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Primary Care Research Engagement Officer

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

The primary purpose of the Engagement Officer is to raise awareness about NIHR research amongst primary healthcare staff, promote research opportunities and the value of research within Primary Care. To actively work across CRN Thames Valley & South Midlands to promote the current research portfolio and the support our team can provide. To work with primary care organisations and services at different levels (PCN, Federative and practices) to encourage uptake of NIHR research at scale and at individual practices.

The post holder will work closely with the Primary Care Portfolio Manager and all members of the Research Facilitator Team to increase, facilitate and sustain the delivery of NIHR CRN portfolio studies within a specific area

Main duties of the job

Engage with research-nave primary care organisation to promote the benefits of undertaking clinic research across Berks, Oxon and Bucks.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training, and research. Find out more

The Trust comprises of four hospitals - theJohn Radcliffe Hospital,Churchill HospitalandNuffield Orthopaedic Centrein Headington and theHorton General Hospitalin Banbury.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Research Promotion and Engagement

  • Develop and deliver an action plan for targeted engagement with Primary Care organisations. This will include working closely with practices to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of NIHR research via a range of communication methods including attending practice meetings, workshops and webinars.
    • To actively promote the value of research, develop good working relationships with primary care services and staff (includes ICSs, LAs, PCNs) and maintain a working knowledge of local primary care services.
    • Work with portfolio manager/s and comms team to develop and implement both research engagement strategies (Trusts, Community Trusts, PPI, research champions) and strategies overcoming barriers to engagement.
    • To work in conjunction with the Primary Care Portfolio Manager and Research Facilitator team to raise the profile of NIHR CRN TVSM within the locality and promote support we can provide.
    • Networking and attending primary care events/meetings with primary care healthcare professionals and NIHR CRN TVSM staff
    • Promote and encourage research naive practices to take part in light-touch research opportunities research
    • Develop and deliver a community action plan for the engagement of stakeholders, partners and community leaders to raise awareness of primary care research.
  • Specifically increase uptake to primary care research from under-served communities and other disadvantaged groups working alongside the CRN TV&SM Communications team.
  • Have excellent knowledge of clinical trial lifecycle and be confident in speaking to a variety of audiences
  • To review and develop promotional materials to raise awareness of primary care research

Education and Training
  • To become an expert in training on topics that are relevant to the delivery of NIHR research

  • To maintain an up to date knowledge of research related topics particularly related to clinical trials and the activities of the CRN
  • To attend local and national meetings as appropriate and as agreed with the Primary Care Portfolio Manager
  • To assist in orientating and inducting new staff
  • To act as a role model, mentor and preceptor to the network team

Research Delivery
  • To act as a resource and support to primary care sites and other primary care practitioners involved in the identification and recruitment of patients to NIHR studies using project management methodologies and tools
  • Providing feedback to study teams if there are engagement issues or other barriers to recruitment
  • To liaise with study teams, GP Research Champions and CRN nurse team (if applicable) to facilitate the delivery of primary care recruitment within NIHR CRN TVSM to agreed timelines and targets. This includes providing expert guidance on appropriate primary care recruitment strategies and calculating study resource needs, particularly with regards to proposed primary care service support activities
  • Work with academic partners to develop and prepare Research Information Sheets for Practices (RISPs) for prospective studies
  • To be responsible for maintaining communication channels with all participating members of each study team

  • Update local database and run reports to support with practice engagement activities/projects

Project Management
  • Support and lead on the delivery of specific internal projects which align with the strategic objectives.
  • Liaise with internal teams and/or external shareholders in order to deliver projects which require input from various teams.
  • Keep accurate and timely records of engagement activity, Inform NIHR stakeholders and contribute to progress updates at meetings
  • Develop tools and resources as required to enable the team to work efficiently

  • To work flexibly with other members of the NIHR CRN TVSM team and/or practices and other primary care professionals to ensure the delivery of a coordinated, professional service
  • To keep up to date with all new developments within the Network and develop own skills and competencies
  • To report any specific concerns to the Primary Care Portfolio Manager
  • To maintain patient confidentiality and standards of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) at all times
  • To travel as required across Thames Valley and South Midland Clinical Research Network
  • To understand and adhere to Trust policies and procedures
  • Contribute ideas and suggestions to our quarterly e-newsletter
  • Maintain a shared team calendar

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a health or social sciences discipline
  • Good working knowledge of standards governing research in the UK (eg GCP, ethics)
  • Good working knowledge of research methods and study design
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office apps
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Prior experience working in a research field
  • Proven experience of effective stakeholder engagement
  • current full driving driving licence and access to car, able to travel across TVSM geography


  • Previous experience working in primary care settings

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