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Research Nurse

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum incl. HCAS
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated oncology nurse to join the GI and Lymphoma Research team. They will undertake the role of the key worker supporting all patients entering clinical trials in the unit. These trials may be related to anti-cancer treatment (e.g. chemotherapy, radiotherapy, biological therapy, gene therapy or surgery), symptom management or some other aspect of cancer care, such as screening.

Central to the role are the recruitment, education and monitoring of patients entering a clinical trial. Working closely with the principal investigator and members of the multidisciplinary team, s/he will support patients who choose to participate in clinical trials by providing advice and information and acting as the patients' advocate. An important aspect of the role is the maintenance of accurate and comprehensive records of data derived from the research studies. The post holder will be involved in ensuring that any research undertaken within the department safeguards the well being of the patients, and is conducted within ICH Good Clinical Practice Guidelines for Research.

Liaison with pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions during trial development will be required. There will be the opportunity to attend study days, further education courses and conferences relevant to the speciality.

Main duties of the job

  • To coordinate arrangements required for patients undergoing specialist investigations as part of the research protocol.
  • To assess the patient prior to trial treatment, monitor the patient receiving trial treatment and follow the patient up on completion of trial treatment as required by protocol.
  • To collect and accurately record data in accordance with requirements of the trial protocol.

About us

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital.

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits, learning and development opportunities and clear career pathways. There are opportunities to work flexibly across a range of areas and specialities and we welcome flexible working requests from point of hire to support employees work life balance. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification:
  • To provide advice and information to patients/volunteers with regard to their participation in clinical research in order to facilitate effective informed consent, ensuring the patient (or where appropriate the parent/ guardian or next of kin) fully understands the nature of the clinical trial, of voluntary entry to the clinical trial and freedom to withdraw at any time without prejudice to treatment.
  • To act as a support for patients and relatives throughout the trial, providing information as well as physical, spiritual and emotional support where necessary, and referring to other healthcare professionals where appropriate.
  • To assist the medical team in the assessment of patients/volunteers and monitoring their condition throughout their participation in the clinical trial.

Person Specification



  • First level registration
  • Post registration oncology qualification or equivalent relevant qualification
  • Basic computer Literacy
  • Research methods education
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development


  • Relevant diploma / degree
  • Competence in research orientated PC software (Access, Excel, SPSS)



  • Experience as a senior staff nurse or above working in a clinical research environment
  • Experience as a senior staff nurse in oncology nursing
  • Previous experience in clinical speciality of post applied for e.g. haematology, gynaecology, palliative care
  • Personal and Leadership Management experience


  • Experience of co-ordinating IRAS submissions

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


The Royal Marsden Hospital Sutton



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