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Clinical Research Practitioner I

Employer
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London
Salary
£34,089 to £41,498 a year p.a. inc. HCA
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Profession
Healthcare scientist, Researcher
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic Clinical Research Practitioner who enjoys being at the forefront of research. The post holder will provide a full administrative and clinical service to the research team with responsibility for timely and accurate data reporting and will have a pivotal role in the clinical conduct of cancer clinical trials.Applications are sought from experienced research professionals and administrators with a life science background, an eye for detail and excellent communication and organisational skills.

Main duties of the job

Lead on a portfolio of trials and coordinate participation. This requires liaising with the clinical team to organise and ensure that trial specific investigations are undertaken according to the protocol, paying particular attention to accurate data collection and dissemination and version control of essential documentation.

Devise, implement and evaluate strategies for recruiting participants into clinical studies and identify individuals potentially eligible for research studies.

For specific studies post holder may be delegated to obtain consent from participants in line with Trust policy and research protocol.

Organise and facilitate participant appointments and follow-up phone calls.

About us

As part of Kings Health Partners, the Oncology and Haematology Clinical Trials (OHCT) team is made up of fifty plus staff members consisting of Research Nurses, Clinical Trial Practitioners, Clinical Trial Coordinators and the Safety & Support Team at Guys' and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

We work closely with the oncology and haematology medical teams to recruit patients to our trials and to ensure patients are monitored closely throughout. We have a large portfolio of Phase II and III trials which are split into teams for specific tumour groups. We also have a team dedicated to early phase trials and run weekly early phase clinics in the ClinicalResearch Facility. We attract commercial and non-commercial trials, ranging from interventional drug or radiotherapy trials to observational studies.

Our mission statement is 'Improving treatment choice, clinical care and outcomes for cancer patients through innovation, dedication and excellence in clinical trials'.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical and communication responsibilities

Provide excellent customer care skills to ensure patients and participants come first.

Work within relevant regulations and ICH GCP (International Conference on Harmonisation and Good Clinical Practice) ensuring that the clinical trial protocol is adhered to at all times.

Lead on a portfolio of trials and coordinate participation. This requires liaising with the clinical team to organise and ensure that trial specific investigations are undertaken according to the protocol, paying particular attention to accurate data collection and dissemination and version control of essential documentation.

Devise, implement and evaluate strategies for recruiting participants into clinical studies and identify individuals potentially eligible for research studies. Gain permissions for research contacts.

For specific studies post holder may be delegated to obtain consent from participants in line with Trust policy and research protocol.

Organise and facilitate participant appointments and follow-up phone calls.

Accurately perform and record observations of clinical activities required according to personal competencies and the study protocol and obtain the results including blood pressure, temperature, respirations, questionnaires, urinalysis, weight and height, and report abnormalities or changes appropriately

Report any adverse events or health concerns which occur whilst the participant is taking part in the study to the appropriate doctor or nurse in a timely manner, and to the appropriate principal or co-investigator.

Liaise with pharmacy to co-ordinate the availability and dispensing of study drugs if appropriate.

Perform tasks requiring clinical and laboratory skills, including phlebotomy,venepuncture, tissue and blood sample preparation within clinic and laboratory in line with personal competencies and approved study protocol

Process biological samples according to personal competencies and the study-specificprotocol and laboratory manual and organise the storage, shipment and documentation of samples.

Provide ongoing support to the participant and carer whilst participating in the clinical study.

Communicate study related information effectively with the research team and study participants and their family members. This information may be complex or sensitive, and there may be barriers to understanding.

Communicate effectively and efficiently specialised advice pertaining to research protocols to members of the multidisciplinary team.

Engage effectively with other departments and wards at the site/s, in order to promote a good working environment, integration of research and open channels of communication.

Communicate with external study coordinators and sponsor representatives, nationally and internationally.

Attend and participate in departmental meetings and help promote new ideas and methods and assist in their implementation.Attend and participate in multidisciplinary team meetings.Arrange, attend and record minutes for research and other relevant departmental meeting.Attend national and international study specific meetings and disseminate information to members of the multi-disciplinary team as required.

Information and data management

Update participant study and medical records to accurately document study related activity and procedures.

Ensure the confidentiality of verbal, written and computerised information.

Complete case report forms in a precise and timely manner, ensuring that all the relevant clinical data in the participants medical notes and study file is transcribed accurately.

Responsible for the maintenance of the Investigator Site Files.

Aid with local study set up to ensure all applicable documents are ready to use once relevant approvals are received. Organise study set up visits, involving all relevant departments.

Create databases, validate and maintain them and ensure their security andcompliance with the data protection act.

Update and maintain centralised database.

Responsible for ensuring that all data queries are dealt with in a timely and efficient manner.

Assist in the creation and maintenance of good office systems for the smooth running of the service.

Plan, prepare documentation and participate in audit and monitoring visits.

Implement strategies to ensure full and accurate data-set for all study participants.

Process amendments according to standard operating procedure as received in a timely manner.

Collate data and compile reports for the Clinical Lead, Research Managers and commercial sponsors as required.

Provide timely information and reports to reflect recruitment of patients including timely entry to EDGE according to team processes.

Person Specification

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working in a relevant research setting
  • Experience of working on own and in multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of working in a patient/participant facing role


Desirable

  • Experience with electronic case report forms
  • Experience of working on clinical trials of drugs.


Skills

Essential

  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills and ability to communicate well
  • Ability to work as an effective team member and using own initiative
  • Up to date knowledge relevant to clinical research and good clinical practice
  • Excellent organisational skills


Desirable

  • Presentation skills
  • Proficient in conducting ECG.


Knowledge

Essential

  • Demonstrable theoretical knowledge equivalent to degree/NVQ Level 6 qualification in life sciences or related field
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


Desirable

  • Relevant course to clinical area


Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Guy's Hospital

London

SE1 9RT

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