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Lead Research Nurse

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum inclusive of allowances
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you interested in furthering your career within research? Are you an enthusiastic research nurse with experience in delivering NIHR portfolio studies and management of team members?

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, a member of the Kent, Surrey, Sussex Clinical Research Network, is looking to recruit a Lead Research Nurse as part of our busy and developing clinical trials team.

Based at the Darent Valley Hospital, you will be responsible for the day to day running of a portfolio of trials whilst managing the team of research nurses, trials practitioners and CTAs . This role combines an interesting mix of patient contact and research activities and thus presents excellent opportunities for job satisfaction. The post would be an excellent opportunity for staff seeking research career development.Potential candidates should be able to demonstrate:Experience of managing clinical staffRelevant post registration experience Clinical Research experience in all aspects of delivering an NIHR portfolio trialGood interpersonal and communication skills

Main duties of the job

To work as an experienced research nurse within a multi-professional team to facilitate the development and support of a NIHR research study portfolio within the Trust. This will include managing the research delivery team to enable them to provide the necessary support so that studies can be conducted safely, efficiently and to the required standards & targets. The post will involve promoting and embedding research within the Trust, acting as a resource to patients and multi-professional colleagues and building effective working relations with other local staff & departments.

About us

We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer. We strive to employ people who reflect the communities we serve, and aim to create an inclusive culture where everyone can reach their full potential. Whatever your race, ethnicity, belief, generation, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, disability or experience, you'll appreciate the opportunities we give you to work in an inclusive atmosphere. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to build on the progress we've achieved to make our Trust diverse and the best place to work. We celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that help us overcome challenges and embrace new possibilities. We have signed the Armed Forces Covenant Pledge and have a commitment to the Armed Forces Community.

If you are considering applying for a role, please be aware that as an NHS Employee you may have contact with vulnerable service users. We strongly encourage that all our staff are vaccinated against COVID-19 and are vaccinated annually against Flu, in order to protect the health and safety of our staff and patients. Your commitment will help us to put the safety and care of our patients first, as well as helping us to protect you and your colleagues.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical responsibilities:

Assess the needs of individual patients, to ensure full understanding of the clinical trial

Identify and implement ways of ensuring equity of access for patients to clinical trials

Manage and co-ordinate the specialist clinical trial patient pathway, including appropriate identification of eligible patients, informed consent, randomisation and co-ordination of diagnostic, treatment and follow up requirements, as dictated by the protocol.

Maintain detailed patient records and ensure all relevant information is documented in patients medical and other notes.

Report and record any adverse events and serious adverse events that occur while the patient is on clinical trial according totrial protocol and research governance requirements.

Organise the collection of blood and other specimens, ensuring safe and appropriate storage/transport according to other members of the MDT as appropriate.

Provide specialist clinical advice to clinical trial patients and their carers/significant others, referring to other members of the MDT as appropriate.

Actively take part in the process of informed consent, in accordance with the protocol and Trust policy.

Analyse pathological/haematology results and taking appropriate action according to the protocol with support from the PI.

Please see attached job description for more information

Person Specification

Education and Training


  • Registered Nurse with valid NMC registration
  • Degree or equivalent experience
  • GCP certificate
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Advanced communications skills certificate
  • Management training

Knowledge and Skills


  • Staff management, including prioritising, instructing and directing staff
  • Collaboration with other agencies
  • Involvement in mentorship, education and training programmes
  • Knowledge and experience of handling complex relationships
  • Ability to work across organisational boundaries, integrating with the multidisciplinary team in relation to research trials
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team, offering peer support
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to prioritise own and others' workload effectively
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Specialist knowledge of legal and regulatory frameworks governing clinical trials
  • Able to use databases for data entry and producing reports
  • Excellent record keeping skills with high level of attention to detail.


  • Specialist knowledge of clinical trials and the clinical trial pathway
  • Word processing, report writing and presentation skills



  • Experience in managing staff and teams.
  • Clinical trials experience
  • Previous experience of Research and audit
  • Evidence of the successful set up and delivery of NIHR portfolio trials

Personal Attributes


  • Leadership skills
  • Non-confrontational, but firm attitude when dealing with staff
  • Flexible attitude

Employer details

Employer name

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust


Darent Valley Hospital

Darenth Wood Road



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