Research & Development Team Lead

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 a year Per Annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 7
Full Time
Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for an ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL, NURSE, OR CLINICAL RESEARCH PRACTITIONER to join the Research and Development Team within Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as a Team Lead.

Berkshire Healthcare is one of the most research active Mental Health and Community Trusts in the country. We are currently welcoming a new Team Lead to our friendly team. Applicants will be accepted from Allied Health Professions, Nursing, or Clinical Research Practitioners. This role will be based out of University of Reading.

This is an excellent opportunity for a reliable, motivated individual with previous experience of working in healthcare research. This is an opportunity to join our busy Research and Development delivery team working on studies on a range of specialisms including Dementia, Mental Health, Sexual Health, and Physical Health.

This post is based at University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, but you will be required to travel as required by the job role and as such a time efficient mode of transportation is essential. Currently the Trust is supporting remote working where appropriate.

This is a fixed term post until 31/03/2024

Interviews to be scheduled for 14th June

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide operational leadership day-to-day on the management and development of the research team portfolio. They will be accountable for recruitment targets within the team and will aid the team to identify studies, assess team capacity and workloads, prioritisation, assessment, management, and recruitment of patients to clinical research studies. This will involve:
  • Line management and supervision of allocated team members
  • Co-ordinating, facilitating and supporting day-to-day activities for concurrent research studies
  • Identifying, recruiting, and supporting participants through the research process
  • Provide support as necessary to study teams and clinicians
  • Working both autonomously and with the research team to drive clinical research delivery performance within Berkshire Healthcare
  • Supporting the research team to achieve research targets

The \must haves for this role:
  • Experience of research in a health or social care setting
  • Experience of line management
  • Excellent communication skills
  • IT skills

  • About us

    Berkshire Healthcare has a record of achievement and success that places us as one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We are rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC, we have a history of strong financial performance, and we have a highly skilled and engaged workforce. We aspire to be an outstanding organisation for everyone: our people, our patients, their families, and their carers.

    For our people who work here that means we want Berkshire Healthcare to be a great place to work where everyone can thrive and grow. Some of the benefits of joining our team:
    • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance
    • Annual leave - 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff
    • Excellent learning and development opportunities
    • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
    • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
    • Advanced IT enablement and support
    • Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.
    • And so much more

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    The Trust may close any vacancy prior to the advertised closing date due to the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

    Person Specification



    • Registered Nurse or
    • Registered Healthcare Professional or
    • Qualified to degree level in relevant discipline
    • And Postgraduate training or equivalent experience


    • For non-registered healthcare professionals - Accredited Clinical Research Practitioner or working towards accreditation



    • Knowledge and experience of working with patients with a variety of diagnoses (including mental health, dementia, neurodegenerative conditions and or community health conditions)
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Excellent time management and organisational skills
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Experience of line management and development
    • Awareness of obligatory regulations and legal requirements of NHS research


    • Demonstrable experience of working with Quality Improvement Systems



    • Evidence of continuing, professional, and personal experience post qualification at Senior Level
    • Clinical experience of working in the NHS
    • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment
    • Experience of research in a healthcare setting


    • Experience of working in community services and community mental health team settings.



    • Self-motivated
    • Flexibility and adaptability to ensure cover at all times on a wide rage of research studies.
    • Proven ability to work confidently and autonomously, prioritising workload efficiently and effectively.


    • Strong motivation to work within the field of research
    • Proven compassionate approach to leadership.



    • Ability to travel in a time efficient way across all areas supported by the Trust and at times in the local Clinical Research Network


    • Ability to travel independently and attend conferences/training events outside the region.

    Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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