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Base: Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Western General Hospital

The Edinburgh Cancer Centre is a participating centre of the Scottish Cancer Research Network (SCRN), an organisation which aims to increase patient participation in cancer clinical trials throughout Scotland. The South East Scotland Cancer Research Network supports the provision of cancer clinical trials in a geographic area comprising the Health Board areas of NHS Lothian, NHS Fife, NHS Borders and NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

We are now seeking to employ a full time Research Nurse. This post will provide support for patients in clinical trials. The post-holder will work alongside medical and nursing colleagues to ensure that trial treatments are delivered in a safe and timely manner. Primary responsibilities will be in the administration of treatment to patients within clinical trials however, there will also be a component of data collection required. Training will be provided with this to facilitate the collection of high quality data within trials to ensure that protocol requirements and recognised standards (such as ICH GCP) are met.

Educated to degree level or relevant qualification is essential and you should have a current registration on the NMC register. Previous oncology experience is desirable but not essential. Applicants should be trained and experienced in the administration of cytotoxic drugs and their side effects. Strong inter-personal and communication skills are essential for the development of professional relationships with medical, nursing, pharmacy and other staff groups involved in the support of clinical trials, and you must be able to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in an ever-changing work environment

Some experience and knowledge around clinical trials is desirable but not essential as training will be provided. Basic IT skills are necessary; knowledge of NHS Lothian IT systems is desirable but not essential.

Informal discussions or visits are recommended and if you would like to discuss the post in more detail, please contact Heather McVicars on 0131 537 2100 or at heather.mcvicars@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk or Jenny Baxter on 0131 537 3269 or at jennifer.baxter@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk