy at all times. Using both local and national datasets, including Open Exeter and the Trust Cancer waiting Times data base.
  • Analysing target breaches and report to Cancer Manager and Lead S/LMDT clinician and S/LMDT Service Improvement Clinical Lead

Working for our organisation

Our Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

As part of our continued response to COVID19, we are closely following the Department of Health and Social Care's (DHSC) guidance and the government’s new mandatory COVID-19 vaccination legislation.  This means that full COVID19 vaccination will be a condition of employment in all NHS roles which have face-to-face contact with patients and service users from 1 April 2022 unless exempt.  This also means that by 3 February 2022 all such staff will need to have had their first COVID19 vaccination.  Should your role be identified as being within the scope of the legislation, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status or a legitimate exemption from these requirements as a condition of your employment.


All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post

Detailed job description and main responsibilities



1.1.1 General administrative duties for the department such as faxing, filing of all correspondence (including patient letters until EDRM introduced), results, photocopying and distribution of mail - identify and action any correspondence suitable for own response - produce relevant correspondence for consultant's reply.

1.1.2 Ensure copies of letters, discharge summaries etc. are sent, on request, within the agreed timeframe where appropriate.

1.1.3 Support the team in answering telephone calls and dealing with enquiries in a helpful and courteous manner, using initiative and discretion or directing the call to the appropriate staff member.

1.1.4 Ensure requests from clinicians/nursing staff for clinic changes, cancellations and creations are processed with the appropriate team in accordance to trust policy.

1.1.5 Respond to requests from clinicians to type up urgent letters when required.

1.1.6 Ensure all patient demographics and contact details are kept up to date on PiMS/Somerset.

1.1.7 When accessing patient records ensure computerised tracking systems are used appropriately.

1.1.8 Phone patients to provide instructions, reminders and information where necessary.

1.1.9 Attend and participate in meetings relevant to the role as required.

1.1.10 Check with Admissions on a regular basis that patients have been added appropriately to the elective waiting list.

1.1.11 Provide reasonable cross-cover for other patient navigators to ensure a consistent and effective administration service is maintained at all times.

1.1.12 Process confidential patient-sensitive documentation to and from patients, other healthcare professionals and external agencies.


1.1.13 Deal with concerns/complaints as appropriate, immediately escalating where necessary to the appropriate manager for prompt action.

1.1.14 This job description outlines the current main responsibilities of the post. However the duties of the post may change and develop over time and may therefore be amended in consultation with the post holder.




1.2.1 Manage referrals received by the specialty by working closely with clinicians to ensure that patients are placed on the correct clinical pathway.


1.2.2 Ensure that simple tests or pre-investigations have been ordered where necessary.


1.2.3 Ensure effective communication channels are in place and that key stakeholders including patients, families and carers are informed of the communication details and hours of work.


1.2.4 Arrange transport (in line with trust procedure) and translation services where necessary.


1.2.5 Identify and seek to resolve bottlenecks or delays in the patients’ pathways, escalating issues where necessary to the relevant service manager. Ensure that all patient administration is carried out in line with Trust policies and procedures.


1.2.6 Coordinate appropriate appointments for patients in partnership with the booking Office/RAS Team as directed by the clinicians in line with the clinical pathway and the patient’s individual needs to prevent multiple hospital attendances.


1.2.7 Monitor clinic lists to assess workflow and escalate any issues where necessary.


1.2.8 Ensure the patient understands their care pathway and is aware of appointments and any changes.


1.2.9 Monitor investigations and tests to ensure they have been completed and results/reports are available prior to appointments and consultations with the clinical team.


1.2.10 Ensure all appointments are compliant with the Trust Access Policy and national targets. Where appointments are cancelled these should be rebooked within the appropriate time frame.





1.3.1 Notify relevant departments and Medical Records when informed of the death of a patient and cancel future appointments to prevent further distress for families.


1.3.2 Ensure a high standard of data quality is maintained, arranging audit support and data validation where appropriate. This may include the coding of outpatient procedures as required.


1.3.3 Support the team as required with updating data on relevant shared drives and departmental databases.





1.4.1 Attend mandatory training required for administrative staff as outlined in the Trust Mandatory Training Framework and any training where updating of skills/knowledge is required.


1.4.2 Be proficient in the use of all electronic systems in relation to patient data and undertake training as required if new technology/electronic systems are introduced, to ensure competencies are maintained and efficiencies of the administrative processes maximised.


1.4.3 Participate in yearly staff appraisal, identifying professional development objectives and learning requirements.

The full Job description and Person Specification are attached to this job, please review for the full details and responsibilities.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Minimum of 3 GCSE’S, including English and Maths, or equivalent experience
Desirable criteria
  • IT skills equivalent to RSA2, NVQ2 or relevant experience of Microsoft Word Packages


Essential criteria
  • NHS experience, or NVQ 3 plus experience
  • Previous Administration experience
  • Good time management
  • Ability to prioritise own workload
  • Experience of data collection and analysis
  • Good computer skills including use of all Microsoft Office Packages
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of other computer software packages
  • Minute/note taking
  • Shorthand


Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Working knowledge of Databases
  • Knowledge of service improvement
  • Evidence of good attendance and timekeeping
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of patient administration system (PAS)
  • Knowledge of Health Service Circular (HSC) on Cancer performance targets

Personal skills

Essential criteria
  • Open/Reflective/Warm
  • Enthusiastic and self-aware
  • Creative and Flexible
  • Team focussed
  • Reliable, Adaptable and Dependable
Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - Good

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Gemma Fisher
Job title
Service Manager- Oncology
Email address
Telephone number
01234 355122
Apply online nowAlert me to similar vacancies