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Senior Research Sister

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa or pa pro rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
You will lead and manage the Adult nursing team in the NIHR Clinical Research Facility.

You will provide oversight and support to research nurses, AHPs and Clinical Trial Assistants for new and ongoing, complex multi-centre studies within a range of specialities translating scientific discoveries into improved patient outcomes.

You will be involved in all aspects of the research process from study feasibility and start-up to delivery and close out of a study. You will utilise your clinical skills and research expertise through set-up and delivery and help to inform and support the management of the team and growing portfolios of studies.

You will join our current team of Senior Research Sisters/AHPs who are committed to driving forward the research strategy here at UHS. Successful applicants can expect an excellent induction, a friendly working environment and professional support and development opportunities.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on-site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees can access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced research nurse to join the NIHR Clinical Research Facility in the role of Senior Research Sister/ Charge Nurse/AHP. They will be involved first in human, early phase, human challenge and experimental research at UHS.The research that we conduct at UHS is focused on the holistic approach to patient care and significantly contributes to the future process of health care for all.

Job description

Job responsibilities


We truly make a difference in an individuals care and experience within UHS. We strive to ensure that research is considered as a treatment option for all eligible patients closely working with clinical teams and within patients clinical pathways to ensure that research opportunities and our research teams are expanding.

We have a team of around 330 research nurses, AHP, midwives, CRPs & CTAs, working together across the Trust, within our award-winning teams to bring exciting research opportunities to UHS for the benefit of our patients and the future of healthcare.
We are looking for enthusiastic registered nurses who are organized, and self-motivated and aspire to further their career in clinical research, whilst delivering a large portfolio of studies. Flexibility and drive will be required to ensure the success of this post and the continued success of our teams.

You will have experience in clinical research and can work in a fast-paced clinical environment. Experience in the early phases, human challenges and experimental medicine research would be beneficial.

You will need excellent project management skills and you must be able to troubleshoot and problem-solve to help put difficult-recruit studies back on track. Team-working skills, flexibility and drive will be required to ensure the success of this post.

You will work in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, implementing studies to translate scientific discoveries into improved patient outcomesExcellent communication skills are required to provide guidance and support to the teams whilst liaising with the senior research nurses across the departments.

The ability to communicate with staff and colleagues at all levels and disciplines in an engaging manner is essential. You will need to have an excellent level of written and verbal communication skills, with IT skills being essential.

Some studies are delivered across a variety of settings and therefore ability to travel to different clinic locations is required.

This is a full-time role.

Person Specification

Qualifications / training required


  • Registered Nurse or AHP on relevant part of the professional register (NMC HCPC)
  • Evidence of on-going professional development
  • Experience of teaching and mentorship
  • Educated to Post Graduate Degree level or equivalent experience


  • Recognised qualification in teaching and mentorship
  • Recognised qualification in relevant speciality

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Recent experience of working with patients at a senior level
  • Clinical Research experience
  • Relevant speciality experience
  • Knowledge of current issues within acute health care
  • Recent management experience
  • Recent NHS experience or equivalent Knowledge of Research Governance Framework (RGF), International Conference on Harmonisation/Good Clinical Practice


  • Research coordinator experience

Values and behaviours


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO16 6YD

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