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Main area
Gastroenterology/Hepatology Research
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Employer type
Queen's Medical Centre
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
17/05/2021 23:59

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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Senior Research Nurse

Band 6

Job overview

The post holder will be responsible for managing & delivering a varied & complex portfolio of clinical trials from study set up to archiving in accordance with the clinical trial protocol and Good Clinical Practice. The role will involve completing and submitting documents to obtain local approval; collecting, recording and maintaining data for patients on the NIHR portfolio and other studies; providing leadership & guidance to clinical, administrative and research staff. Ensuring & organising research tests and investigations, preparing and shipping samples, and ensuring recruitment into clinical trials meets all targets. The post holder will be working across all three NUH sites depending of the needs of the clinical trials service.

In addition to the below summary  you need to familiarize yourself with full Job Description and Person Specification documents attached to this advert.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will play a key role in the provision of care and management of patients participating in clinical studies. We are looking for a motivated, skilful and knowledgeable registered nurse who will work well as part of a team and demonstrate initiative. Knowledge of clinical research, project management and endoscopy experience is favourable. Strong background of clinical skills (administration of intravenous drugs, venepuncture, and cannulation) is preferred. Responsibilities of the post include the coordination and day to day management of an agreed portfolio of clinical trials. Central to this role is the responsibility of managing trial activity safely within the care pathways for patients participating. You will work collaboratively with the other members of the study teams and with the wider multi-disciplinary research community. You will be required to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be self-driven and motivated.


Working for our organisation

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust provides services to over 2.5 million residents of Nottingham and its surrounding communities and specialist services to 3 to 4 million patients. Operating over 3 sites, we have an annual income of £824 million, 1700 beds and 13000 employees. We also have an ambition to be recognised as the country’s best teaching Trust; internationally distinguished in a range of services.

Research & Innovation at NUH is one of the focal points for clinical research in Nottingham and the East Midlands. Research is a top priority for the Trust in relation to establishing outstanding research infrastructure as well as in relation to the recruitment of participants into research studies. The Trust is currently the EM top recruiting organization for 2017/18 with over 11,000 participants in studies, and recruits over 28% of the total number of participants of research studies within our Clinical Research Network in the East Midlands.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  1. Research and Communication

Administer, co-ordinate and manage the collection of data relating to ongoing clinical studies in the portfolio.

Screen, identify, recruit and follow-up appropriate patients for clinical studies.

Demonstrate excellence and professionalism in all modes of communication: in writing, in person, via telephone and using ‘new’ media.

Carry out and/or monitor all trial-related and other research clinical care procedures for research participants to the highest safety standards.

Demonstrate keyboard, word processing and database skills, adapting to the required needs of specialist and trial-specific systems.

Perform trial and other research procedures competently and in accordance with local Trust policies e.g. ECG, sample processing, pregnancy testing, venepuncture, I.V cannulation.

Ensure that the processing and storage of biological samples meets the necessary requirements of the research protocol in order to ensure safe handling and quality.

Take responsibility for seeking consent from patients and relatives and/or provide support to medical colleagues in doing so. Approach patients and/or relatives during their inpatient stay to gain retrospective informed consent where appropriate.

Liaise with clinical research associates involved in specific clinical trials and report any concerns or safety problems to the appropriate authority.

Undertake research work competently under minimal supervision.

Maintain accurate records and other documentation appropriate to the individual trials.

Take responsibility for groups of research patients in specific trials to coordinate all aspects of their participation.

Contribute to the efficient set-up of new clinical trials as required and take the role of lead nurse on individual trials to improve continuity and effectiveness.

Ensure all trials are carried out in accordance with ICH-GCP guidelines.

Represent at investigator meetings and research conferences associated with clinical trials and as an advocate for NHS research and evidence-based care.

Ensure G.P.s are informed of, and updated on their patients’ participation in clinical trials in the portfolio where required.

Ensure that the rights, dignity and confidentiality of research participants and their families are protected at all times.

Actively maintain and promote effective communication within the department, the multi-professional team, patients and their families and other departments or organisations within the trust and network. Be a committed and supportive member of our small research team.

Take responsibility for ensuring safe keeping and archiving of all data from clinical studies in line with relevant legislation and local guidance.

Prepare for and facilitate trial monitoring by sponsors and regulatory authorities as required.

Assist in audit inspections and demonstrate knowledge of the audit process as a resource for clinical colleagues.

  1. Education

Ensure all members of the multi-professional team are aware of the clinical trials through formal and informal teaching.

Keep abreast of developments in clinical trials research in order to carry out the role effectively and competently.

Adopt a proactive approach to ensuring your own education and demonstrate a commitment to the development of the skills, knowledge and confidence of colleagues.

Assist in the induction and education of all members of the multi-professional team in the research process, details of specific trials and act as a general resource on research matters when required.

  1. Practice

Adopt a professional and patient-centred approach to prioritising workload and demonstrate effective strategies for managing the care of research patients and their families.

Demonstrate excellence in carrying out nursing procedures and techniques in accordance with agreed policies and standards when applicable.

Report to medical and/or senior nursing staff on the condition and progress of patients.

Demonstrate excellence in carrying out trial-specific procedures / techniques in accordance with trial protocols and standard operating procedures.

Work in a supernumerary capacity for occasional nursing shifts if required to maintain clinical skills and links with clinical areas.

Contribute towards maintaining an environment conducive to learning and development.

Contribute towards ensuring that research influences practice and education.


4. Professional

Maintain a proactive attitude to patient safety and ensure the prevention of harm to yourself, your patients and your colleagues including the timely and independent use of trial, research and all standard local safety reporting systems.

Identify personal objectives, reflect on progress and formally revise a personal development plan annually, in order to enhance their contribution to the department using the Performance Development Review (PDR) process.

Following individual performance management, liaise with the clinical and research lead nurses in agreeing how identified training and development needs are to be met.

Ensure that your own practice is kept updated, using an acceptable model of clinical supervision.

Take every opportunity to expand your practice and knowledge in line with the principles contained with the NMC document “The Code” (2018).

Represent the Research & Innovation research teams across and beyond NUH by displaying exemplary standards of behaviour and professionalism.

Ensure that the elements contained within the NMC’s document “The Code” (2018) are adhered to by yourself and others, in particular those relating to professional accountability.

Contribute to meeting the Directorate and Trust Strategic Objectives, Targets & Annual Plans for research delivery.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge and/or experience of Clinical research studies
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of ability to mentor


Essential criteria
  • Diploma or degree in health / nursing related Studies
Desirable criteria
  • Endoscopy trained/experience
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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

Andrea Bennett
Job title
Nurse Manager
Email address
Telephone number
0115 9249924
Additional information

Andrea Bennett
Nurse Manager 0115 9249924 Ext 80611