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Primary Care Research Facilitator

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year pa inclusive
Closing date
30 May 2023

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Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Clinical Research Network (CRN), North West London (NWL) as a Research Facilitator. The Network has been established to improve research collaboration between researchers and NHS partners and the Research Facilitators are required to promote this collaboration in current and planned projects.

NIHR: CRN North West London covers eight boroughs in London: Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing, Hounslow, West London and Central London. We work with everyone who is involved in the set-up and delivery of clinical research projects - researchers, primary care staff at GP practices, pharmacies, GDPs, multi-disciplinary teams and research and development staff based in NHS trusts.

We support studies that are based within a number of different specialties including primary care, dermatology, musculoskeletal, public health, and oral and dental services.

We support randomised controlled trials, service evaluations, qualitative studies, epidemiological research, genetic research and e-science studies. These can be multi-centre and multi-site projects as well as small single-site pilot studies.

We support both publicly-funded research studies and projects that are sponsored by industry.

Main duties of the job

The Research Facilitator post will provide a key role in research management support to NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Portfolio studies undertaken in North West London. The post holder will be responsible for coordinating the setup of a portfolio of research projects running in any Primary, Community and Social Care settings in North West London. They will support research studies at various stages, from expressions of interest and feasibility, all the way to regulatory submissions, operational setup and delivery. The post holder will also provide advice on regulatory and governance as part of the national Regulatory and Governance Advice Service, in all aspect of NIHR portfolio research, including setup, feasibility, approval, on-going management and closedown. They will be responsible for project managing study setup, engaging with sponsors, clinicians, support departments and managers to ensure that research projects are approved and initiated in a timely manner. The post holder will use a number of data management tools to ensure that information on the CRN research portfolio is accurate and up-to-date. The post holder will line manage a Speciality Group Facilitator who supports local Clinical Research and Specialty Leads and the Operational Management Team (OMT) in the delivery of national and local objectives.

About us

At Imperial College Healthcare you can achieve extraordinary things with extraordinary people, working with leading clinicians pushing boundaries in patient care. Become part of a vibrant team living our values - expert, kind, collaborative and aspirational. You'll get an experience like no other and will fast forward your career.

Benefits include career development, flexible working and wellbeing, staff recognition scheme. Make use of optional benefits including Cycle to work, car lease schemes, season ticket loan or membership options for onsite leisure facilities. We encourage staff to have the Covid vaccination to protect themselves, patients, other colleagues as well as the wider community. Please note it is an operational requirement to comply with infection prevention and control procedures within the Trust such as lateral flow testing, handwashing and the wearing of masks, according to the procedures in place at any time or location.

As part of our continued response to Covid19 we are still conducting the majority of our interviews virtually.

We are committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff and will consider applications to work flexibly, part-time or job share.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both overviews please view the Job Description attachment with the job advert.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • Educated to degree level or evidence of equivalent level of ability/experience


  • Postgraduate level degree
  • Project management training
  • Good Clinical Practice training



  • Recent experience of working in a complex and demanding office environment
  • Recent experience of working in a complex and demanding office environment


  • Project management experience
  • Experience of managing regulatory submissions

Skills/Knowledge/ Abilities


  • Understanding of the clinical research cycle
  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology, ability to interpret research protocols and regulatory information
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent numeracy skills and financial acumen
  • Ability to demonstrate being performance focused and results driven


  • Knowledge of NIHR industry costing template and/or Department of Health AcoRD guidance

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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