Research Nurse - Respiratory

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Respiratory nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to make a difference?

Are you looking for a new and different career pathway while still maintaining your clinical skills and patient care?

Look no further, clinical research nursing offers you an exciting and rewarding patient centred career which is fundamental in the strive to find new treatments, care and experiences for our patients and their families. If this is for you, come and experience this at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a confident, enthusiastic, highly organised and motivated Band 5 Registered Nurse to join our Research & Innovation Department at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust. This will be a full time post 37.5 hours per week on a permanent contract. The post will see you supporting the day to day running of clinical trials from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Portfolio delivering on a number of respiratory studies and supporting the wider research team.

The post holder will be supported by the Specialist Research Nurse and Senior Nurses within the Department and will work in close collaboration with the Research Nursing Team, Principal Investigators and research support staff, to ensure compliance with Trust Policy, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Human Tissue Act (HTA), and trial specific protocols.

Thinking this new adventure could be for you? Come and meet the team and find out more.

Please contact Serena Howe or Priyanka Abraham to arrange a visit.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone ideally with sound clinical experience and an interest or knowledge of clinical research. Excellent communication, interpersonal and IT skills are required as is good attention to detail, and an ability to work independently and flexibly. The successful applicant will need to be enthusiastic and ready to work actively to support recruiting patients in line with NIHR targets. Interest or experience in respiratory medicine as well as phlebotomy, cannulation and IV competencies are desirable but not essential.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training will be given to the successful candidate. Support will be provided to attain specific research competencies. Previous experience is an advantage but not essential as in house training will be given.

As a research nurse you will be involved in all aspects of research delivery from study start up through to completion, supporting patient identification, recruitment and follow up in clinical trials ensuring their smooth running & giving continued care & support for the patients involved. Study specific training will be given to ensure you are confident to care for patients enrolled in the various studies being run by the department. You will work across a range of studies including observational and interventional research.

About us

The Trust is committed to driving excellence in care for our patients and communities and was rated good by the Care Quality Commission report published 2020 and became a University Hospital. We are ranked as the third in the country for research embedding education and training across the organisation and we continuously strive to achieve our core values which are at the heart of everything we do. The Trusts main hub is the Queen Alexandra Hospital, starting life as a military hospital over a century ago and now one of the largest hospitals on the south coast and you may have seen us on the TV series Nurses on the Ward. The Trust provides comprehensive secondary care and specialist services to a local population of 675,000 people across South East Hampshire. The Trust employs over 8,000 staff and are #ProudtobePHU our patients come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because its the right thing to do, but because it makes our hospital stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for providing outstanding care and support for patients, colleagues and our community you will find a home at PHU. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veterans status, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Act as a professional role model, demonstrate clinical skills, promote clinical excellence and ensure an optimum standard of nursing care is delivered to all patients/research participants.
  • Promote and set high standards of nursing care and maintain the delivery of quality care within the trust policies, protocols and guidelines.
  • Provide and deliver a high standard of evidence based nursing care through the assessment, planning, and evaluating of individual patients needs based on evidence. Initiate and co-ordinate care in the clinical area for a specified group of patients.
  • Recognise and respond to a change in patient status undertaking first line interventions within scope of practice and refer on to the appropriate clinician as required.
  • Actively promote safe and effective working practices to prevent harm to the patients within your care and take part in safety audits and monitoring to maintain high quality standards.
  • Communicate and work with the multidisciplinary team to improve quality of care, and informed clinical decisions. Promote innovation and share any new ideas to improve patient care.
  • Coordinate patient care and trial procedures for a clinical area of practice once deemed competent to do so.
  • Liaise, report and document any relevant nursing/patient needs with other health care professionals with on-going responsibility for patient care, communicating changes as they occur.
  • Ensure that accurate and timely patient records are maintained.
  • Implement the Trust Values ensuring they are embedded into everyday practice and evaluate their impact on the patients experience.
  • Engage and interact with carers/family encouraging them to be actively involved in patients involvement in research.
  • Ensure concerns raised by patients and their families are escalated and dealt with in an open, honest and transparent way, in line with trust policies, procedures and Duty of Candour legislation.
  • Maintain and continually develop in-depth specialist knowledge of nursing practice relevant to the individual clinical speciality.
  • Achieve competence in the use of medical devices/equipment by accessing training and maintain these.
  • Promote health education within the clinical area and advise patient, family, and others in health promotion issues, making every contact count. Promote the health and well-being of staff, patients and their carers.
  • Maintain links with other Research Nurses, Clinical Trial Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists, to share knowledge and act as a mutual support.

