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St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£33,790 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

An exciting research opportunity has arisen investigating the use of a novel point-of care test for pre-eclampsia. The post-holder will be funded by a research grant by the UK National Institute for Health Research and supervised by an internationally renowned team of academic clinicians in the field of Fetal Medicine. The grant is awarded to AG Health and St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust. AG Health want to bring a new test for pre-eclampsia, called Lumella (Glycosylated fibronectin), into the NHS.

Unlike current tests it only needs a pinprick of blood. The International studies indicate that glycosylated fibronectin could also be a more accurate marker for pre-eclampsia than other tests which are currently available.

Sample is analysed on a small machine that is provided free with the tests, and results are available within 10 minutes. The test measures a different type of molecule found in blood to the other tests, called glycosylated fibronectin. This is detected by using labelled antibodies which only bind to the glycosylated fibronectin. These antibodies are then detected by the machine within minutes. The tests can be analysed where the sample is taken (in a clinic or on a hospital ward for example) - that is, at the point-of-care.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the ethical, study-wide and local governance processes relating to this study, as well as patient recruitment, data processing, data analysis, and project write up. Patient recruitment involves identification of women at risk of developing pre-eclampsia, performance of the point-of-care test, collection of baseline and outcome data as well as the performance of growth scans and Dopplers, therefore, Obstetric ultrasound skills are desirable. The candidate should hold a strong interest in Fetal medicine, have a good background knowledge of the conduct of clinical research, as well as an understanding of pre-eclampsia. The project is expected to run at St. George's as well as Epsom/St. Helier sites. The candidate will be expected to work at both the sites. Research passport will be sought to gain access to both the recruiting sites. Support from research midwives will be available.

About us

St George's University of London, together with St George's Hospital, is housed in integrated modern buildings in a large joint campus in Tooting, south London. It is a research-based independently governed and funded specialised health-focused School with academic departments in Bio, Behavioural, Clinical and Social Science. The School is closely integrated with the Hospital's extensive secondary and tertiary clinical NHS provision.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be the main point of contact for patients and participants in this research study.
  • To identify and recruit patients, ensuring that each patient fulfils the study criteria and effective informed consent is obtained.
  • To ensure that the study is conducted strictly in accordance with the study protocol.
  • To identify barriers to recruitment and ensure the Chief Investigator/supervisors are made aware of these. Identify and implement action plans as required.
  • To ensure that all data is recorded accurately and complies with the requirements of the study protocol and the Data Protection Act.
  • To work in conjunction with senior colleagues in preparing submissions to the Joint Research Office and Ethics Committees.
  • To lead the production of high-quality peer-reviewed publications and national/ international presentations as required by the funding body or for dissemination to the wider academic community.
  • To lead relevant meetings associated with the research project or related activities.
  • To liaise with the funding company to ensure that the correct signals are processed, and that all required information are accurately and completely collected.
  • To perform statistical analysis of the data collected and provide detailed interpretations.

Person Specification



  • Medical Degree





  • Research experience


  • Experience in trial set up and co-ordination, use of research databases
  • Experience of medical teaching and mentoring medical and allied healthcare students and junior professionals



  • Interest in maternal fetal medicine
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills


  • Good Clinical Practice certification
  • Ability to develop and deliver high-quality research and to publish in peer-reviewed journals

Personal attributes


  • Flexible and enthusiastic with a good sense of humour
  • Good use of initiative and strong organisational and record keeping skills

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