EMS Healthcare have an exciting opportunity for an experienced research nurse looking for their next challenge. If you are committed to providing high quality care and interested in a new and exciting role outside of a traditional NHS setting, this could be the post for you.
As the Clinical Research Nurse, you will play a pivotal role in a revolutionary cancer early detection study, comprising of an innovative blood test developed by our client. This ground-breaking test may detect more than 50 types of cancer in the early stages amongst the cohort of 50–77-year-old, healthy participants.
The study will take place on a state-of-the-art mobile facility, designed specifically for the purpose of the study. This facility will be your place of work for the duration of the contract. The mobile facility will move around your allocated Cancer Alliance region to allow for a geographical reach of participants.
Creating a safe, positive and accessible participant experience is key to the success of the study and therefore the study days will be structured over 6 days per week and comprise of two teams, allowing for a consistent 3, 12.5-hour day shifts, with 4 off and no requirement for any night-time work is just one of the many benefits of this fantastic role.
Working as an integral part of the Clinical Services team at EMS Healthcare and as the lead Clinical Research Nurse onboard the unit, you will be responsible for the daily running of the facility as well as leading and managing a team of 7 Clinical Research Nurses and Practitioners. Unlike other research studies, the recruitment of potential participants will be managed centrally; however, you may be required to support from time to time. Ensuring clinical and regulatory compliance, and that each participant journey and their individual experience is to the highest standard is vital for this role.
You will support the implementation of study objectives and will lead the team in ensuring studies are delivered to time and target. You will work with a wide range of study stakeholders, as well as participants therefore effective communication and team working skills are essential. You will be involved in ensuring that the research undertaken safeguards the well-being of participants and is undertaken within ICH Good Clinical Practice guidelines, and all other applicable research regulations.
- Adhering to Good Clinical Practice guidelines, data protection and research governance frameworks, regulations, and sponsor requirements
- Gaining participant informed consent and ensure each participant journey is of the highest standard
- Assessing participants, their eligibility and mental capacity as per the protocol set out by the client
- Performing administrative duties as defined within the study protocol
- Being a facilitator and team leader to ensure the project’s success
- Taking responsibility for the proper collection, receipt, processing, and data entry of all specimens
- Maintaining equipment accountability, ensuring workstations are set‐up on time and working with the research team to prepare and control all materials, resources, and documents necessary
- Possessing exceptional time management and organisational skills
- Leading and motivating a team to deliver high quality research and participant experience
- Ensuring the entire facility is kept to a high standard, including but not limited to cleanliness of clinical areas and workstations
- Review and plan the daily appointment schedule ahead of time to ensure capacity planning and rota management for the daily operation.
- Report any sickness related absences to the Clinical Service Manager
- Work with the Clinical Services Manager to manage the long-term rota planning in line with annual leave allowances and any sickness-related absences
- Work with the Clinical Services Manager to undertake regular performance and development reviews with the team
- Ensure that the teams have the paperwork and consumables to carry out each aspect of the study
- Take participants through each stage of the study, including checking them in, gaining informed consent, taking the blood sample (specimen) and ensuring all paperwork is completed accurately
- Provide guidance, advice, and support for the team during the daily operation of the study
- Adhere to the study protocol, specific process documents and standard operating procedures to ensure efficient, safe, and high-quality project delivery and management
- Act as the unit lead and one of the main contacts for your alliance, and keep internal stakeholders informed of the status of the study at every stage of the project
- Undertake regular liaison with the Clinical Services Manager
- Continually assess unit processes and protocols to identify areas for improvement
- Adhere to EMS management processes and foster this within the team
- Ensure compliance with EMS’ Environmental Policy, principles, and ethics
- Liaise with and organise where necessary the daily collection of samples with couriers
- Create and maintain a clear rota of daily responsibilities to be implemented by the unit team
- Co-ordinate and monitor the stock levels onboard the unit and report weekly
- Support any other duties/activities required for the efficient running of the facility
- COVID-19 - Supporting government guidance on best practice on managing clinical trials during COVID-19 and working with the Clinical Service manager to implement any measures required (i.e., cleaning facility between clients, social distancing, and PPE supplies, etc.)
- Ensuring the entire facility is kept to a high standard and adhering to the COVID-19: Infection prevention and control (IPC)
- Team Leader / Band 6
- RCN registered Nurse with an active PIN essential
- Experienced and skilled in the practice of venipuncture – with an up-to-date training history essential
- Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training essential
- Informed Consent experience and an up-to-date training history essential
- Experience of staff / team management or supervision desirable
- Experience in the conduct of clinical trials essential
- Full UK residency and hold a valid driving license
- The ability to travel within the allocated cancer alliance
- Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a self-motivated way
- Proficient in written and spoken English
- Have relevant IT skills to perform the role
- Possess high standards of integrity, professionalism, and sensitivity
- Competitive salary
- Exciting opportunity to work on a pioneering cancer early detection study in 2021 through to completion in 2024
- Appealing, consistent shift pattern that operates with 3 (12.5 hr) shifts on, 4 off
- Guaranteed no night shift work for the contract duration
- Healthcare Cash Plan Scheme after 6 months
- Competitive holiday allowance
- Clinical and professional development opportunities
- Social allowance with regular organised sporting and social events