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Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Employer type
New Cross Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
12/05/2021 23:59
Interview date

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Research Sister

Band 6



Job overview

The post holder will be a trained nurse and will enjoy working within a multidisciplinary team of research staffs who support commercial and academic trials.  Specialist knowledge and skills will be gained in the approval process for clinical trials, patient management along with the collection and monitoring of trial data.   The role includes close liaison with clinicians, data managers, pharmaceutical companies and outpatient and inpatient staff.

Cardiology or stroke experience would be advantageous.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be working as part of the R&D Directorate clinical research team and will be responsible for a caseload of several academic and commercial clinical trials.  Trials undertaken will be predominately related to UKCRN adopted studies.

The duties of the post-holder will therefore include assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating research-nursing care and providing support to patients who have been or have the potential to be recruited onto a clinical trial. In practice this includes ensuring the clinical trial has full approval to proceed, collecting data, interviewing, supporting, monitoring patients, and data entry.

The post holder will support a senior member of the R&D team in varied area of studies, including paediatric studies, to ensure that there is sufficient capacity to deliver a high quality service and meet performance targets. 

Working for our organisation

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in the West Midlands providing primary, acute and community services and we are incredibly proud of the diversity of both our staff and the communities we serve.  We are building a workforce that can help us to fulfil our values, improve quality of care for patients, and solve the health care problems of tomorrow. We’re passionate about the value that diversity of thinking and lived experience brings in enabling us to become a learning organisation and leader in delivering compassionate care for our patients.

We are delighted that we have been rated as “Good” by CQC. We have achieved numerous awards; The Nursing Times Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice and Best UK Employer of the Year for Nursing Staff in 2020.

The Trust is a supportive working environment committed to creating flexible working arrangements that suit your needs and as such will consider all requests from applicants who wish to work flexibly.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Work autonomously to manage his/her caseload of patients, whilst working as part of a multidisciplinary team. Maintain effective communication with patients, carers and professionals to ensure service delivery. Co-ordinate the screening of patients suitable for entry into clinical trials. This may include attending clinics, reviewing hospital notes, and reviewing hospital databases, attending Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) meetings or clinical areas where the patient journey may take potential participants for clinical trials.

To assess new patients in the clinical area, identifying their psychological, physiological, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs in relation to their disease and proposed treatment, providing a pathway of nursing care for the patients in accordance with the clinical trial protocol.

To act as the patients advocate when relevant and to be able to educate on all the treatment options to enable a patient to make an informed choice, negotiating with the medical team to agree a pathway of care.

In collaboration with other members of the multidisciplinary team, to assess the needs of patients, their families, and other carer and provide specific advice or support as appropriate.

To maintain adequate patients’ records and ensure all relevant information is accurately documented in the patient’s medical notes.

To be trained in phlebotomy, and keep skills regularly updated.

Supporting Consultant medical staff with research projects.

Ensure that informed consent is obtained according to ethical and legal guidelines as part of the risk management process for Research    Governance and ICHGCP (International Conference on Harmonisation of Good Clinical Practice).

To ensure patients and their families are given appropriate oral and written information regarding planned care, study visits and any other trial related investigations.

Evaluate patient eligibility for clinical trials entry co-ordinating pre-study tests, obtaining results and arranging appropriate appointments according to the trial protocol.

Responsibility for ascertaining from patients whether adverse or serious adverse events have occurred and reporting these appropriately as part of the risk management process for Research Governance.

Ensure patients are randomised and allocated treatment in accordance with the clinical trial protocol.

Collect any samples required as part of the clinical trial and ensure safe and appropriate storage of specimens.

Support the administration of trial drugs as required, be aware of and report any unusual side effects, in association with local nursing teams.

Provide continuity of care for patients and their carers throughout the trial programme.

Review patients independently and initiate changes in management of care in accordance with trial protocol.

To work with other members of the research nurse team to provide an expert nurse led service for patients in clinical trials to improve quality of life.

Responsible for the entry of data on case report forms (CRFs) for all studies and ensuring trials are conducted according to the relevant regulations (ICHGCP).

Responsible for ensuring that data is submitted to research sponsors within the timescales required by the Sponsors.

Regular liaison with the Clinical Research Associates relating to the studies, completion of screening logs as required.

Implement and adhere to the principles of ICHGCP (International Conference on Harmonisation of Good Clinical Practice).

Act as a role model for excellence in research.

Responsible for the set-up of trials on site i.e. liaise with sponsors, Clinical Trials Units, Universities and other relevant staff to organise trial set up visits.

Work closely with medical and data section staff in the collection of data generated from clinical trials.

Ensure that accrual data is reported to the coordinating centre as required and entered on EDGE.

To be able to provide information to allow for invoice to be raised for payments where appropriate.

Liaise with other departments and wards at the site/s in order to promote a good working environment, integration of research within and open up channels of communication.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered nurse


Desirable criteria
  • Cardiology or Stroke experience
  • Research experience

Attention to detail

Essential criteria
  • Documenting in patient notes

GCP Training

Desirable criteria
  • GCP training
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Andrew Smallwood
Job title
Senior Research Nurse
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