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A key feature of Excellence in Research is involving you to shape the programme.

At the programme’s launch event clinical research nurses spoke passionately about working on cancer trials, what it means to them and the challenges it can bring. They shared ideas on how we might support you to continue providing high quality cancer research and patient care. Following this, we invited you to have your say on what resources and information you’d find helpful.Here’s just some of what you’ve told us.

What does clinical research nursing mean to you?

“I bridge the gap between the patient and the trial. I’m the human face behind the trial supporting my participants all the way through.”
“It’s an opportunity to share expert knowledge with patients, and improve outcomes for them as a result.”
“Being a clinical research nurse makes me feel proud that I am contributing towards improving treatments and prolonging lives with what we do.”

What challenges do you face in your role?

“Getting non-research staff to understand the importance of my role”
“Lack of available training and resources”
“Finding enough time to learn everything I need to know!”
“Increasingly heavy workload and increasing targets from the network”

If there was one activity/resource aimed at supporting your day-to-day role and/or professional development, what should it be?

“Assist in helping research nurses link up with other research nurses working within the same speciality, like cancer”
“Signpost me to the resources that I need to do my job to the highest standard”
“It is hard to pin down one but I would find an online ‘hub’ the best with links to dates, information, and applications for training locally and nationally, links to e-learning and handy resources etc”
“Access to training opportunities like informed consent and others specific to research nurse topics”
“Tool sharing forum, e.g. documentation ideas for clinical trials”
“Learning for research nurses and learning of different cancer treatments and new agents.”
“Help squash the stigma that research nurses ‘sit behind a desk'”
“More local / national events where we combine cancer education and local peer support”

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