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Early Phase Oncology Research Nurse

Band 6

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Early Phase Oncology Research Nurse
Band 6
Fixed term: 3 years
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Occasional out of hours working)
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Velindre Cancer Centre
£34,212 - £41,197 per annum
Salary period
08/06/2023 23:59

Thank you for your interest in working for Velindre University NHS Trust, which is a committed equal opportunities employer. The Trust welcomes applications from people who share our vision;

Velindre University NHS Trust will be recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a renowned organisation of excellence for patient and donor care, education and research.

our values;

  • BE Accountable
  • BE Bold
  • BE Caring
  • BE Dynamic

and who will complement our current experienced and specialist employees who are passionate about working in a Trust that has the ambition to provide world class services and care to patient and donors.

Velindre University NHS Trust holds a special place at the heart of healthcare in Wales. It is also an amazing organisation to work and to develop your career. The Trust comprises of two divisions, Velindre Cancer Centre and Welsh Blood Service. The Trust also hosts on behalf of the Welsh Government and NHS Wales, NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP) and Health Technology Wales (HTW).

Velindre University NHS Trust provides our employees with a favourable salary and reward / staff benefits & support package.

For more information on this vacancy please contact the recruiting manager, who will be pleased to discuss their employment opportunity with you.

Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.

The Trust also reserves the right to close a vacancy early or withdraw an advertisement at any stage of the process, to enable internal staff requiring to be redeployed in suitable roles.

Posts may be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and Professional Registration Check.

For more information on our Trust Employee Reward and Benefit’s Package please visit the Velindre University NHS Trust website.

 Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Velindre University NHS Trust for an Early Phase Research Nurse to be a part of the research delivery team providing patients with the opportunity to participate in Early Phase Clinical Trials.

We are seeking to employ a band 6 Registered Nurses with oncology nursing experience and a keen interest in clinical research.

The post holder will be based in the Velindre Cancer Centre with some time spent working in the Research Delivery Team at C&V UHB.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply

This post is fixed term for 3 years to meet the needs of the service.

Main duties of the job

This position will support the delivery of advanced/novel therapies working within a specialised team of Research Nurses from both Velindre University NHS Trust and the Research Delivery Team at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Previous research experience is desirable but is not essential as in-house training will be provided. 

This position requires agility as working across 2 sites is required, the successful candidate will also be working alongside a dedicated research team setting up, collaborating and delivering trials for the new Cardiff Cancer Research Hub.

This collaborative working and The Cardiff Cancer Research Hub will improve research access for patients in South Wales and beyond. This post would ensure we have the nursing skills and capacity to be able to do this, consistent with the Velindre University NHS Trust’s Overarching Cancer Research and Development Ambitions 2021-31.

The role will involve an element of out of hours working, in line with the needs of the service and individual clinical trial requirements.


Working for our organisation

Here at Velindre University NHS Trust we are extremely proud of the specialist services we provide across the whole of Wales in our cutting-edge Velindre Cancer Centre and our award-winning Welsh Blood Service, as well as the expertise of our corporate functions that bring the two divisions together. We are also fortunate to host the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership and Health Technology Wales and have developed strong partnership working with these expert services. 

Formed in 1999, the Trust has a dedicated workforce that continuously strives to provide the key principles of prudent healthcare through a wide array of roles. We play a vital role in the communities we support and have ambitious plans for the future to continue to improve the services we deliver. We strive to maintain our core values in everything we do by being; accountable, bold, caring and dynamic, and ensuring the best possible care for our patients and donors.

If you want to work for an organisation that prides itself on making a real difference and offers exciting career opportunities then Velindre University NHS Trust is the place for you.

Visit our website to find out more

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job Description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click “Apply now” to view in Trac.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 1st Level Registered Nurse with evidence of continued professional development.
  • Post basic qualification in cancer care/ research or willingness to work towards
  • Graduate or willingness to work towards
  • Knowledge of the research process and regulatory requirements e.g. ICH-GCP
Desirable criteria
  • Clinical Research Qualification
  • Teaching qualification
  • ECDL


Essential criteria
  • Experience at Band 5, with experience in Oncology
  • Previous clinical trial experience
Desirable criteria
  • Phase I/II trial experience
  • ITU / HDU experience

Aptitude and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Venepuncture/cannulation skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Organisational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good patient advocate
  • IT Skills – able to use WORD, Internet and Email
Desirable criteria
  • Counselling skills
  • Teaching and Presentation skills
  • Chemotherapy administration.


Essential criteria
  • Motivated
  • Able to work flexibly
  • Works well as part of a team but also able to work independently as required
  • Enthusiastic
  • Good attention to detail
  • Reliable
  • Supportive
Desirable criteria
  • Diplomatic
  • Proven attendance record

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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.

Welsh language skills are desirable

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Claire Lang
Job title
Senior Research Nurse Manager
Email address
Telephone number
02920 614486