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Research nurse - head and neck

Good clinical research in head and neck cancer is pivotal to the understanding of the disease and will eventually lead to improvements in treatment options, cure rates and supportive care.

The research nurse participates as an active member within the head and neck multidisciplinary team meetings. A comprehensive knowledge base of the speciality and various treatment pathways is essential for a streamline approach to recruitment. 

They will act as patient advocate for research, offering trial information, advice and psychological support to patients and their families, liaising and referring on as necessary to appropriate health care professionals. 

They will identify appropriate clinical trials for which patients may be eligible and ensure that ongoing treatment plans do not violate trial protocols. The role includes, identifying, interviewing and recruiting patients and control subjects to research studies and clinical trials and will be part of the research informed and written consent process as appropriate.

They will liaise and work closely with principle investigators in identifying new and appropriate clinical research trials within the field and will assist with preparing and submitting applications and other reports to the local research ethics committee, the research governance department and other departments as necessary. The nurse will ensure research governance is addressed and upheld within the department.

Other duties may include attending annual cancer division site specific trials meetings, identifying appropriate trials for the service, organise trial set up meetings, prepare research progress reports as necessary and presenting study results.

2015 status

  • Poole Hospital is within the top four Hospitals in the country recruiting to head and neck cancer research trials. 
  • Currently, Poole Hospital has three trials open, with a total of 494 patients recruited.

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