Nurse Awards

Excellence in Cancer Research Award finalist: Cancer Research Nurse Team

Excellence in Cancer Research Award finalist: Cancer Research Nurse Team

Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network

A network of nurses across Northern Ireland is ensuring that all cancer patients have access to clinical trials. Managing a portfolio of 50-60 trials, the 25 clinical research nurses (CRN) have improved the care and experience of patients receiving new and developing treatments through their trial journey, from consent to treatment and afterwards. Each is the primary or associate CRN for their own continuously developing portfolio, acting as site co-ordinator and promoter, supporting preparation and training, and liaising with research and clinical teams, as well as appropriate support services. They also co-ordinate the care of a caseload of patients during consent, screening and participation. A total of 9,040 participants have been recruited into 201 regional studies and more than 1,000 patients remain on follow up. Patient feedback is very positive.

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The Excellence in Cancer Research Award is supported by Cancer Nursing Practice and sponsored by Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UKCancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. It is committed to improving the lives of those affected by cancer and discovering kinder, more effective treatments for patients. Cancer Research UK supports more than 250 clinical trials across the UK, helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Joining a clinical trial may have benefits for patients, as well as helping new treatments become available. Its unique clinical trials database lists all trials around the UK supported by Cancer Research UK and others. Searchable by trial name, cancer type or location, the database includes details of trials recruiting patients, as well as results from earlier trials. Written specifically for patients, it provides reliable, easy to understand information and is updated daily. Visit the clinical trials database at