"CLINICAL TRIALS DATA MANAGER"
REFERENCE NUMBER: DCO/12/A27 JOB TITLE: CLINICAL TRIALS DATA MANAGER GRADE: BAND 5 LOCATION: SCOTTISH CANCER RESEARCH NETWORK, THE WESTERN GENERAL HOSPITAL CONTRACT DURATION: FIXED TERM UNTIL 31/03/2015 HOURS: 37.5 CLOSING DATE: MONDAY 7TH JANUARY 2013 SALARY SCALE: £21,176 - £27,625 Apply on-line www.jobs.scot.nhs.uk South East Scotland Cancer Research Network CLINICAL TRIALS DATA MANAGER Agenda for Change Band 5 37.5 hours per week Salary: £21,176 to £27,625 2-Year Temporary Contract Base: Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Western General Hospital The Edinburgh Cancer Centre is part of the participating centre of the Scottish Cancer Research Network (SCRN),an organisation with the aim of increasing which aims to increase patient participation in cancer clinical trials throughout Scotland. The South East Scotland Cancer Research Network helps in 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 Clinical Trials Data Manager. This post will provide support for patients in breast cancer and sarcoma Urology trials; including both commercially funded Pharmaceutical Industry sponsored trials, and academic trials. The post-holder will work alongside existing data management staff, as well as their medical and nursing colleagues to facilitate the collection of high quality data in all trials and to ensure that protocol requirements and recognised standards (such as ICH /GCP) are met. The post-holder will be responsible for recording clinical data in case report forms (both paper and electronic) and liaising closely with trial sponsors and co-ordinating centres to ensure that all aspects of trials meet regulatory guidelines. Educated to degree level or with relevant experience, you should have strong analytical and reporting skills and be able to focus on detail. It would be preferable if you have experience of the data management of clinical trials. Strong inter-personal and communication skills are crucial essential for the development of professional relationships with medical, nursing, pharmacy and pathology staff other staff groups involved in the support of clinical trials, and you must be able to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability into an ever-changing work environment. Informal discussions or visits are recommended and if you would like to discuss the post in more detail, please contact Paul Ramage on 0131 -537 -2916 or at Paul.Ramage@luht.scot.nhs.uk Application packs from www.show.scot.nhs.uk. Closing date: Monday 7th January 2013 Manpower no: DCO/12/A27 NHS LOTHIAN Data Manager PERSON SPECIFICATION Criteria Essential Desirable Qualifications & Training Evidence of further training Educated to degree level or similar level of experience within a relevant field Experience Data management experience Experience in the management of clinical trials Knowledge Working knowledge of ICH GCP Experience of the legal and Knowledge of tissue and researchethical complexities of managing governance issues clinical trials Skills/Abilities Knowledge of clinical trial Experience of completing case protocols report forms, both on paper and Excellent communication, electronically analytical and reporting skills Specific Job Requirements Ability to work independently Ability to manage several trials Environmental conditions, unsociable in an ever changing environment on an ongoing daily basis hours, car driver etc. Signed: Date: PRINT NAME: Designation: NHS LOTHIAN GENERAL INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES This information package has been compiled to provide prospective candidates with details of the post advertised. 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YES/NO Signed Please Note - It is the responsibility of the appointment panel to ascertain whether the prospective employee intends to retain any other post held in addition to the one for which they are applying. Refer to the Recruitment Guidance Pack for further information regarding working time regulations. South East Scotland Cancer Research Network JOB DESCRIPTION 1. JOB IDENTIFICATION Job Title: Clinical Trials Data Manager Responsible to: Research Network Manager or Senior Data Manager Department(s): South East Scotland Cancer Research Network Directorate: Oncology Operating Division: Lothian University Hospitals Division Job Reference: No of Job Holders: 10 Last Update (insert date): 14/05/10 2. JOB PURPOSE To provide Data Management support for cancer clinical trials undertaken by disease specific teams within the Edinburgh Cancer Centre. This may include trials from early phase to large multi-centre phase 3 and 4 trials. The role includes regulatory submissions, data extraction from notes into case report forms (CRFs), both electronic and paper alongside liaison with Pharmaceutical Companies, Clinical Research Organisations and Trial Co-ordinating Centres. 