Senior Oncology Research Nurse

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cancer nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has become available for a nurse with research experience to work within the oncology research department, based at the Kent Oncology Centre, Maidstone hospital. The post sits within the lung oncology specialism and will support the delivery of a growing lung research portfolio. The Senior Oncology Research Nurse for Lung will work as part of a dynamic, supportive and growing oncology research team to deliver lung clinical trials and new healthcare innovations. Working closely with Kent Oncology Centre staff, you will utilise your clinical skills by caring for your own trial patients, help to deliver new innovations and support the development of a dynamic lung research team. You will supported by a dedicated Clinical Trial Co-ordinator.

About you.

You will be chemotherapy-trained nurse with an understanding of the lung pathway. You will have experience of supporting senior nurse colleagues in a ward setting and be looking to move into a new leadership role. This is an ideal career opportunity for those looking to learn new skills and to move into the area of innovative healthcare. You will be encouraged to continue your education and undertake training in support of research.

Whilst this is a permanent role, we are open to applications preferring a secondment. Ideally the post holder will be full time, however, flexible working will be considered.

Main duties of the job

The Senior Research Nurse will work as an experienced research practitioner within the Research and Innovation Team, to support delivery of a wide portfolio of research studies across the Trust. The Senior Research Nurse will have oversight of a number of portfolios within the oncology department.

They will manage the research delivery team empowering them to provide the necessary support so that studies can be conducted safely, efficiently and to research regulatory standards and targets. They will also be responsible for their own case load of research studies which they will consent and recruit patients to. The post will also involve promoting and embedding research within the Trust, acting as a resource to patients and multi-professional colleagues and building effective working relationships with other, departments and organisations. The post holder will be required to work closely with the Trust Lead Research Nurse, and other senior members of the research and innovation team, in driving forward the Trust research strategy.

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 500,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ over 6,500 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Following your Corporate Induction you will be expected to attend the Trusts 2-week Induction Programme for RNs, NAs, RMs, ODPs and Paramedics. The programme is full-time (please email if this is problematic)and will involve travel to both Trust sites. The programme includes supernumerary shifts in the clinical area, classroom-based sessions and e-learning.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Enhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Person Specification



  • Degree/Diploma in nursing
  • SACT qualification or equivalent
  • Registered with the NMC


  • Working towards Masters or post degree qualification



  • Clinical research experience within the NHS or similar environment.
  • Experience of leadership within the clinical setting
  • Knowledge of MHRA/GCP/UK policy
  • Extensive experience of managing clinical trials within the oncology setting


  • Experience of supporting a range of both commercial and non-commercial and UPH studies within the NHS
  • Management course/Appraisal training
  • Leadership course



  • Ability to prioritise workload and manage own time effectively
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to develop new skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to work as part of a team and excellent collaborative skills
  • Performs well under pressure
  • Well developed clinical skills
  • Ability to line manage a team
  • Work in a fair and inclusive manor

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Maidstone Hospital

Hermitage Lane


ME16 9QQ

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