18 month employment contract and part time academic programme


Successful applications will be employed as a Band 5 Staff Nurse

Start date

Please register your interest below and you will be notified of course dates once confirmed.

Who is it for?

Qualified Nurses who wish to work at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and further their education and professional development within the specialty of Cancer Care

About the programme

An exciting opportunity to work, learn and study at a world leading cancer centre. Gain experience in a range of clinical settings and study for a fully funded specialist cancer qualification at The Royal Marsden School. 

Two pathways:

18 month programme leading to a specialist qualification to equip you for your future career in cancer nursing.

24 month programme, which provides an additional six-month placement focusing on management, to 'fast track' successful students to a Band 6 Staff Nurse post.

The 24 month pathway requires the module ‘enhancing clinical leadership’ as part of your qualification. In the final six-month placement, you will be supported to develop your leadership and management skills in preparation for appointment to a Band 6 post.

General Programme information

Both pathways include three six-month placements at The Royal Marsden in Chelsea and  Sutton; support and training to develop skills in systemic anti-cancer therapy (SACT); and a funded education programme leading to a Post Graduate Certificate in Cancer Care or BSc (Hons) Cancer Practice or Graduate Diploma in Cancer Practice (depending on existing qualifications).

During the rotation programmes you will work as a Band 5 staff nurse in three different clinical units whilst studying for a formal cancer nursing qualification. Courses are validated by the University of East Anglia and are taught at our Chelsea hospital. Funding for your studies will be paid by The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. You will also receive study leave to attend classes. 

You will need one year post registration experience in an acute care setting, with demonstrable experience caring for patients with cancer, as well as commitment and motivation. Please see the job description for additional essential and desirable experience and attributes.

For an informal discussion, please contact Gary Etchell on 020 7808 2910. If you are interested in this opportunity, apply as soon as possible as it will close as soon as sufficient applications are received. Interview dates are 4 January and 8 January 2019.   

Successful applicants will be required to work within The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust for one year following completion of the programme.                         

Sarah Barwell, Ward Sister who completed the Nurse rotation Programme and gained her BSc said:

"I gained skills in chemotherapy, head and neck skills, cannulation, port accessing and being in charge of a shift whilst also completing a BSc in Cancer Care. I don’t believe I would be in the position I am in now as ward manager if I hadn’t done the rotation.  I really enjoyed the rotation, I formed good relationships with a variety of health care professionals within the hospital which then helped me to progress in my career”.

Register your interest

New dates for the academic year 2019/20 are due to be published at the end of May 2019. By registering your interest below, we will be in touch with you when the new dates are published.