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Research funding manager

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Ashton Under Lyne
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 7
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen to become part of our growing team in research and innovation at Pennine Care. due to the expansion of the department, we require someone with experience of managing research finances from grant application through to completion of study. working in conjunction with the Research and Innovation Manager and our internal financial structure, you will be responsible for overseeing the financial aspects of grant bids as well as ensuring individual research projects have sound financial management

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as a skilled, autonomous practitioner and as part of the multidisciplinary team to promote PCFT-led research and innovation. Working across professional boundaries, the post holder will provide expert advice and support to Trust investigators and liaise with external organisations to develop robust research teams, submit competitive grant applications and increase the Trust's research skills, knowledge and capacity base via the development and delivery of research training programmes and workshops. There will also be line management responsibility for more junior members of the Research and innovation team

About us

The R&I team and service at Pennine Care is expanding. You will be joining a vibrant and forward thinking organisation keen to increase the depth and breadth of its research activity. A supportive environment for developing both internal research capability and improving our collaborations with our multiple external partners is at the heart of this role. it is very much a team of R&I staff based at Trust HQ, but with research activity in al 5 of the boroughs we serve and across all mental health and learning disability and autism services

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities Research Grant DevelopmentResponsible for providing advice and support to investigators and act as their main point of contact, including:Advising whether a project is research, audit or service evaluation and appropriate proceduresAgreeing sponsor for all studiesPerforming study-site assessments for Trust sponsored studies, ensuring satisfactory facilities and personnel to perform research projectsSupporting investigators to identify relevant NIHR portfolio accredited funding steamsSupporting investigators to identify innovation funding streams where appropriate

providing costings for grant applications ensuring that these are robust and in line with local, regional and national guidance

communicating complex information regarding grant applications and research funding to multiple stakeholders at varying levelsIdentifying and recruiting co-investigators with a significant research track record to strengthen grant applications as required by fundersSupporting investigators in the completion of grant applicationsSupporting investigators in completion of the IRAS form enabling them to submit to the Health Research Authority and relevant Research Ethics CommitteeLiaising with commercial companies, national academic institutions, NHS organisations and internal service providers including finance, pharmacy, medical devices and information governanceReviewing and recommending for approval legal documents (commercial and non- commercial contracts, indemnity and insurance)Identifying costs in study protocols and agree charges together with Research Accountant, service providers, academic institutions, NHS organisations and commercial companies

Attributing costs in line with the NIHR AcoRD guidance, working with the Divisional Finance Manager to recover Excess Treatment Costs and Service Support costs from the Greater Manchester Clinical Research Network (GM CRN) and the NIHR central commissioning facilityIssues relating to the setting in place and management of Agreements, together with contracts, indemnity and intellectual property, including:Providing and receiving complex, sensitive information related to contracts and agreementsPreparing and reviewing Material Transfer Agreements for studies involving human tissue in researchAdvising the Department on Clinical Trials Agreements with external sponsors of research including commercial companiesAdvising the Department on site agreements with national institutions for multi-centre trialsAdvising the Department on indemnity and insurance arrangements for trials;Liaising with Trustech (an NHS Innovation hub) for putting in place intellectual property contractsReview and negotiate research costings in conjunction with divisional finance manager and senior R&I Staff. Maintain knowledge of financial position of the department and assist in negotiating agreements with local, regional and national funding bodies.Aiding the Trust in amending consent forms and policies so that these documents are kept up to date and are in line with the legislation surrounding the use of human tissue in researchResearch Skills, Knowledge and CapacityIdentifying and engaging with new recruits interested in developing research expertiseAct as a link between the educational and research work streams of the MMU/PCFT PartnershipKeeping abreast of national and local developmentsTo attend regional and national research meetings and training in relation to clinical research as appropriate, noting issues of relevance and reporting back to the team.To attend and contribute to project management group meetings for specific research projects

Be responsible for keeping abreast of local, national and international developments that may impact on the postLine Management Responsibilities

Responsibility for line managing research governance staffOffer supervision to junior staffOther DutiesParticipate in departmental meetings and contribute to effective communication within the departmentTo foster a culture of research and development and benchmarking to promote and embed evidence-based, best practice in patient care.Act as a mentor to new members of staff, ensuring all procedures are followed and the service is delivered to a high standardBe responsible for identifying own professional development needs, and meeting these through self-directed learning and attendance at workshops, conferences and courses. In addition, if a registered professional, responsible for maintaining registration requirements and meeting these by ensuring compliance with clinical contact hours and supervision including reflective practice. Actively support nursing and other students on placement within the R&I service

Person Specification



  • Educated to masters level in health-related/biomedical sciences Or Diploma/degree Registered Nurse/AHP plus research qualification and experience to Masters Level


  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research AAT qualification to at least diploma level



  • Demonstrable experience of clinical or biomedical research in an NHS, academic or commercial environment.Experience of supporting grant bids to NIHR and other research funding bodies Experience of managing successful grant bids in either a NHS or higher education environmentExperience of line management and supervision


  • Experience of clinical research or audit Experience of designing teaching materials Presentation Skills



  • Working knowledge of the HRA, set-up and approval processes with the UK and devolved nations. Knowledge of the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research and other relevant legislation. In-depth and practical knowledge of the NIHR bidding process and requirements, Knowledge of Information Governance and General Data Protection Regulations. Knowledge of NIHR HR Good Practice for researchers, R&D and HR staff in Higher Education Institutions and the NHS.Knowledge of the NIHR research related targets and HLO's. Knowledge of the research process and research methods applicable to health settings. Knowledge of research funding sources. Knowledge of DHSC Research Strategy. Knowledge of research legislation including research governance, ICH GCP and Medicines for Human Use Regulations.


  • Knowledge of intellectual property rights. In-depth and practical knowledge of the Human Tissue Regulations in Research. Knowledge of AcoRD costing guidelines.



  • Ability to analyse and interpret complex documents including European and national legislation, Department of Health Policies and Acts of Parliament. Demonstrable attention to detail. Excellent written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills. Proven ability to develop effective working relationships with staff at all levels. Proactive and motivated in fulfilling needs of researchers. Ability to work to tight and unexpected deadlines. Ability to manage a broad range of projects involving different internal and external stakeholders. Ability to work independently. Proficient in MS word and excel.


  • Ability to provide advice and training to groups.

work related circumstances


  • Use of a car or access to a means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs ?Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies ?Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure.

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