Research Nurse - Centralised Portfolio

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly-motivated individual to join our successful Research and Innovation Department, working as a Research Nurse on the departmental centralised portfolio, but with a particular interest in Surgery and Orthopaedics. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with world renowned Consultants, supporting the delivery of studies that will impact the future of the care provided to patients within Portsmouth Hospitals and around the globe. Portsmouth Hospital University Trust is at the forefront of Robotic surgery and the research we undertake feeds into the growing evidence for future developments in this technology. The successful candidate will ideally have experience or interest in Surgery and/or Orthopaedics. The post holder will be responsible for supporting the day to day running of high quality Commercial and NIHR (National Institute of Health Research) portfolio studies, and will be expected to contribute to all aspects of trial delivery at Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust.

This post will see the successful candidate working within the Surgery and Orthopaedic research team, and alongside colleagues supporting the delivery of Trust wide studies across a variety of specialities, made up of both sponsored and hosted, commercial and non-commercial studies

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone with Surgery and/or Orthopaedic experience or an interest in this area, with excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills, whilst possessing a keen eye for detail with a desire to help develop the future of health care. The successful applicant will need to be enthusiastic and ready to work actively to support recruiting patients in line with NIHR targets. There may be times when you will be asked to support other areas to achieve these targets, depending on your skills and experience.

The post holder will be supported by the Specialist Research Nurse, Senior Nurses, and the Research Support team within the Department alongside learning supported through the NIHR platform. The role is ideal for a highly motivated nurse who is keen to develop their knowledge and skills in clinical research nursing who wishes to help shape the future of health care for patients within the care of Portsmouth Hospital University Trust. The post holder will work support 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.

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

Work as part of a cohesive multidisciplinary team ensuring patient care is delivered smoothly and efficiently.

To work as part of a team to deliver Clinical Trials within Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust.

To be responsible for contributing to and maintaining a high standard of day-to-day clinical care for all patients.

To provide support to study Research Team ultimately the Trust Director of Research in delivering high quality clinical research.

To recruit patients into Clinical Trials designated as portfolio studies by the NIHR Clinical Research Network and/or Commercially Sponsored Clinical Trials.

Support the Trust culture of collaborative, flexible cross-team working and commitment to delivering quality services and outcomes, which support the Governments policies on public health.

The expectations within this job description will be achieved through hands-on clinical practice, education and training.


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.

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.


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 utilised 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.

Responsible for ensuring that ward/department staff undertake essential training.

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.

Person Specification



  • Current RN Adult/RGN registration with NMC.
  • Evidence of recent CPD.


  • Degree in relevant field.
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training for Research.
  • Computer literate, knowledge of patient administration system.



  • Previous experience of project management and/or participating in the co-ordination of Clinical Trials.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Clinically experience at Band 5 level.
  • Good communication and Interpersonal skills.
  • Teaching and mentoring skills.
  • Knowledgeable in current health care and Clinical Trials issues.
  • Ability to prioritise workload, instruct and direct others.
  • Organisational skills and able to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to maintain record keeping systems and procedures.
  • Ability to make clinical decisions and judgments.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Able to support development of others.
  • Articulate and knowledgeable of current professional nursing issues.
  • Health Promotion.


  • Knowledge of Good Clinical Practice Guidelines and current Trials Regulations (EU Directive Clinical Trials.
  • Effective communicator both orally and on paper.
  • Skills in motivating and working with the MDT.
  • Ability to act independently to ensure safe and efficient delivery of quality research.
  • Adaptable to change.
  • Responsive and flexible attitude and approach.
  • IV, phlebotomy and cannulation skills.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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