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Head of Research and Development

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Researcher
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are recruiting a new Head of Research. The Trust has a reputation for its progressive research agenda and an excellent track record in research delivery as part of National Institute for Health and Care Research Clinical Research Network Eastern (NIHR CRNE).

We work closely with pharmaceutical companies, academia, charities and other NHS Trust organisations and have an established research delivery team delivering multiple trials across departments and disease areas. The home of the international #WhyWeDoResearch campaign, we forge progress in novel ways of working to ensure research is truly embedded in to every day care for the benefit of patients, the public and staff.

Main duties of the job

The Head of R& D will have proven ability to lead and facilitate the development and implementation of a research vision, and will be responsible for the delivery of safe, high quality research, with standards commensurate with Good Clinical Practice (GCP), MHRA inspections and local policy. Close working relationships include multi-professional healthcare leaders and the Clinical Director for Research locally, as well as research partnership collaborations regionally and nationally.

About us

We want to attract the best and brightest people to work with us and that means we will look after you from the moment you apply for a role at the Trust and throughout your career with us. Our staff are central to everything we do, and we believe that investing in you is crucial if we want to enable you to reach your full potential.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will lead the Research and Development Team to ensure that work stream and programmes are planned and carried out effectively and will report directly to Trust Board. They will advise Trust Board and the Executive Team regarding national research guidance, implementation and mandatory requirements. The post holder will be responsible for strategic and operational management of research and development, developing and compiling the department business plan, developing strategy, ensuring implementation and that national and local performance targets are met, and will contribute to corporate and national policies and strategy. They will line manage the department and be responsible for budgetary management.

Further details on the duties of the role can be found in the job description.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Degree level (BA or BSc Hons) or be able to demonstrate relevant experience commensurate with the post.
  • Professional knowledge plus additional specialist, management knowledge of research and development, acquired through training and experience to Masters level equivalent.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Should have a good understanding of the relationship between the Department of Health, and individual provider and commissioning organisations.
  • Evidence of ICH-Good Clinical Practice Training.
  • ICH-Good Clinical Practice Facilitator.

Experience and Skills


  • Analyses performance of the research and development department in relation to performance targets, strategic objectives develop strategies, business plans, advice in areas where expert opinion differs.
  • Responsible and accountable for developing business plan and strategy for research and development.
  • Lead the development of policies and procedures for research and development, including standard operating procedures. Contributes to and ensures compliance with corporate and National policies.
  • Previous Line Management experience of research and development staff.
  • Responsible for research and development information technology systems. Contributes to Research Network IT systems and uses software to develop reports.
  • Understanding of the Department of Health Research Agenda.
  • Understanding of ethical and legal requirements of clinical research.
  • Experence in managing budgets.
  • Demonstrable experience in promotion of external collaboration and partnerships.
  • Evidence of project management skills.
  • Ability to analyse complex facts and situations and develop a range of options.
  • Strategic thinking - ability to anticipate and resolve problems before they arise.
  • Ability to carry out procurements for highly detailed, high value contracts, that require analysis, comparison and assessment.
  • Skills for direct line management and job management.
  • Skills for managing relationships with a range of different stakeholders.
  • Expert knowledge of Microsoft suite and expert presentation skills.
  • Inputs to strategic plans and their implementation across JPUH and Nationally through the NHS and Research Networks.
  • Works with stakeholders to develop performance improvement plans and to develop plans for innovation and opening up the market.
  • Manages team within the constraints of NHS strategic plan. Ability to work on own initiative and organise workload, allocating work as necessary.
  • Ability to make decisions autonomously, when required, on difficult issues.
  • Previously responsible for a budget, accountable for budget setting and working knowledge of financial processes.
  • Knowledge of preparing the Trust for an inspection by a competent authority (MHRA).


  • Experience of preparing and being involved in an inspection by a competent authority (MHRA).
  • Understanding of NHS processes and pathways.

Communication Skills


  • Communication with internal staff and external research Sponsors / Companies to ensure compliance with performance targets, strategic objectives. Involvement in negotiation and diplomacy undertakes presentations to staff groups, the public, governing bodies and conveys highly contentious information in atmosphere of proposed major change.
  • Provide and receive highly complex, sensitive and contentious information, negotiate with local and National stakeholders on difficult and controversial issues, and present complex and sensitive information to large and influential groups.
  • Persuade Board and Senior Managers of the respective merits of different options, innovation and new market opportunities.
  • Negotiate on difficult, complex and detailed issues.
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Assists patients / clients / relatives during incidental contacts.

Behavioural Qualities


  • Maintain Trust values.
  • Proven ability to manage and work well within a team.



  • Concentration required for investigating problems, analysis of performance data and policies, interruptions requiring immediate response.
  • Experience imparting unwelcome news eg. Where research and development performance targets are not met to local, regional and national bodies.
  • An ability to maintain confidentiality and Trust.
  • Used to working in a busy environment.
  • Ability to work flexibly to the needs of the service.
  • Commitment to continuing professional development.
  • Satisfactory attendance record and satisfactory pre-employment checks.
  • Ability to provide vision and drive to develop new services and opportunities.

Employer details

Employer name

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


James Paget University Hospital

Lowestoft Road


NR31 6LA

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