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Research Assistant

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 per annum inc of HCAS
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Job overview
The North London Mental Health Partnership, [the Partnership of Barnet, Enfield and HaringeyMental Health NHS Trust (BEH) and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C& I)] have exciting opportunities for a full time Band 5 Research Assistants, based within the Research & Development (R& D) team, C & I. The team works in collaboration with colleagues at BEH offering support across both trusts' to the ongoing portfolio of clinical research studies. We are currently supporting a range of mental health, dementia, neurodegenerative, and other related studies, offering assistance with coordinating and delivering clinical research activity.

We are looking for a new team member who is passionate, dependable, and able to work independently as well as part of a dynamic team. It's expected that applicants will have a strong working knowledge, experience, and understanding of clinical research, and possess good interpersonal and communication skills.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to take a proactive role in the research infrastructure to supports commercial and non-commercial studies at C& I and BEH. The main aims of the post are to:
  • Supervise and undertake recruitment and screening of service users to CRN: North Thames portfolio of studies mainly focusing on Mental Health, Dementia and Neurodegenerative disorder, ensuring the recruitment targets for the Trust are achieved.
  • Assess and manage patients through the pathway during their time on the trials.
  • Promote and maintain effective communication with patients, carers and members of the research team, as well as and departments across both trusts, and the R & D department, Noclor.
  • Ensure all data is accurately recorded.
  • Collection, analysis and interpretation of data (e.g., experiments, interviews, observations) and/or gather impact evidence.
  • Conducting data-base searches.
  • Effective time management and ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to plan, prioritise own work to achieve agreed objectives
  • Ability to work in a structured way to store data
  • Strong inter-personal skills
  • Effective administration skills
  • Evidence of gathering data and information within the nhs
  • Experience of working independently and as part of a team

A willingness to travel to sites across London is essential as the roles are based within services, as well as an ability or willingness to learn phlebotomy.

About us

The Research Team is a diverse, social and outgoing team. As part of your role, you'll have the opportunity to try out new ideas in response to challenges that arise, with the support of your manager and wider team. We believe in succeeding together, not in spite of one another.

The role will also bring opportunities to develop your clinical and leadership skills with many of our previous research assistants moving onto senior roles within the NHS, completing PhDs and DClinPsy training. Along with colleagues from BEH, we also work with other Research Delivery team in London under NOCLOR, which provides opportunities for shared learning and creative thinking. In addition, we are an outgoing and social team who encourage, motivate and support one another.

The Research Delivery team works with a diverse population across the trusts, and is important to us that we reflect this. Our diverse team and leadership team are examples of how we embrace, celebrate and learn from each other's cultures which helps to shape our clinical practices when interacting with our clients. Furthermore, it is key that team members uphold our trust values and work together for our clients with respect, dignity and compassion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The role will involve engaging with clinical services, disseminating research trust wide, discussing studies with our clients and carrying out research activity. This can include assisting clients to complete baseline assessments, conducting clinical interviews or psychometric assessments and delivering psychological interventions.

Some previous studies research assistants have worked on include taking blood samples for a trial looking at immunological causes of psychosis, helping service users to complete questionnaires about their experiences of paranoia, delivering sleep intervention to carers of people living with dementia.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Educated to degree level, with degree in relevant area, or equivalent experience


  • Post grad degree in relevant subject



  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems
  • Previous research experience - beyond undergrad project



  • Understanding of research methodologies
  • A good general knowledge of research governance procedures



  • Ability to interact appropriately with staff from all disciplines
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Commitment to the engagement of service users and carers in research



  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Clinical assessments skills in relation to research studies

Employer details

Employer name

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust


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