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Research Governance & Quality Facilitator

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

Are you an experienced Research Management & Governance specialist seeking an opportunity to make a positive impact on clinical research in Mental Health and Dementia and Neurodegenerative Disorders?

We have an exciting position for a Research Governance and Quality Facilitator to join the Research & Innovation team to provide expert advice and guidance and efficient operational delivery of research governance and management processes for both KMPT sponsored and hosted NIHR portfolio and non-portfolio research throughout the study Lifecycle.

The successful candidate will have excellent attention to detail, communication and team working skills, be highly organised and able to work autonomously and manage competing deadlines and priorities.

Main duties of the job

As the Research Governance & Quality Facilitator you will play a key role providing expert advice and guidance to researchers on all research governance and management processes including NIHR Portfolio eligibility, regulatory Approvals, research legislation, local capacity & capability, completion of the IRAS application and HR arrangements for Researchers (Research Passports and issuing Honorary Research Contracts or Letters of Access, as appropriate. This post involves analysing study protocols/proposals, interpreting complex policy and legislation and providing relevant feedback.

Working closely with colleagues across the R&I team you will support the review of studies and subsequent amendments identifying areas of governance risk to ensure the site has the appropriate capacity and capability. This will involve review of national costing tools and research contracts/agreements and facilitating contract sign-off.

A crucial part of your role is to support our performance to local and national metrics, ensuring the quality of data recorded in local portfolio management system and other relevant databases.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for ensuring that new studies meet the requirements of Good Clinical Practice and UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research (2018), national processes, relevant legislation and local standard operating procedures. In conjunction with the other members of the team, the post holder will also facilitate the production of good quality of research.

They will responsible for the timely set-up of clinical research studies (and processing of amendments) and work closely with the Clinical Research Delivery Team to ensure robust feasibility and risk assessment within the nationally agreed benchmarks for initiation and delivery. As part of the set-up process the post holder will be expected to lead on the costing and contract review process during site set-up (and amendments) with support from the Research Governance & Quality Manager

In collaboration with R&I colleagues, the post holder will be responsible for maintaining local databases, portfolio management systems and registers, ensuring data quality for performance reporting.

The role requires the post holder to liaise in a diplomatic and professional manner with researchers and staff from a variety of healthcare research settings (NHS/HEI/Commercial) at all levels on a variety research governance matters including advice & support, feedback and requesting further information.

Quality Management & Performance Monitoring are central aspects of this role and this post offers the post holder a great opportunity for personal and professional development and ongoing education. Furthermore, drawing on knowledge and experience they will supervise and mentor other staff where assigned to do so and actively contribute to the evaluation and improvement of the service.

The post holders previous experience and training will allow them to promote high standards of practice in research and manage their ownworkload. They should have highly developed attention to detail, be able to interpret complex information and effectively communicate this and have the ability to demonstrate enthusiasm and innovation when faced with challenge.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • Masters Degree or equivalent experience
  • Years experience


  • Further research related study or qualification



  • Experience of AcoRD attribution and review of and populating national costing tools (SoECAT and iCT)
  • Experience of national study set-up process (LIP review/Risk Assessment/confirmation of Capacity & Capability, Green Light)
  • Experience reviewing research contract and agreements (OID/ PIC Agreement/ mCTA/mCIA/mNCA, mNISA, NIHR Collaboration Agreement , NDA
  • Experience of working in a research management environment (NHS -3 /HEI- 1/ Commercial - 1)
  • Experience of HR Arrangements for Research (Research Passports, HRCs, NHS to NHS LOA and Non -NHS LOA
  • Experience of Portfolio Management Systems and metric reporting
  • Understanding and experience supporting researchers to navigate the research landscape (NIHR/funding, CRN study support service/FUNDING, IRAS Application, HRA Approval, other regulatory approvals)


  • Experience of study auditing
  • Experience of study monitoring
  • Mentoring or supervision expereince
  • Experience in Project Managment

Knowledge and Skills


  • Detailed knowledge of Good Clinical Practice
  • knowledge of legislation and regulation relevant to healthcare research (Research [Policy for Health & Social Care, Medical Device Directive, Human Tissue Act, GDPR/DPA, GCP, Medical Device Directive
  • Knowledge of processes that apply to research in England (costing SoECAT validation non-commercial/ Commercial Costing/ HRA Approval/ Portfolio Eligibility process/ REC review, MHRA
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Problem Solving skills
  • Ability to prioritise


  • Experience Delivering Training to healthcare or research professionals

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