3. DIMENSIONS The Edinburgh Cancer Centre is a participating centre of the South East Scotland Cancer Research Network (SESCRN) which encompasses several partners involved in the delivery of cancer clinical trials to patients across South East Scotland, including: - 4 NHS Boards and 7 hospital sites across NHS Lothian, NHS Borders, NHS Fife and NHS Dumfries & Galloway - Cancer Research UK - South East Scotland Cancer Network (SCAN) and its 9 tumour-specific multi- disciplinary groups - Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre - University of Edinburgh researchers Edinburgh is also a Cancer Research UK centre with the specialist services to deliver early phase clinical trials Approx 6,900 newly diagnosed cancer patients per year across SCRN-SE [ISD 2001 figures]. Approx 1,000 new patients entered into cancer clinical trials per year in SCRN-SE region. Around 200 ‘active’ clinical trials registered on SESCRN database providing trials for approx 18 different tumour types. Approx 60 clinicians, 25 nurses and 11 data managers actively involved in clinical trials across the Region. SESCRN is divided into 8 teams, each with a clinical lead and these teams provide support for clinical trials in different tumour types as outlined below: T Tumour Groupings eam 1 Phase 1, Gynaecology, Melanoma, Colorectal, Upper GI, Hepatobiliary 2 Breast and Sarcoma 3 Lung, Head & Neck, Brain 4 Urology H Haematology B Breast Surgery S S Symptoms group P Palliative Care 4. ORGANISATIONAL POSITION Head of Service - Professor of Oncology and Director of Cancer & Palliative Cancer Services Care SESCRN Research Network Manager Lead Data Manager Team 3 & 4 Data managers Team 3&4 5. ROLE OF DEPARTMENT To develop and maintain a portfolio of high quality, peer-reviewed clinical trials across all tumour types to maximise the treatment options offered to patients. To increase the number of patients entering clinical trials and improve patient awareness of trials. To improve access to trials for all patients within the Edinburgh Cancer Centre and local cancer centres across the Network. To ensure that all trials are conducted in accordance with the International Conference on Harmonisation Good Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Conduct of Clinical Trials (ICH GCP), European Union Directive on Clinical Trials, Research Governance Framework and Ethics Committee regulations. To ensure that staff working in clinical trials have access to appropriate training and continuing education. 6. KEY RESULT AREAS To assist in ensuring that protocol required tests/procedures are done according to protocol and in compliance with ICH GCP. To transcribe/export data (manually and electronically) from medical records to CRFs as required by the protocol. To ensure timely submission of accurate and complete CRFs and reporting of Serious Adverse Events (SAEs) to trial sponsors. To organise and prepare trial documentation for visits by trial monitors and to act as the main contact for monitors/sponsors for all data related issues. To lead on the preparation and submission to Research & Development (R&D) for management approval of trials, liaising with various hospital departments such as Pharmacy, Pathology and Radiology to seek their support for and approval of each trial. Responsible for ensuring that trial documents are current and disseminated to the medical and nursing staff within the research team. To attend research team meetings, preparing regular updates/information on specific trials as and when required. To take responsibility for the data management of specific trials. To continue to update skills and education for specific trials by attending and participating in local and national meetings as required. To maintain accurate data on relevant trials on the SESCRN database and assist in the preparation of reports as requested by the Research Network Manager. To assist the Research Network Manager / Senior network staff in the collation of accrual figures for patients into trials across the region as required for Scottish Government monitoring reports. To liaise with the R&D Departments finance staff in relation to patient recruitment figures to facilitate the reclaiming of patient payments from commercial and/or non-commercial research funding bodies. To attend and participate in SESCRN Forums (e.g. to work on developing Standard Operating Procedures) To participate in the preparation for potential audits and/or inspections of the Network by research governing bodies such as the Medicine and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA). To provide any other support required for trials. 7a. EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY Telephones: Contact with Pharmaceutical Companies, Clinical Research Organisations and Trial Co-ordinating Centres, SESCRN and other hospital staff. Photocopying: For meetings; information distribution; protocols for trials. Computer & Printer: Letters/faxes/email/internet/database/electronic case report forms. Fax: Send & receive information in relation to clinical trials. 