Band 6 Sister/Charge Nurse (Research) - Liver Delivery Team

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
12 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

We're looking for an individual with liver disease experience to join University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) to work in the Research, Development and Innovation Liver delivery team. We are one of the top recruiting clinical research teams here.

The research portfolio has an exciting range of both commercial and academic clinical trials. The trials include observational, as well as complex interventional and translational studies in alcohol related liver disease, viral hepatitis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, liver transplantation, liver / neuroendocrine cancer, autoimmune liver disease, portal hypertension and metabolic liver disease.

As a Sister/Charge nurse (Research) your role is to work closely with the multi-professional liver team to care for and support patients during their journey through a clinical research trial.

No experience? No problem. We'll teach you everything you need to know for this physically demanding role.

From the time you join us, you'll have access to learning, development and training opportunities. As you progress in your NHS career you'll acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to provide safe and compassionate patient care. You will have an opportunity to train for a number of extended roles which include venepuncture, cannulation, administration of cytotoxic / monoclonal medications as well as performing Electrocardiograms (ECG).

As a team we offer job security and flexible working patterns.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will act as a role model for junior team members in the delivery of a consistent high standard of nursing practice.

Use a range of techniques to set and monitor standards of clinical practice, audit, research and teaching to continually improve standards of care and patient experience. Gain consent of participants prior to carrying out clinical or research-related procedures and treatments as agreed within the trial protocol. Undertake venepuncture, cannulation, administration of cytotoxic / monoclonal medications as well as performing Electrocardiograms (ECG) as per the needs of the clinical trial. Oversee the patient pathway during trial participation.

Responsible for the accurate and timely safety reporting of Serious Adverse Events and escalate these to senior staff, according to Trust policy and research regulations. Responsible for the preparation and management of research study documentation as delegated by the Principal Investigator (PI) and according to the documents, policies and regulations. Responsible for own workload, often working autonomously whilst managing time effectively, and communicating respectfully to all. Work flexibly, and adapt to the changing workload and clinical case mix in the research environment to meet the needs of patients/participants within RD&I.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can;Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity; removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • *Registered level 1 Adult Nurse on the NMC register


  • *Health care management / leadership qualification



  • *Professional portfolio which demonstrates continuing professional development, evidence of ability to maintain professional registration.
  • *Substantial post registration experience working in a complex health care setting / Acute NHS care setting supervising / mentoring junior staff.
  • *Evidence of professional /clinical knowledge in area supplemented by specialist clinical and or managerial training and CPD.
  • *Relevant and recent clinical experience within the speciality /acute care setting, including the supervision /education of junior staff.
  • *Experience of mentoring undergraduate students.
  • *Evidence of ability to lead /coordinate a shift /area of department.
  • *Experience in learning from incidents /complaints and supporting changes in practice.


  • *Evidence of Research knowledge.
  • *Experience of clinical trials/ studies/ research coordination.

Additional Criteria


  • *Demonstrates specialist expertise underpinned by theory acquired through CPD
  • *Evidence of involvement and leadership in teaching and mentoring learners
  • *Competence in expanded clinical practice associated with the role
  • *Excellent Communication skills /written / verbal / IT
  • *Ability to work under pressure across competing demands
  • *Ability to articulate the principles of safeguarding and mental capacity
  • *Positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • *Approachable and friendly
  • *Supportive
  • *Flexible
  • *Well organised
  • *Goodcommunicator
  • *Sound clinical reasoning and decision making
  • *Ability to perform in complex and challenging situations
  • *Ability to inspire and lead a team
  • *Ability to work flexible shift pattern, where required to include rotation to day /night duty and unsocial hours according to service need


  • Demonstrate an ability, experience, passion in the following:
  • *Leadership
  • *Team Building
  • *Managing resources
  • *Time management
  • *Role modelling
  • *Change management / clinical developments
  • *Clinical governance
  • *Audit and research
  • *Workforce planning / management
  • *NHS policy and political awareness
  • TBC at appointment
  • Willingness to work core shift patterns for the area Monday to Friday with occasional out of hours /weekend working
  • OR
  • Undertake a range of shift patterns to cover 24/7 period when working as part of a peer group with occasions of out of hours / weekend working

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