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Neurosciences Advanced Therapy Research Nurse Manager

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£51,706 to £58,210 per annum
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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Band 8A
Full Time

The Welsh Government Advanced Therapies Statement of Intent (2019) provides a compelling vision for a strategic approach to harness the benefits from emerging and transformative therapies called Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATIMPs). The intention is to create a sustainable platform to enable NHS Wales to provide patients with equitable access to emerging ATMPs, explore how this sector can contribute to the objectives of the Welsh Government's A Healthier Wales: Our Plan for Health and Social Care in Wales and deliver our full potential in the international and UK development of ATMPs.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (C& V UHB) and its Chief Executive Officer, as the Senior Responsible Officer for the Advanced Therapy Wales Programme, is committed to this Health Board making a major contribution to the successful delivery of this vision through the implementation of commissioned personalized cellular therapies (e.g. CAR-T) and through delivery of high quality ATMP trials across multiple disease areas.

Main duties of the job

A lead for neurosciences advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMP) trials is being sought in order to ensure appropriate research pathways are developed within University Hospital of Wales (UHW), Cardiff, thereby resulting in more ATMPs for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases being offered to the patients of Wales and beyond.

The Neurosciences Directorate at UHW has already successfully delivered a gene therapy clinical trial in Huntington's disease and it looking to rapidly expand its neuro advanced therapies portfolio with support from Advanced Therapies Wales (ATW) and Midland Wales Advanced Therapies Treatment Centres (MW-ATTC).

Ideally the candidate should be an experienced nurse with a background in surgery and research with a knowledge of advanced therapies, although for the right candidate thorough advanced therapies training will be provided through UK advanced therapies network.

An informal visit in person or via Teams is highly recommended.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and management of the neurosciences ATMP clinical research team at C& V UHB. The post holder will have complete oversight of all aspects of clinical research activity within the designated Neurosciences ATMP team(s), this includes:
  • Responsibility for delivering the UHB Neurosciences ATMP objectives.
  • Optimising service provision for Neurosciences ATMP trials.
  • Trial workforce planning and financial management of Neurosciences ATMP trials.
  • Timely delivery of Neurosciences ATMP trials.
  • Monitoring of quality standards and escalation of identified risks /sharing of best practice
  • Work across UHB directorates and clinical boards and with external collaborators/organisations to ensure appropriate patient pathways for involvement in Neurosciences ATMP trials. This will include:
  • Building relationships with all stakeholders and service departments to ensure appropriate engagement.
  • Acting as a subject matter expert in relation to ATMP trials.
  • Contributing to appropriate work packages in relation to patient pathway development.

Person Specification



  • RGN level 1 or healthcare equivalent
  • M.Sc. (or equivalent level of knowledge and experience) Evidence of management/ leadership
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • Prince 2 (or equivalent project management qualification)
  • Ph.D.



  • Substantial neurology/ neurosurgery clinical experience
  • Significant experience undertaking, co-ordinating and managing clinical research including financial planning and financial probity
  • Experience of developing and working within multidisciplinary teams and cross organisation working
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own work load
  • Significant experience of working on ATMP trials


  • Experience of staff management
  • Teaching/Training experience



  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Effective team working across professional and organisational boundaries.
  • Demonstrate broad range of management skills.
  • Capable of leading and initiating change.
  • Research clinical skills.
  • Clinical competencies to support complex patient care and monitoring.


  • Capable of presenting research related information to a wide audience



  • Expert knowledge of the clinical trials process and regulatory frameworks.
  • Working knowledge of the challenges of ATMP.


  • Strategic thinker



  • Expert knowledge of the clinical trials process and regulatory frameworks.
  • Working knowledge of the challenges of ATMP.



  • Flexible approach to work
  • Enjoys new challenges and developing others
  • Outgoing personality with ability to forge new relationships outside the Neurosciences Directorate


  • The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this role

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


University Hospital of Wales

Heath Park


CF14 4XW

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