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COMPASS Research Nurse team leader

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Are you a research nurse looking for your next opportunity?

We have an exciting new opportunity for an experienced Research Nurse to work as part of a new multicentre clinical trial led by COMPASS Pathways which is being hosted by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust within the newly refurbished 5 Windsor Walk research unit.

Alongside the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London and South London and Maudsley (SLAM) NHS has found that a 25mg dose of psilocybin, alongside psychological support, had a significant impact in reducing symptoms of depression in participants with treatment-resistant depression.

We are looking for a dynamic and pro-active applicant to take the role of Research Nurse Team Leader who will work along side a band 6 research nurse, Administrator, therapists and psychiatrists.

Key aspects of this role will be to promote the safety and wellbeing of subjects participating in clinical studies and assist the senior team in daily management of workload in the clinical environment, carrying out preparation, planning and execution of daily activities. As well as promoting a high standard of care at all times you will carry out tasks such as monitoring subjects with appropriate escalation.

Main duties of the job

As a research nurse and team leader, your role will be key in leading the effective running of the research unit in collaboration with the wider research team. You will play an essential role in the experience of participants to the trials and co-ordinate the patient pathway.

You will have line management responsibility of a band 6 research nurse and a team administrator and will provide supervision to themalongside ensuring that the unit runs according to the trial requirements and SLAM policies.

You will lead on governance requirements and support with maintain adequate records and ensure all relevant information is documented as required.

About us

About the location:

Our newly renovated research unit is located at 5 Windsor Walk at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2).


Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions, and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and supporting a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership, and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefit from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefit fromkeyworker housing which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands through Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities
  • Work autonomously to manage a caseload of patients ensuring a duty of care to the patient and their families.
  • Work within EU clinical trial directives in accordance with ICH GCP (International Conference on Harmonisation and Good Clinical Practice) ensuring that the clinical trial protocol is adhered to at all times.
  • Identify patients suitable for entry into clinical trials by attending clinics (screening notes/consultant referral) and Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) meetings.
  • Participate in the informed consent process acting as a resource and support to patients and their families
  • Co ordinate the research patient pathway from screening through to trial closure
  • Ensure that adequate precautions are taken to minimise the risk of cross infection in relation to the safe disposal of body fluids including blood products.
  • Support the administration of trial drugs, be aware of and report any side effects as outlined in the protocol, in association with local nursing teams.
  • Maintain adequate patients records and ensure all relevant information is documented in the patients medical and nursing notes.
  • Responsible for the collection, co-ordination and computerisation of data generated from the clinical trials.
  • Keep up to date with current practices for cannulation, phlebotomy, care of patients with Central Venous Access lines and handling and administration for cytotoxic chemotherapy.
  • To identify strategies for recruiting patients to clinical trials and support less experienced team members to implement those strategies

Portfolio Management and Development
  • Review trial protocols and identify resource implications for the site.
  • Liaise with the medical team/sponsor organisation and co-ordinate the on
  • study treatment and follow up of patient
  • Liaise with Clinical Trial Set Up staff to help assist in the set-up of trials on site.
  • Assist in completing submissions to Research & Development departments of relevant sites. Process amendments and disseminate information to relevant departments
  • Supervise the research team in the collation of data generated from clinical trials.
  • Ensure that accrual data is reported to the SELCRN co-ordinating centre as required.
  • To be able to provide information to allow for invoice to be raised for payments where appropriate
  • Build strong professional relationships with other departments in order to promote a good working environment.
  • Educate appropriate medical and nursing personnel and departments of portfolio of clinical trials. .
  • To manage clinical incidents effectively
  • To report to the Governance Team any clinical incidences and follow up to conclusion
  • Maintain a dialogue of progress with the the Clinical Trials Manager.
  • Attend monthly portfolio performance review meetings: identify and act on issues.
  • Provide cover when necessary for annual leave, study leave, sick leave
  • Contribute to yearly business planning to ensure the research team is properly structured and resourced at all times.

Professional Development and Leadership
  • To develop and implement strategies to maintain and increase the level of patient recruitment into clinical trials withinthe Compass Research Unit.
  • To work in collaboration with the Service Manager to implement strategies and systems for quality assurance
  • Attend the training programmes and other relevant education and training days as agreed in your development plan.
  • Attend investigator meetings and conferences when required
  • Takes personal responsibility for own professional growth and keep up to date with professional development and research.
  • Participate in service development.
  • Mentor and support other members of the team
  • Participate in clinical supervision as both supervisor and supervisee in accordance with the NMC guidelines.
  • Undertake performance review at regular intervals.
  • Manage and ensure adherence to trust policies throughout the team.
  • To act in accordance with local policies and procedures laid down South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • To undertake an annual appraisal (internal performance review) to identify organisation and professional objectives and development needs.
  • Ensure continued effective registration with the NMC and be aware of NMC Code of Professional Conduct.
  • They must be accountable for their own practice. To work within the NMC Scope of Professional Practice and ensure competency to undertake duties as allocated.
  • To work on the above autonomously within professional practice guidelines and Trust guidelines.

Person Specification



  • Degree level qualification
  • RMN or RGN with NMC registration
  • Current GCP qualification
  • Mentoring/Teaching qualification or equivalent experience



  • Experience as a qualified nurse in a clinical setting
  • Experience as a research nurse at band 6
  • Line management and supervisory experience
  • Has experience of coordinating research patient pathway from screening through to trial closure



  • Knowledgeable in research theory and practice and competent in data

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