Research Nurse


Posted: 2 years ago

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

£25,655 -£39,027 pa/pro rata

Fixed term

We recently went into partnership with Bournemouth University and, with the merger of Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts, became University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust this is a really exciting time to join us!

Our ambitious multi-million pound plans to develop our sites are well underway, including developing RBH as the major acute and emergency hospital in East Dorset, PH as the major planned care hospital, and ambitious plans for Christchurch to support on-going patient treatment.

Joining UHD gives you the opportunity to enjoy all that Dorset has to offer. Bournemouth is a vibrant university town , and Poole has a large natural harbour and is perfect for water sports or relaxing at a quayside restaurant.

With both the New Forest and Isle of Purbeck on our doorstep, over 7 miles of stunning sandy beaches and coastal paths, we are located within an area of amazing beauty providing a great place for you to achieve your rewarding work life balance.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a nurse to join our research team in Division 2 (cardiology, stroke, diabetes and neurology) to initiate and manage National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) studies and commercial trials. Based at the Poole Hospital site of University Hospitals Dorset, you will be an integral part of the Research and Development Department and therefore may also be required to support other research teams where necessary, including working on Covid studies if required.

This is a full-time post, although part time would be considered. It is currently for a fixed-term 12 months contract, then for review.

The research nurse works closely with the wider research team and the clinical multi-disciplinary teams. You will work under the guidance of the Senior Research Nurse and the Lead Research Nurse, working collaboratively with a wider team of research nurses across UHD. This role entails direct contact with patients in ward and outpatient environments.

We are looking for a self-motivated nurse to coordinate clinical trials; identifying, recruiting and supporting patients through the research process, as well as providing support as necessary to study teams and clinicians (medical and nursing).

Current experience in cardiology, stroke, diabetes or neurology is necessary, as is the ability to work autonomously. Experience as a research nurse is desirable but not essential. This post offers a fantastic development opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic individual with an interest in research to develop or build their research career. This post is being advertised as a Band 6 post, but you may start as a Band 5 dependent on experience. It is expected that the appointed candidate achieves the competencies to progress from a Band 5 to a Band 6 within 3 - 12 months of being in post.

Competence in the use of a variety of IT systems, including Microsoft Office and a range of databases is essential.

This job will involve:

  • Provision of a high quality specialist research nursing service to inpatients & outpatients working as part of the wider research and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Screening and recruitment of patients for trials, including consenting.
  • Management of research trials (including drug trials and trials of clinical devices).
  • Working with the Research and Development Department to ensure compliance with local and national regulatory requirements.
  • Further development of clinical research knowledge and project management skills.
  • Provision of the optimum service and quality of care for each patient and family, maintaining confidentiality and trust
  • Working as part of the wider research community within the Wessex Clinical Research Network

Please see the Person Specification for full criteria requirements.

You will be based at the Poole Hospital site in the ward and office environment and other areas of the hospital. You may occasionally be required to work in other areas of the Trust.

Currently the working hours are Monday-Friday daytime hours, and some flexibility is required. Exact working days to be discussed.

Please note: if this job requires you to have a DBS check to enable you to properly fulfil the requirements of the job, on appointment you will be required to repay the cost of obtaining a DBS check and this amount will be reclaimed from your salary.

Base Location: Poole Hospital

Interview Date: 3rd May 2022

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Joanna Samways

Job title Lead Research Nurse

Email address

Telephone number 0300 019 5311

Additional contact information

Sarah Orr ( 0300 019 6538).

We believe that having a diverse workforce, and allowing people to be themselves, is essential in ensuring we offer an inclusive, welcoming and productive place to work.

We especially welcome applications from minority groups in the community who may be underrepresented in our workforce.

At UHD our active staff network groups are Black Asian Minority Ethnic Group (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network Group (LGBTQ+), European (EU), Pro Ability Staff Network, and the Armed Forces Support Group.

As a Trust we are proudly signed up to the Disability Confident and Armed Forces Covenant guaranteed interview schemes.

Please note:

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment at this time, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated.

Staff recruited are expected to be available to work flexibly across all our Trust locations when service demands require it.

This advert may be closed early if sufficient applications are received.

Internal Candidates: staff employed prior to merger who voluntarily change jobs will be appointed to UHD terms and conditions.



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Job Reference

Reference: 153-ATR12883

Closing Date: 2022-04-24

Interview Date: 03/05/2022

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