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Paediatric Research Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
NHS AfC: Band 6
Part time - 18.75 hours per week
Job ref
Whiston Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
28/10/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

Are you an experienced qualified nurse looking to develop your career in
research? St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust is looking for a
motivated and enthusiastic Research Nurse to join their team and support the Paediatric NIHR research portfolio.

This is an exciting exciting opportunity to develop a career in clinical research, however previous experience of working within the NHS, especially would be an advantage. Knowledge of NHS research governance, ethical procedures, research methodology Good Clinical Practice (GCP) would be desirable. You will coordinate and facilitate specific research studies and be responsible for coordinating a portfolio of clinical studies and will assist clinicians and other staff from the set-up phase until completion as required.

You will be a registered nurse or AHP with relevant clinical experience. We are looking for a reliable, enthusiastic team player with excellent communication and time management skills. You will need to demonstrate a willingness to work flexibly within a multidisciplinary research environment. Good IT skills are required and you will and be competent with Microsoft Office applications.

Interviews for this position will take place week commencing 8th November 2021.

Main duties of the job

The Paediatric Research Nurse will support research studies, utilising knowledge and skills learned from their previous specialist clinical environment.

The post holder will have completed/updated essential research training (Good Clinical Practice GCP) training to enable them to independently identify, screen and recruit research participants by assessing physical, psychological and social suitability, managing the care pathways for patients and carers participating in clinical trials including the collection and documentation of accurate data.

You will work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team in the management of a case load of clinical trial patients and have a sound knowledge of the consent process; develop an in depth working knowledge of trial protocols, their application in practice, research methodology and the requirements of local, national  and international research regulations.

Working for our organisation

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the BEST acute Trusts in England for the THIRD year running!

The Trust is currently the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and is one of few in the entire country, to achieve the title of OUTSTANDING, rated by the Care Quality Commission.

We provide a full range of acute adult services to our local population of circa 350,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are also a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit.

Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To carry out the collection, processing and shipping of biological specimens according to protocol requirements and follow up appropriately on alert values.
  • To be involved in the education of patients and their various aspects of their disease.
  • To ensure that patient safety is paramount in all procedures that take place for trial purposes.
  • To report and record and adverse and serious adverse events as per protocol.
  • To ensure clinical and research documentation and record keeping is completed accurately and efficiently in accordance with NMC and GCP Guidelines.
  • To meet on a monthly basis with the senior nurse in RDI department for professional support and guidance.
  • To have sufficient computer skills for the handling and management of computerised data.
  • To keep up to date with relevant medical literature, developments in clinical research methodology, monitoring and local regulatory and ethical requirements.
  • To attend courses, conferences and study days in order to remain up to date with all relevant aspects of clinical research.
  • To attend monthly research network meetings.
  • To understand the relevance of research to health care delivery and be able to identify research problems with the speciality.
  • To develop the skills of other members of staff by identifying needs through observation and ensuring participation, practice and relevant education.
  • To participate in the education and development of student nurses.
  • Knowledge of clinical research including issues on ethics, law, drug development and management in clinical issues.
  • Management of clinical resources, equipment and staff members.
  • Partly responsible for submissions to research ethics committees.
  • Maintaining overall standard of care for patients at all times.
  • Educational and developmental role.
  • Ability to give advice on the organisation and management of research in progress.
  • Liaison with sponsor companies and multi-disciplinary research teams.
  • Good project management skills.
  • To contribute to all aspects of the planning, conduct and reporting of all clinical trials within the research speciality.
  • To be responsible for the day-to-day management of, patient recruitment to research studies.
  • To work on a daily basis with minimal supervision as part of a research team.
  • To ensure that all clinical research activity is ICH GCP compliant and conducted in accordance with the agreed protocols.
  • To maintain a high standard of patient care in line with Trust and R&D policies and protocols and in accordance with the Research Governance Framework.
  • To prioritise research activity as necessary thus ensuring recruitments targets are met.
  • To ensure that all data is collected and managed accurately.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 1st level nurse current NMC registration
  • Post graduate diploma in nursing or research (or equivalent relevant experience)
  • Attendance of recent short courses and or study days on Research
Desirable criteria
  • Post graduate qualification in nursing or research (or equivalent relevant experience

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Understanding of the role & responsibilities of a clinical research nurse
  • Understanding of the relevance of research to health care delivery and the ability to demonstrate knowledge of the specific research subject
  • Knowledge of ethical and quality standards applicable to clinical trials, including Good Clinical Practice requirements
  • Up to 3 years post basic experience or the ability to demonstrate relevant experience and the potential to develop as an effective, competent research nurse
  • Experience of liaison with staff at all levels in the Health Service
  • Experience of patient education and counselling, e.g. providing lifestyle advice
  • Supervision of Student Nurses
  • Ability to use a personal computer, (computer literacy and proficiency in MS Office/EDCL)
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of principles & practices of clinical research / clinical trials
  • Knowledge of the Health Service, RDI, the pharmaceutical industry partnership and relevant information sciences
  • Qualification in venepuncture/IV cannulation
  • Previous experience in clinical research studies
  • Experience of co-ordinating clinical research studies
  • Experience of leading the development of research projects (protocols and study documentation) and negotiating research funding
  • Skills in handling and management of computerised data (e.g. the abstraction and coding of medical data, computer data entry, statistical analysis, report generation and data validation)


Essential criteria
  • Good communication, presentational, training and interpersonal skills
Desirable criteria
  • Skills in administration of research and project management
  • Ability to assess, plan & evaluate patient care within a clinical trial environment
  • Skills required to evaluate and assist in developing new protocols
  • Skills in the analysis and interpretation of data


Essential criteria
  • Ability to work independently and prioritise own workload and to communicate effectively with all members of the multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and cope in a highly demanding environment
  • Possession of tact and sensitivity to the needs of both patients and colleagues.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and a high standard of accuracy, e.g. in the capture and validation of clinical trial data
  • Excellent and effective verbal and written communication skills
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to travel various hospital locations by own car/ assisted driver
  • Flexible approach to working hours
  • Ability and willingness to undertake further training in accordance with needs of the post
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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

Jeanette Anders
Job title
Research Development and Innovation Manager
Email address
Telephone number
0151 430 2334
Additional information

Sandra Greer, Senior Research Nurse