7b. SYSTEMS Computer systems: - TRAK: access patient administration system to view patient demographics, relevant correspondence and view results of investigations. - APEX: access laboratory system to track patients’ test results. - SESCRN trials database: updating and maintaining information on current & new trials. - Maintaining document folders on the secure T:drive of the hospital IT network. - Completion of electronic Case Report Forms (CRFs) where applicable. Adhere to the systems established via the SESCRN Standard Operating Procedures for the conduct and delivery of clinical trials. Adhere to the manual and electronic systems on submitting trial applications to R&D Departments for approval. Maintain trial section of patients’ medical records. Maintain manual and electronic case report forms for each patient entered into a trial in accordance with the guidelines set out in the trial protocol and in the SESCRN SOPs. Adhere to Medical Records Dept tracking system when using patients’ medical notes. 8. ASSIGNMENT AND REVIEW OF WORK The post- holder is line managed and receives support and guidance from the Senior Data Manager. The post-holder is expected to work autonomously and manage their workload on a daily basis, assessing and prioritising the data management and administrative needs of the trials portfolio on an ongoing basis. Appraisal, objective setting and personal development plans are agreed jointly with the line manager on an annual basis and reviewed at regular periods. 9. DECISIONS AND JUDGEMENTS The post holder is responsible for planning the order of work based on the current and future trials portfolio of the team(s) and is expected to use initiative, logic and discretion when making decisions about work prioritisation and identifying solutions to problems. A high level of discretion, sensitivity and maturity is expected when dealing with confidential patient information. 10. MOST CHALLENGING/DIFFICULT PARTS OF THE JOB Balancing the daily priorities of each trial to ensure that all patients are treated and reviewed according to the trial schedules, as well as the demands of the trial coordinating centres to monitor all trial documentation on site within tight timescales. Balancing the workload across several tumour sites and research teams within the Edinburgh Cancer Centre while ensuring that data capture for all trials in the team’s portfolio is kept up-to- date. 11. COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS The jobholder communicates with: Internal: SESCRN Manager, Research Nurses, Data Managers, Administrator, junior and senior medical staff within the Network. Negotiation with various levels of professional staff in hospitals departments, e.g. Pharmacy, Laboratory Medicine, Radiology, Medical Records. External: Management, Finance and Administrative Staff in R&D Departments in NHS Lothian, NHS Fife, NHS Borders and NHS Dumfries & Galloway in relation to obtaining management approval and tracking payments for trials. Nursing and Health Records staff in local Cancer Units across South East Scotland in relation to accessing patient treatment data for the purposes of trial data collection locally. Representatives from Pharmaceutical Companies, Clinical Research Organisations and Trial Co-ordinating Centres with regards to documentation, queries, monitoring etc 12. PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB Physical: Moderate physical effort for prolonged periods, mostly sitting at desk using laptop/PC. Requirement to carry case notes. Mental: Concentration required when inputting data to provide for accuracy; work pattern is unpredictable and is subject to change at short notice, in terms of prioritising workload to meet the demands of a large volume of clinical trials. Emotional: exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances on occasion when accessing patient case-notes. Occasionally exposure to conflict when negotiating with senior staff over trial related issues. Environmental: The post may require occasional travel to other hospitals within the Network Occasional travel to national and international trial investigator meetings is required. 13. KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO DO THE JOB Educated to degree level or equivalent experience. Previous NHS experience is preferable but not essential. Experience in an academic or commercial research environment involving data management of clinical trials is desirable. Knowledge of ICH GCP, the European Union Directive on the Conduct of Clinical Trials, procedures for the submission of trials to NHS R&D Departments and awareness of the Research Governance Framework for the NHS in Scotland. Knowledge of medical terminology and basic anatomy desirable. Strong inter personal skills and ability to interact with various levels of NHS staff, in particular senior clinicians and Research Nurses. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Competent in the use of computers and knowledge of Microsoft software programmes, internet, email. Excellent organisational skills with the ability to pay attention to detail and work independently. Ability to learn quickly and to interpret information and instructions accurately. 14. 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