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Senior Clinical Research Nurse

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust is an international leader in cancer research and development and is one of the largest cancer treatment centre of its kind in Europe.

This post presents an exciting opportunity to join The Gynaecology Research Team with an extensive portfolio of early to later phase trials.

Main duties of the job

Key responsibilities of the post include leadership and management of a group of research nurses supporting the Research Nurse Team Leader, ensuring research is conducted within requirements of a multiregulated clinical research environment safeguarding the wellbeing of patients, raising the profile of the clinical research nurse and clinical trials and ensuring Divisional, Trust and national objectives.

You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills in line with The Christie values, possess strong motivation and have the ability to work independently. A background in oncology and research is essential, as it is experience in leadership and flexibility in working. You will interact with variety of research professionals across The Christie including the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility as well as across Manchesterand the widernetworks. You should have a proactive approach to self-development as well as being able to demonstrate initiative and expertise in team development and wider training programmes.

An informal visit to discuss the post is highly recommended.

About us

The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer and a wide range of support and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. We run one of the largest early clinical trial units in Europe with over 300 trials every year. Cancer research in Manchester, most of which is undertaken on the Christie site, has been officially ranked the best in the UK.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Clinical Research Co-ordination

Work autonomously in all areas of practice relating to clinical research.

Understand and deliver care in accordance with regulatory approved clinical research protocols.

Oversee the process for obtaining NHS permissions (R& D approval) for clinical trials within team. As project lead, ensures permissions are in place prior to any patient recruitment.

Undertake feasibility and risk assessments of clinical trial protocols in conjunction with Team Leader, Principle Investigator and Senior Clinical Trials Co-ordinator

Ensure all clinical trial activities are recorded in appropriate systems in a timely manner.

Awareness of trial specific, regional and national targets.

Initiate new recruitment strategies for recruiting patients to clinical trials including engagement with the research network.

In conjunction with Team Leader lead on the delegation of all trial related activities to research team members (clinical and administrative) and ensure compliance with SOPs and ICH/GCP.

Work with team leader and sponsor companies in the preparation and negotiation of financial contracts for individual trials.

Arrange and facilitate clinical trial related meetings.

In conjunction with Team Leader, oversee appropriate financial remunerations for clinical trial activity

Clinical Service and Professional Responsibilities

Assimilation of highly complex information relating to clinical trials and communication to patients at a level appropriate to their understanding. Ensure highly sensitive information is communicated to patients, relatives and carers regarding prognosis

Responsible for the development, implementation and review of specialist care pathways in conjunction with appropriate personnel.

Demonstration of expert knowledge in specialist area to maintain clinical excellence.

Set up processes/patient pathways in conjunction with appropriate personnel from specialist research areas to promote a cost effective timely service for individual protocols (shared care pathways, specialist clinics, etc).

Support Team Leader in delivering divisional and trust strategic objectives including performance indicators and metrics.

Escalation of governance issues impacting on delivery of job purpose.

To act as a primary contact point for the clinical trial patients and act as adviser to other health care professionals.

Responsibility for maintenance and development of professional knowledge and practice by attending mandatory and specialist training (e.g. GCP) in accordance with local policy

Ensuring care delivery standards in accordance with trial protocol, local policy, NMC Code of Practice Conduct and current best practice

Development and maintenance of a high quality service by:Overseeing the safe administration of all licensed and unlicensed medicinal products within the context of a clinical trial.Overseeing assessment and evaluation of treatment toxicities and initiation of appropriate intervention.Contribute to development of specialist Standard Operating Procedures and guidelines

Provide education and support for non-research staff in the delivery of protocol driven treatment for all patients.

Participate in monitoring and audit activities within research team

To carry out non-medical prescribing within scope of professional practice and in accordance with local policies and procedures and national legislation (optional and depending on clinical service needs).

Personal Education, Training and Development

Maintain professional development whilst evaluating own specialist knowledge and practice through a process of appraisal and personal development planning.

Promote the role of the clinical research nurse as an integral part of the healthcare system.

Increase and maintain awareness of current advances in cancer treatments, research and nursing practice thereby maintaining the highest standard of care for patients with cancer and implementing evidence based care by continuing professional development.

Participation in trust-wide education programmes and study days.

Obtain clinical supervision as appropriate.

To keep up to date with departmental, Trust, UK and EU developments for the management of clinical research ensuring timely, effective implementation of changes.

Attendance at team and divisional meetings.
  • Staff Management and Development

In conjunction with the team leader, provide the induction, continued supervision and management of the research teams.

In conjunction with the team leader, be responsible for ensuring all members of the research nurse team undergo regular appraisal, and support appropriate training and development opportunities in line with role requirements.

Lead on the development of specialist study days within own research team

Provide specialist education and training in relation to clinical trials to all key stakeholders.

Disseminate information by attendance and /or presentations at local, national and international conferences/meetings

Be responsible for the development of members of the research team.


All personnel involved in clinical research have a responsibility to ensure that clinical trials are conducted in accordance with the EU Directive and ICH/GCP.

Person Specification



  • First Level Registration
  • First Degree or equivalent experience
  • Post Registration oncology qualification or equivalent experience
  • Teaching and Assessing
  • GCP/ICH recognised recent training


  • Masters Degree



  • Experience of working autonomously and as part of a Multi-disciplinary team.
  • Relevant oncology nursing experience
  • Clinical research experience at Band 6 or other relevant experience related to specialism.
  • Experience in co-ordinating clinical trials from initiation to closure including archiving.
  • Experience of working autonomously and part of a multi-disciplinary team. Ability to organise and prioritise own workload.


  • Experience of working in a clinical research environment.
  • Experience of managing Clinical Research Teams
  • Experience of clinical audits both internal and external.
  • Experience of writing standards operating procedures for clinical research and individual protocols.



  • Highly effective communication skills
  • Effective team working across professional and organisational boundaries.
  • Good written and analytical skills. Involvement in informed consent process within scope of professional practice.
  • Co-ordinates care pathway for patients and carers participating in clinical research
  • Manages, assesses and supports the physical and psychological needs of the patient and carer.
  • Able to manage work autonomously. Training and leadership skills Demonstrable IT Skills able to use Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook


  • Intra-venous access and cannulation skills
  • Administration of clinical trial therapies.
  • Good presentation skills.



  • Knowledge of the clinical trial process
  • Knowledge of ICH-GCP
  • Knowledge of research governance framework
  • Knowledge of professional and NHS issues and policy relating to specialist area.
  • Has a working and intellectual knowledge of the purpose of clinical research.
  • Has specialist knowledge of Research Ethics Committees and has been actively involved in the process of gaining ethical approval and is able to guide members of the research team through the approval process
  • Knowledge of professional and NHS issues and policy relating to specialist area
  • Maintain Professional development and have an awareness of current nursing issues


  • Knowledge of Research Ethics Committees
  • Knowledge of the purpose of clinical research.



  • Maintain professional development and have an awareness of current nursing issues.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in working hours


  • Assertiveness

Employer details

Employer name

The Christie NHS FT


Gynae - Q00063


M20 4BX

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