Research Nurse

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen to be part of a growing research team. The role is a generic role to support research studies across a number of key specialities. The post holder will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver a range of NIHR portfolio studies. The post holder will be responsible for co-ordinating the recruitment, care and monitoring of research subjects in accordance with research governance and regulations

Main duties of the job

To support the delivery of high quality research across STSFT.

To co-ordinate the delivery of multiple NIHR research projects, managing a caseload of study participants within the context of various clinical commercial and non-commercial research projects. This will involve screening, recruitment, education and monitoring of research participants including the collection and documentation of accurate data which will involve working in outpatient clinics, wards, and research office areas

The Post holder should be a first level registered nurse RGN with 2 years post registration experience with evidence of specialist knowledge and skills in research through practical experience and/or theoretical study. The role is Monday Friday 9 5pm

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The postholder will be member of the cross division NE & N Cumbria research support team whose responsibilities will include the co-ordination of a portfolio of clinical studies within the trust. NIHR provides the framework through which research staff and research infrastructure of the NHS in England is positioned, maintained and managed as a national research facility. The primary aim of the NE and N Cumbria Clinical Research Network is to facilitate randomised research trials and other well-designed studies in the region. It covers a mixture of urban and rural areas extending from the Scottish border to Yorkshire and from North Cumbria to North Sea coastline. It has a population of approximately 2.6 million and includes eight NHS Trusts and 12 primary care organisations. Work patterns can involve supporting research delivery across units in the South Tyneside and Sunderland Health Care Group and other partner organisations in the NENC Clinical Research Network.


Person Specification

Skills and Knowledge


  • Ability to organise programmes of several clinical trials at any one time
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and coordinate own workload and that of others
  • Ability to work autonomously using own initiative and as a member of a small team as well as part of the wider multidisciplinary team
  • Communication skills:
  • Verbal; to communicate appropriately with clinical colleagues and patients.
  • Ability to explain complex clinical trial information.
  • Written; ability to produce written reports
  • Interpersonal; ability to engage with trial subjects and maintain relationship of trust and confidence
  • Ability to work across boundaries, integrating with multidisciplinary staff in relation to research trials
  • Computer literate with experience of Microsoft Office packages (including word, excel, powerpoint and outlook)
  • Evidence of attention to detail and accuracy in data collection


  • Phlebotomy skills
  • Ability to develop word processing, report writing and presentation

Personal Qualities/Other


  • Courteous
  • Calm/patient manner
  • Approachable
  • Reliable
  • Proactive
  • Strong motivation to work within the field of research
  • Diplomatic and calm under pressure
  • Must be able to deal with the public and colleagues in a pleasant and polite manner at all times
  • Team worker with flexible approach to work
  • Willing to undertake personal development training as required
  • Self-motivated with the ability or organise and plan
  • The Job holder may be required to travel to/work at various sites
  • Work patterns can involve supporting research delivery across units in the South Tyneside and Sunderland Health Care Group and other partner organisations in the NENC Clinical Research Network



  • First level registered nurse RGN or possess a first degree in health sciences/psychology or possess equivalent degree level knowledge.
  • Evidence of specialist knowledge and skills in research through practical experience and/or theoretical study.
  • Knowledge of ICH GCP
  • Knowledge and experience of handling complex relationships
  • Basic IT Skills
  • Evidence of continuous personal, professional and academic development at PGD level


  • Knowledge of recent NHS legislation
  • Understanding of consent processes for research
  • Awareness of changing trends within health care
  • Attended GCP training
  • Awareness of current legislation regarding research governance issues
  • Knowledge of research ethics/R&D approval processes



  • Specialist knowledge or experience in research
  • Experience of collaborating with other agencies
  • Appropriate post registration experience


  • Experience of managing staff/projects
  • Experience of providing patient/staff education

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