Cancer / Generic Research Nurse (Band 5)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

The role of the Band 5 Cancer Research Nurse is to assist in the delivery and co-ordination of commercial research projects involving patients, families and carers at Musgrove Park Hospital.

This post will involve the safe conduct of both commercial and non-commercial research projects involving both NIHR portfolio studies and industry funded research, working within the South West Peninsula Clinical Research Network.

The role will involve facilitating and overseeing cancer studies and achieving both the high and low level objectives of the NIHR at a local level and ensuring the Trust meets its targets for research delivery.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of this role will be to provide expert support to all aspects of the work of the Cancer Research Nurse:

  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with the clinical teams, recognising the value of skilled open communication in the development of new research activity.
  • Provide information and support to patients and carers relating to the research protocol, procedures and treatment, follow-up and ensure that informed consent is obtained.
  • Be the contact point/support for trial patients and attend to any concerns they may have.
  • To be accountable for the assessment, planning, organisation and ongoing care of research participants, whilst maximising protocol and GCP compliance.
  • Undertake the safe analysis, processing and dispatching of pathological samples and completion of relevant documentation at varying time points for individual participants.
  • Ability to work to a high level of accuracy in following protocols, data collection, supporting patients and recording of information
  • Provide specialist advice and review as necessary by undertaking clinics or during existing appointments, telephone calls and in other clinical settings.

Please refer to the Job Description for full details on the role and responsibilities.

About us

Clinical Research Department provides research governance, management, delivery support, and advice across the whole Trust in all matters that relate to research and development. The current workforce is structured into two main teams with distinct functions Research governance and Research Delivery however the teams work closely together as one department.

Our department Vision is: To support ground-breaking research, working with our partners to improve the health of our communities.

Our department mission is: To embed a culture of research excellence throughout the Trust where all colleagues feel they can contribute to the delivery of research, and support the development of our own highly skilled research specialists.

Musgrove Park Hospital is in Taunton, with excellent transport links and easy access to the coast and surrounding countryside. There are excellent educational facilities in the area and both regional centres of Bristol and Exeter are accessible by road in less than an hour.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This role is funded by the South West Peninsula Clinical Research Network and therefore the post holder will be functioning within the Research Network structure which is overseen nationally by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Following the initial induction and training, be able to demonstrate knowledge of research methodology, design and clinical audit and apply evidence-based research findings to professional practice in the speciality and recognise its contribution to Clinical Governance

To practice with supervision and adhere to Clinical Governance initiatives, appropriate Code of professional conduct and hospital policies

Adhere to the ICH guidelines for GCP, regulations and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for clinical research and related activities

Promote, monitor and maintain best practice for health, safety and security including:

    • Adhere to agreed policies to maximise safety
    • Identify any risk in the work area that could affect the safety of patients
    • Attend essential training to ensure 100% compliance
    • Be aware of potential areas for discrimination in the workplace and take positive action
    • Ensure systems focus on equality and diversity
    • To identify strategies for recruiting participants into clinical research and providing long term follow up where required
    • Ensure honorary contracts are in place and maintained for working within organisations across the locality.
    • Maintain a safe and therapeutic environment for clinical trial patients and their carers.
    • Ensure that Health and Safety requirements are met in the Department
    • Demonstrate awareness of the Ethics and Research and Development Approvals processes through prompt reporting of Serious Adverse events, contributing to submission of Trust application, protocols, advertisements and amendments

Liaise with your line manager, Lead Research Nurse, Research Manager and Assistant Managers to provide progress reports throughout the project in a timely manner.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Registered Healthcare Professional
  • Must be able to communicate in English Language, both written and verbally appropriate to the post



  • Ability to evaluate the significance of research
  • Able to critically appraise and use validated results to improve practice
  • Knowledge of caring for patients with a variety of Medical and Surgical conditions


  • Basic Understanding of research governance and methodology
  • Knowledge of caring for patients with cancer



  • Demonstrable, recent healthcare professional experience in acute setting


  • Previous experience of data collection.

Behaviours aligned with trust values


  • Outstanding care
  • Listerning and leading
  • Working together

Skills and abilities


  • Ability to carry out physical elements of the post, such as computer work, phlebotomy, transcribing data.
  • Committed to further professional development


  • Flexible working arrangements

Communication Skills


  • Excellent communication and assertion skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team


  • Able to work in stressful environment

Planning and Organising Skills


  • Ability to work to a high level of accuracy in following protocols, data collection, supporting patients and recording of information.
  • Ability to multi task.
  • Ability to organise own time.

Physical Skills


  • Ability to carry out physical elements of the post, such as computer work, phlebotomy, transcribing data.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Musgrove Park Hospital

Parkfield Drive



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For questions about the job, contact:

Tamlyn Russell


Date posted

12 January 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 5


£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum, pro rata



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Musgrove Park Hospital

Parkfield Drive



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