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CRUK Lead Nurse Wales

Powys Teaching Health Board
£51,706 to £58,210 per annum pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional individual to be appointed as a Band 8a CRUK Senior Research Nurse who will be responsible for strong clinical leadership and will support national CRUK priorities and activities and delivery of the CRUK Strategy (2023) in Wales.

The CRUK Senior Research Nurse will be an experienced independent specialist practitioner who will work within the National Research Delivery Team to lead and support workforce development initiatives and workplans.

The post holder will have a key role in the clinical operational implementation and management of cancer research delivery programmes across Wales.

The post holder will require excellent communication skills, have a positive and flexible approach to the needs of the Service, be motivated, ready for the next challenge and enjoy working as part of a very busy team.

The post may close early if sufficient applications are received.

Main duties of the job

The key duties are to:
  • be responsible for strong dynamic clinical leadership for alignment and management of the CRUK Strategy (2023) in Wales.
  • have a key role in developing and implementing the ambitions of One Wales research delivery in the cancer setting.
  • drive strategies to raise awareness and value of research as NHS core business and will proactively implement and support innovative approaches to delivering cancer trials.
  • work closely with the rest of the CRUK Senior Research Nurse network to identify and deliver on network-wide objectives.
  • play a key role within strategic groups in Wales including workstreams within the Wales Cancer Research Centre and in relation to the CReSt strategy meetings and forums related to Advanced Therapies Wales Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre Wales and strategic partnerships with industry related to cancer clinical trials and other CRUK funded infrastructure across Wales.
  • work with the National Research Delivery Team to lead and support workforce development initiatives and workplans and to support national CRUK priorities and activities related to the research delivery workforce across NHS Wales.
  • represent devolved nations as required at CRUK meetings/events nationally and internationally.

About us

This is a Health & Care Research Wales post, hosted by Powys Teaching Health Board.

Health and Care Research Wales is a networked organisation, supported by Welsh Government, which brings together a wide range of partners across the NHS in Wales, local authorities, universities, research institutions, third sector and others.

Health and Care Research Wales works in support of Welsh Government's overarching goal which is to ensure that today's research makes a difference to tomorrow's care.

Its mission is to promote, support and provide collective oversight of health and social care research in Wales. Ensuring it is of the highest international scientific quality, is relevant to the needs and challenges of health and social care in Wales and makes a difference to policy and practice in ways that improve the lives of patients, people, and communities in Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Person Specification



  • Nursing degree first level registration and current nursing registration
  • Educated to master's level, undertaking or willing to undertake a MSc
  • Substantial Oncology Experience including experience in undertaking, coordinating and managing clinical research
  • Knowledge of cancer research cancer services in NHS organisations
  • Understanding of cancer medical and research terminology and concepts
  • Specific domain/theoretical/ practical knowledge of organisations, processes, policy knowledge relevant to cancer research
  • Capable of leading and initiating change



  • Working within NHS setting to deliver commercial and non- commercially funded research
  • Professional leadership at an operational level
  • Experience of supporting service users and / or their carers in research involvement
  • Significant management experience in an NHS senior role including staff management
  • Extensive experience in research management within the NHS/Healthcare setting
  • Experience of partnership building between organisations
  • Proven and significant leadership experience including experience of leadership in organisational change
  • Project management qualification or significant experience in managing complex and large projects/programmes
  • Strong understanding of Research Governance and the legislative framework
  • Understanding of the NHS clinical environment
  • Flexible approach to working including problem solving skills, management of change and a desire to develop knowledge
  • Highly specialised knowledge of current UK environment for cancer clinical research in the NHS
  • Up to date specialist knowledge/experience of legislation, national policy and guidance relevant to Research Nurses

Aptitude and Abilites


  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively as part of a multi professional organisational team.
  • Ability to work on own workload with minimal supervision working to tight and often changing timescales and able to prioritise own workload
  • Be diplomatic, assertive and articulate with highly developed interpersonal communication and presentation skills
  • Be innovative adaptable and responsive to change.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Excellent organisational / administrative skills
  • Excellent written and communication skills. Able to write clear and concise reports
  • Able to prioritise and manage time effectively and deliver results on time, meeting strict deadlines
  • Computer literacy (including all MS packages & internet skills)
  • Ability to operate at all levels throughout an organisation and across all sites
  • High degree of empathy with staff, patients and research - participants
  • Ability to plan, manage and deliver projects and activities, involving multiple agencies and individuals to tight deadlines



  • Additional demonstrable qualities that may be beneficial to the role, e.g. care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment



  • Experience and evidence of engagement around the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda
  • Able to actively support the development of a culture that recognises and promotes equality, values diversity, and actively leads by example in deploying these qualities
  • Demonstrable evidence of taking pride in delivering professional services and solutions.
  • Ability to work together in an environment of equality, trust and respect to deliver services that strive to exceed the needs and expectations of customers.
  • Able to meet the frequent travel needs of the post, across the UK and specifically for face to face meetings with CRUK SRN, minimum 3 times per year
  • The post holder will be required to travel to any location as required by the organisation which may be remote and distant and may mean occasional overnight stays away from home.
  • Able to work remotely and work hours flexibly.
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and staff development

Employer details

Employer name

Powys Teaching Health Board


North, South East or South West Wales


CF11 9AB

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