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NHS AfC: Band 4
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
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City CAmpus
£21,892 - £24,157
Salary period
24/06/2021 23:59

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Haematology Research Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 4

Job overview

The Clinical Haematology Department at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust is a renowned centre for the treatment and management of Haematological Malignancies.

Are you looking for a new challenge within a forward thinking, dynamic area? This post is an opportunity to work within the Clinical Haematology Research Team as part of  Nottingham Cancer Clinical Trials Team (NCCTT) as a clinical research practitioner. The role of the research practitioner is varied and includes managing and recruiting patients to non drug clinical trials, learning and developing clinical patient skills as well as research administration. You will be provided with trained in Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and work in line with these principles. Previous experience of a clinical area would be advantageous but training and support will be provided.

You will also provide direct support to nursing and medical staff.





It would be beneficial to have experience of working in a clinical environment




Main duties of the job

To function as a member of the NCCTT to provide dedicated clinical trials support to the research team.

Optimise recruitment to trials 

To support and coordinate the collection, processing ,storage and shipment of clinical samples.

Liaise with clinical teams to organise and ensure that trial specific investigations are completed.


Working for our organisation

The Haematology research team prides itself on delivering high quality clinical research across the Haematology setting. The research team works closely with multidisciplinary teams and works in an embedded way with frontline clinical staff. Team members have the opportunity to take ownership of their own portfolio of clinical trials whilst being supported by senior members of the team who have extensive research and clinical experience. This allows staff to work in a supported yet autonomous way. We are committed to staff development both as a team and on an individual basis. Research is seen as a core element of our Trust activity. Our organisation is known nationally as a forward thinking and innovative organisation in terms of clinical research delivery.

NUH itself is the first and only hospital in the UK to achieve concurrent Magnet and Pathway to Excellence accreditation.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To support and coordinate the collection, processing ,storage and shipment of clinical samples.

Optimising recruitment to trials via attendance at, and support in, clinics and Research meeting by screening medical notes.

To assist in recording any vital signs, treatment information, adverse events, results of investigations and response to treatment.

Liaise with clinical teams to organise and ensure that trial specific investigations are undertaken as and when required, obtain the results, ensure eligibility.

Liaise with medical staff to record, organise and ensure the timely administration of treatment and necessary follow up investigations and visits.

Aware of and is responsive to factors contributing to decision making during the consent process.

Maintain effective communication for all areas of the trials process.

To review and process amendments to trials and ensure the necessary approvals are in place prior to implementation.

Forward trial data in a timely manner to the trial coordinating centre 


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of clinical trials
  • Experience of working in a NHS setting
  • Previous recent research / data collection / data input / clinical audit experience
  • Hospital systems experience (PAS/Notis/DHR)
  • Practical experience and competent in Microsoft Office
Desirable criteria
  • Experience working in a laboratory setting
  • Cannulation / Phlebotomy skills
  • Other clinical procedures, such as ECG and basic observations (e.g. BP and pulse)
  • Knowledge of ICH-GCP, Research Governance
  • Experience of working within Clinical Trials
  • Invoicing experience

Analytical and Judgement skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to interpret clinical/non clinical data and events in order determine the appropriate course of action.
  • Able to identify patients for clinical trial participation, ensure patients are eligible, obtain written informed consent and randomise patients
Desirable criteria
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of current issues related to the NHS

Training & Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Educated to Diploma level or equivalent level of experience
  • Required to participate in CPD
Desirable criteria
  • ECDL
  • Administrative qualifications
  • An understanding of the Oncology Pathway

Communication and relationship skills

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills at a variety of levels
  • Able to communicate effectively at all levels and carry out instructions.
  • Able to display empathy, tact, reassurance and diplomacy
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of communicating and providing emotional support to patients.
  • Able to work effectively with other departments

Planning and organisation skills

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate an ability to prioritise own workload and recognise, prioritise and respond appropriately to deadlines, urgent and emergency situations
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience in a role where they have managed their own diary

Physical skills

Essential criteria
  • Capable of using equipment within a work environment under supervision
  • Manual dexterity required to perform tasks
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of moving and handling training
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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Richard Stanley
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Haematology Research Team Leader
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