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Clinical Fellows, National Cancer Audit Collaborating Centre

Royal College of Surgeons (RCS)
London (Central), London (Greater), Remote
Closing date
25 Jun 2023

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Clinical Fellows, National Cancer Audit Collaborating Centre 

Salary - Pay scales for junior doctors in England up to ST5 (£40,257 to £51,017, plus London weighting) in a full-time position or from ST6 to ST8 (£58,298 pro rata plus London weighting) in a part-time position, depending on qualifications and experience.

Contract Type – Up to ST5 (Full-time: 35 hours), ST6 – ST8 (Part-time: hours TBD) fixed term until 30 Sep 2025 (with expectation it will be extended)

Location – Clinical Effectiveness Unit – National Cancer Audit Collaborating Centre (NATCAN), based at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and supported by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The post is available for remote working at any UK location, to be discussed upon appointment.  However, there is any expectation that post holders attend RCSEng regularly for in person meetings.

About the role

These posts offer a unique role within multidisciplinary Project Teams of the National Cancer Audit Collaborating Centre (NATCAN). NATCAN is a new national centre of excellence to strengthen NHS cancer services by looking at treatments and patient outcomes across the NHS in England and Wales. NATCAN is the largest centre evaluating cancer services in the UK, hosting nine national cancer audits, with 20 staff members, employed at the RCSEng or the LSTHM, from a wide range of backgrounds (medicine, statistics, epidemiology, data science, quality improvement, project management).

You will work in a vibrant audit and research environment, putting you at the heart of national teams that plays a key role in improving the care that patients with cancer receive in England and Wales. It will provide you with the opportunity to contribute to high-profile peer-reviewed papers, which could lead to obtaining a PhD. The PhD research will aim to strengthen the relevance and robustness of the Audit’s outputs. It will study determinants of variation in practice and outcomes, develop methods for quality assessment, and evaluate the impact of quality improvement initiatives.

You will be working in partnership with senior clinicians, representing relevant clinical communities and professional organisations in England and Wales, and senior statisticians and methodologists based at LSHTM.

The successful candidates will deliver National Audits in Bowel/Ovarian/Pancreatic/Kidney cancer or non-Hodgkin lymphoma. You will carry out research whilst developing advanced analysis and research skills. The Audits use very rich linked national datasets which include all newly diagnosed patients with cancer in the NHS in England and Wales. An exciting innovation is that NATCAN will receive quarterly cancer data updates. This will reduce the time lag between patients receiving care and audit feedback to six months, which will inform quality improvement initiatives that aim “to close the audit cycle”.


  • Analysing rich national linked cancer databases
  • Reporting results of the Audit in reports and papers for peer-reviewed publications
  • Presenting findings of the Audit at conferences
  • Supporting delivery of the Audit’s Quality Improvement Plan
  • Liaising with professional bodies, charities and other stakeholders in order to publicise and support the work of the Audit

About you
We are looking for applicants with:

  • Relevant clinical experience
  • Passed a Membership/ Fellowship exam of a relevant Royal College
  • Good numeracy
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Good organisational abilities
  • Research experience is an advantage but further training in research methods and statistical analysis will be provided

About us

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is one of the best known professional membership organisations in the world, with a name and reputation that speak for excellence in the UK and across the globe. We provide education, assessment and development to nearly 30,000 surgeons, dental surgeons and members of the wider surgical and dental teams at all stages of their career; we set professional standards, facilitate research and champion world-class surgical outcomes for patients.

The National Cancer Audit Collaborating Centre (NATCAN) sits within the Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU), based at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

What we can offer you

  • 27 days paid holiday + bank holidays and up to 4 college closure days 
  • Flexible working
  • Enhanced contributory pension scheme & other leave entitlements
  • Variety of learning and development opportunities  
  • Wellbeing programme & Employee Assistance Scheme

Interested Candidates:

Download the job description here.

We are recruiting Clinical Fellows across a number of cancer audits. Watch this video to find out more about the role of Clinical Fellow. Kate Walker, Associate Professor & Audit Lead Methodologist, talks about the role and the opportunities it brings to the successful candidate on the basis of experience in the National Bowel Cancer Audit.

If you have any questions about this position please contact

If you wish to apply please email your CV together with a cover letter addressing how you meet each of the criteria in the Personal Specification to

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Closing date: 25th June 2023

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We are open to all talent and we actively ensure that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regards to race/ethnicity, nationality, religion, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age and disability

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