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Clinical Research Nurse

The Christie NHS FT
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
20 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Please note that this post is offered as a permanent contract at 37.5 h/week.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Research and Innovation Division at The Christie. We are looking to appoint a Clinical Research Nurse to the Melanoma research delivery team within The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

This post presents an opportunity to join an established research team with a varied portfolio of clinical trials as a Clinical Research Nurse (CRN). The Melanoma disease research team is responsible for a varied portfolio of academic and commercial clinical trials.

Key responsibilities of the post include supporting the coordination of the patient's pathway through an agreed portfolio of clinical trials across Melanoma. Excellent communications skills in all forms are required for this role for difficult clinical conversations with patients and their families.

The successful candidate will be someone with excellent organisational & time management skills to be the key contact for patients referred for and being treated on melanoma clinical trials.

Central to this role is the responsibility of assessing and managing the complex needs of patients participating in a clinical trial.

Experience in oncology is essential.

Main duties of the job

The CRN will be involved in varied portfolio activities including clinical care of patients, patient recruitment and management, supporting team with data query resolution, reviewing protocol amendments, providing patient-centred insights to the research delivery team by supporting both the patients and the team through all aspects of clinical research in the melanoma research team. With support from the team the CRN will ensure that the safety and well being of the patients is maintained within the requirement of the multi-regulatory frameworks for clinical research ensuring compliance with ICH/GCP standards and Trust SOPs. By utilising national frameworks for auditing patients experience the CRN will ensure the patients in the melanoma disease portfolio studies will have the best possible experience whilst participating in clinical research.

Raise the profile of the clinical research nurse and clinical trials within the trust by engaging in promotional events relating to clinical research with attendance and contributions at local, national and international meetings. Demonstrate awareness and contribution to divisional, Trust and national objectives and strategies.

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.

The Melanoma disease team is a small team of nurses and consultants with clinical trial coordination and project management support. The portfolio is driven to deliver treatment opportunities to as many patients with Melanoma at The Christie as possible.

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.

Understand the process for obtaining NHS permissions (R& D approval) for conducting clinical trials at site. As project lead, ensure permissions are in place prior to any patient recruitment.

Participate in clinical trial feasibilities and risk assessments of clinical trial protocols.

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

Awareness of trial specific, regional and national targets. Identify and implement strategies for recruiting patients to clinical trials ensuring that targets for patient recruitment are delivered.

Delegation and oversight of research related activities to research team members (clinical and administrative) and ensure compliance with SOPs and ICH/GCP.

Arrange and facilitate clinical trial related meetings.

Involvement in appropriate financial remunerations for clinical trial activity.

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 meeting

Staff Management and Development

To Support the Senior Clinical Research Nurse in the induction and continued supervision of junior members of staff, ensuring compliance with regulatory compliance and legislation.

Support the development of specialist study days within own research team.

Assist in the provision of 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

Contribute to the development of members of the research team

Person Specification



  • Registered General Nurse -Currently registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council.
  • First Degree or relevant clinical experience


  • Post-graduate qualification in oncology and/or clinical research
  • GCP/ICH recognised recent training



  • Experience of oncology nursing.
  • Experience of working autonomously and as part of a Multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to demonstrate evidence of service improvement.


  • Experience of working in a clinical research environment.



  • Highly effective communication skills
  • Advance organisational skills
  • Good written and analytical skills
  • Able to manage work autonomously and manage own workload
  • Demonstrable IT Skills - able to use Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook


  • Intra-venous access and cannulation skills administration of IV chemotherapy.
  • 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.


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



  • Ability to demonstrate the organisational values and behaviours



  • 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


Melanoma - Q01060


M20 4BX

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