Play a part in a pioneering new cancer study, looking at the early detection of more than 50 types of cancer.
In collaboration with EMS Healthcare, CK Group are recruiting 80 research nurses looking for their next challenge. If you are committed to providing high-quality care and interested in a new, exciting role outside of a traditional NHS setting, this could be the post for you.
About the study
EMS Healthcare are conducting a revolutionary early-detection cancer study, comprising of an innovative blood test developed by the biotechnology company, GRAIL. This ground-breaking Galleri blood test may detect more than 50 types of cancer in the early stages, including many types that are difficult to diagnose. If the study is able to prove that the test works as expected for people without symptoms, it will be rolled out to become routinely available.
The Galleri test involves reading the DNA sequence of tiny DNA fragments shed by cells into the blood stream, so called ‘cell-free DNA’. It uses chemical changes in the DNA, known as methylation signatures, to identify where cancer cells originate from.
Starting this year and running until 2023, the trial will involve 165,000 volunteers aged between 50-79 and could be a game-changer in cancer care. It will help thousands more people get successful treatment every year and could therefore help meet the NHS’s goal of increasing the proportion of cancers caught early.
The study will take place on a state-of-the-art, specifically-designed mobile facility, managed by EMS Healthcare and CK Group. The facility will move around the allocated Cancer Alliance regions to allow for geographical reach of participants.
In the news
The mobile units will be placed in one location in each Cancer Alliance for around four weeks at a time, before moving onto the next location within the respective alliance. It will be your place of work for the duration of your contract, therefore the ability to travel within the region is essential.
The seven units are:
- Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance
- South East London/Kent and Medway Cancer Alliance
- Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance
- Northern Cancer Alliance
- East Midlands Cancer Alliance
- West Midlands Cancer Alliance
- East Anglia Cancer Alliance
The roles on offer
As a Research Nurse, you will play a pivotal role in this study, creating a positive and accessible participant experience.