Management and Leadership
  • Report, escalate and manage patient safety events and clinical emergencies as detailed in Trust-wide and local research protocols and procedures.
  • Be proactive in the prevention and management of complaints (formal and those via Patient Advice and Liaison Service) and when they occur investigate and respond in a timely manner.
  • In conjunction with other team members, participate in quality monitoring and improvements.
  • Comply and promote compliance with Trust policies and guidelines e.g. Health and Safety, Clinical Risk and Infection Control.
  • Take appropriate action to address unexpected changes and situations, informing the Senior Research Team or other if unable to resolve.
  • Contribute to the clinical area non-pay budgets to ensuring good housekeeping and economic use of resources.
  • Delegate duties and tasks to un-registered staff, students/trainees and other staff at Bands 1 to 4 as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and compliance with health and safety regulations/procedures that apply to staff, patients, and visitors within Trust premises.
  • Work closely with partners i.e. Engie, resolving any issues regarding cleanliness, provision of food and maintenance of the environment. Ensure staff are aware how to escalate when issues cannot be resolved.

Research and Education
  • Contribute to the coordination and delivery of Clinical Trial activities within Portsmouth Hospitals.
  • Assist in the review of new Trial protocols and contribute to the assessment of their clinical and practical implications (including feasibility and risk) to patients.
  • Lead low risk research trials with oversight from your line manager and senior colleagues.
  • Assist in the identification, screening and assessment of the suitability of local patients to take part in Clinical Trials, in accordance with specified inclusion/exclusion criteria.
  • Provide specialist information to patients about taking part in Clinical Trials, including the risks and benefits of participation in specific protocols.
  • Facilitate the process of gaining informed consent from participants.
  • Ensure that Trial-specific investigations and sampling are undertaken as required by the protocol in order to establish the eligibility of patients and to ensure their safe entry into Trials.
  • Act as a contact for Clinical Trial patients and assist in the setting of standards of care for patients in Clinical Trials, using a patient focused approach.
  • Promote research at ward level, encouraging staff to support research in order to aid recruitment, embedding research into clinical care.
  • Provide Research Nurse support to Principal Investigators in delivering timely, safe, and quality Research Trials.
  • Support liaison with other clinical departments, support departments and external partners to maximise the potential of trials recruiting to time and target.
  • Maintain accurate documentation in an auditable format, and accurately record data as required by each Trial and to work to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) for Clinical Trials activity.
  • Assist in the monitoring of the local performance of Trials activity and the use of resources when prescribing and implementing care and treatments in accordance with Trial protocols.
  • Use and maintain competence in the use of IT systems to organise, record, report and monitor Trials activities.
  • Help identify barriers to recruitment and performance, communicating these to the Senior colleagues, the MDT and wider research team.
  • Ensure that all activities undertaken meet the standards set out in the Principles of Good Clinical Practice and UK Policy Framework for Health & social Care Research and adhere to all applicable Regulatory requirements (e.g. Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to evidence based practice, highlight areas for change, and support the initiation and evaluation of evidence to improve and develop patient care.

  • Participate fully in the Appraisal and Development Review Process.
  • Provide a positive learning environment creating a culture for learning and development that will sustain person-centred safe and effective care. Encourage team open-ness so that an evidence based approach is utilized and applied to nursing care.
  • Supervise, assess, mentor students and support all Health Care Professionals, junior staff including bank and agency staff.
  • Encourage a culture where students receive quality placements supported by mentorship and teaching from the multi-professional team.
  • As a member of the team contribute to the development of clinical and professional nursing practice.
  • Support and contribute to the orientation of new/temp staff and preceptorship for junior nurses.
  • Achieve and maintain research skills and knowledge in accordance with departmental guidance frameworks.
  • Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff development and training.
  • Act in such a way that at all times the health and well-being of children and vulnerable adults is safeguarded. Familiarization with and adherence to the Safeguarding Policies of the Trust is an essential requirement for all employees. In addition all staff are expected to complete essential/mandatory training in this area.
  • GCP to be kept up to date as per trust requirements.

Communication and Working Relations
  • Communicate highly sensitive and complex information with empathy ensuring that information is understood.
  • Communicating and co-operating with other wards and departments, promoting and maintaining good working relationships within own clinical area and across the organization, giving accurate information as required and keeping everyone informed of any untoward incidents.
  • Deal with interpersonal conflict and escalate to senior nurse to assist with resolution of any adverse situation/incidents. Comply and promote compliance to Trust policies e.g. Harassment and Bullying.
  • Participate in the induction of temporary staff to department policies and routine.
  • Develop positive relationships with all members of the multi-disciplinary team contributing to good team working and collaborative working practices.
  • Contribute to a supportive environment for all staff.

Working Conditions and Effort
  • May be frequently exposed to distressing circumstances e.g. if working with patients who are terminally ill and their families and/or exposed to other conditions.
  • Occasional/frequent exposure to unpleasant or highly unpleasant working conditions e.g. bodily fluids, smell, etc.
  • Adhere to Trust policies and procedures, e.g. Health and Safety at Work, Equal Opportunities, and No Smoking.
  • May be required to work unsocial hours as necessary dependent on the needs of the service and work across more than one location e.g Research Hubs.
  • Support the Trust at times of high pressure, undertaking training as required i
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