About Facility and Benefits:
This research institute is the first UK trials unit outside of the NHS that has the ability to offer new anti-cancer drugs in clinical trials. As a dedicated trials unit, they are focused on fast study set-ups to offer patients` rapid access to new investigational drug therapies. Most importantly they are open for both private and NHS patients.
Sarah Cannon Research Institute UK aims to provide precision medicine for cancer patients through the development of targeted therapies that are not only directed towards the cancer cell, but a specific alteration within the cancer cell.
The Research Nurse will play a key role in ensuring that any research undertaken within the department safeguards the well-being of the patients and is conducted according to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) in conjunction with the other members of the team.
They will assess, plan, implement, and evaluate expert research nursing care and provide support to patients attending the Drug Development Unit who have been or have the potential to be recruited onto a clinical trial program.
The research nurse will facilitate and aid in the recruitment of patients to ensure high quality early phase clinical studies and trials. They will also act as a patient advocate providing support and assistance as required and assist in the co-ordination and management of a portfolio of early phase translational clinical research.
The post holder will take responsibility for supervising the safe administration of experimental therapies, and for monitoring the expected and unexpected side effects of drugs and other treatment modalities used in these trials.
Please note that this is a 12 month fixed term maternity cover.
Duties and Responsibilities:
-Carry out planned care required by the clinical trials protocol
-Responsible for the co-ordination of on trial care and follow up of patients
-Work autonomously to manage and coordinate own portfolio of clinical research within the department
-Maintain effective communication with patients, care givers and professionals, to ensure service delivery.
-Assist in clinical trials including screening and organising the patients and/or volunteers suitable for entry into clinical trials/studies.
-Coordinate pre-study tests, obtaining results and arranging appropriate appointments according to the research protocol.
-Act as a resource and support to patients and their relatives
-Coordinate the collection of any biological samples
-Ensure the safe administration of trial drugs
Skills & Experience:
-Chemotherapy Nurse with current NMC registration (Essential)
-Chemotherapy experience (Essential)
-Experience in research and trials coordination, including early phase trials (Ideal)
-Oncology trials experience (Ideal)
-Certificate in oncology nursing (Ideal)
-Have an interest in developing research experience (Essential)
-Have worked in oncology and/or haematology (Ideal)
About the Individual:
The successful candidate will have strong communication skills, with the ability to manage expectations of a varied group of stakeholders at all times as well as being able to quickly build strong relationships with Sponsors. They will have excellent organizational and time management skills and their record keeping will be impeccable. Having the ability to work alone as well as part of the wider team is also imperative to the success of this role.
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