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Early Phase Oncology Clinical Research Nurse

University of Birmingham - Cancer Research (UK) Clinical Trials Unit

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £34,980 to £44,263 Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th January 2024
Closes: 25th February 2024
Job Ref: 103179

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £34,980 to £44,263 with potential progression once in post to £46,974. Grade 7

Contract Type: Fixed Term contract up to March 2026 

Closes: 25th February 2024

This specialist research nurse role is to support the delivery of early phase clinical trials within the early phase oncology, CRCTU Nursing Team, with a focus on Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) early phase oncology clinical trials.

The post holder will be responsible for the delivery of direct and indirect care and safe nursing practices for a specific group of patients taking part in predominantly phase I/II clinical trials. The post holder will be required to work alongside the PI, multidisciplinary team to identify, recruit and manage the patient’s pathway on an oncology trial, administer novel immunotherapy and cytotoxic agents and for the collection of pharmacokinetic samples. 

The role will require an expanded practice of clinical research process knowledge and to achieve and maintain clinical skills and competencies specific to role. This may include the clinical skills of phlebotomy, trial specific blood sampling, ECGs and knowledge and administration of SACT treatments/ novel drugs as applicable to the trial. The post holder will work both as a clinical site team member and, as a member of the team, contribute to the conduct and coordination of Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU) early phase clinical trials.

Main Duties

  • Practice at all times within the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Professional Conduct  – maintaining registration and post registration education and practice (PREP) requirements and accountable for professional actions, identify on-going personal and professional development needs and maintaining up-to-date clinical skills and knowledge required for delivering care to research patients
  • Take on duties delegated by the site Principal Investigator (PI) as applicable to the job role and training received 
  • Conduct and lead on the planning of clinical study assessments and treat the patient as delegated and in accordance with the protocol as the lead designated nurse for the identified clinical trial
  • To administer SACT / novel drugs as relevant to the trial, this may be oral, IV, sub cutaneous therefore potentially requiring skills of phlebotomy , IV therapy, cannulation, CVADs etc. 

Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience

  • First level Registered General Nurse with relevant oncology experience and able to demonstrate the appropriate competencies and skills for the job and clinical setting
  • Excellent skills (or willing to train) in the following: cannulation, phlebotomy, ECG, ability to assess the patient and refer onto relevant agencies, administration of cytotoxic medicines, preparation, processing and storage of blood samples according to study protocol

OH/DBS required 

The University is committed to safeguarding and we promote safe recruitment practice, therefore all associated pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role all successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory Occupational Health and DBS clearance prior to appointment.

Informal enquiries to Cancer Research UK Senior Research Nurse Karen Turner k.turner.1@bham.ac.uk 

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the above ‘Apply’ button.

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