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Research Nurse/ Clinical Research Practitioner Team Lead

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
5 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Full Time
We have a unique opportunity for a dedicated Team Lead to join the Cellular Therapy Trials team and be at the forefront of cutting-edge research within the Cambridge Cancer Trials Centre (CCTC).

Established in 2020, the Cellular Therapy Trials team has been leading innovative cancer research. We now seek someone to play a pivotal role in advancing this team and expanding the scope and impact of our cellular therapy initiatives within and beyond cancer.

As the Cellular Therapy Team Lead, you will shape the future of cellular therapy research within Addenbrooke's Hospital (CUH). You will collaborate closely with colleagues, including your Specialty Research Lead (SRL), Dr Ben Uttenthal, and other teams and departments across the Trust to facilitate safe and timely trial set-up and recruitment, navigating and prioritising multiple competing demands efficiently.

We seek someone with excellent leadership, diplomacy and organisational skills to steer and develop our specialised research team. A proactive and strategic mind-set will be crucial in driving the development and expansion of cellular therapy trials within CUH.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to contribute to life-changing research in the highly complex and rewarding field of advanced cellular therapy.

Main duties of the job

The Clinical Research Nurse / Practitioner Team Lead will be a member of the Cambridge Cancer Trials Team. The post-holder will work closely with the health care teams associated with the multidisciplinary team. Leading on recruiting patients into this very exciting portfolio - offering complex therapies to this patient group. They will line manage a small team but will be at the forefront of developing the Cellular Therapy service within CUH. To also be proactively part of the wider CCTC management team supporting other team leads and being involved in projects across the department.

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent support the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

Closing date is midnight on 2 July 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 9 July

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse/ Clinical Research Practitioner educated to Degree level or willingness to undertake
  • Evidence of continuous professional development.
  • Teaching qualification.


  • Research Module.
  • Masters Degree
  • Post registration qualification in speciality



  • Significant relevant experience in the Specialty and ability to demonstrate expert Clinical Research Practitioner/ nursing skills.
  • Previous experience of nursing/ Clinical research Practitioner within a research environment
  • Accept personal accountability for own practice.


  • Experience of formal/informal teaching.



  • Understanding of evidence-based practice.
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance.
  • Knowledge of clinical research infrastructure in the UK and relevant Research Governance legislation & regulations
  • Understanding of the requirements of Good Clinical Practice & possession of GCP Certificate
  • Knowledge of the role of the clinical research nurse/ Clinical research Practitioner and principles of informed consent for participation in research
  • Knowledge of health research methodology



  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Capable of working as an integral member of a small team.
  • Adaptable to changing situations due workload and colleagues' needs.
  • Ability to undertake teaching of staff and patients.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and manage own workload effective time-management.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to multidisciplinary working.
  • Demonstrate analytical and judgmental skills.
  • Ability to quickly appraise situation and act accordingly
  • Competent in the use of standard PC packages (Windows, MS Excel, Access etc)


  • Advanced Communication Skills.
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to initiate own research

Additional Requirements


  • To act in a professional manner at all times in accordance with NMC Code of Conduct.
  • Capable of developing liaisons with other practice areas/academic institutions.
  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.


  • Knowledge of broader issues related to specialty - political and Trust.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-R& D Divison

Hills Road



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