RRDN Director (North West)

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£99,891 to £114,949 a year Clinical scale if appropriate
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 9
Contract Type
Full Time
Will you be the Director of the new North West Regional Research Delivery Network?

The North West (NW) Regional Research Delivery Network (RRDN) is one of 12 RRDNs across England, which form the Research Delivery Network of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), and will come into being from 1st October 2024. In preparation for this, the Director role and the Senior Management Team reporting into the Director, are being recruited to this calendar year with a view to being in post from April 2024 to establish the new organisation.

Exceptional vision of leadership is required to articulate and realise these and the other aims of the national Research Delivery Network across its many stakeholders and to direct the North West RRDN Senior Management Team in operationalising and achieving that vision.

This vacancy is only available to current senior management team members of Greater Manchester and North West Coast CRNs regardless of their employer and current employees of the host organisations of the two CRNs, which are Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust respectively. AfC band or appropriate clinical scale.

Interviews will be held in person at the Nowgen Centre, Grafton Street, Manchester M13 9WU on 12th October 2023.

Main duties of the job

The RRDN Director is the senior officer responsible for the overall leadership, delivery and management of the RRDN. They will oversee and drive the work of the RRDN Strategic Development, Operations and Health & Care Research Directors.

The purpose of the RDN is to support the effective and efficient initiation and delivery of funded research across the health and care system in England for the benefit of patients, the health and care system and the economy. The RRDN Director will be accountable for enabling this regionally by providing efficient, effective and nationally consistent supporting services and activities in line with the requirements of the RRDN Host Organisation Contract with the Department of Health and Social Care, with particular emphasis on addressing the needs of the life sciences industry (across both commercial contract and commercial collaborative research).

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at resourcing@mft.nhs.uk.

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification

Education ,Skills and abilities


  • Masters level qualification or equivalent
  • Knowledge of national systems, structures and processes for supporting clinical research in NHS and non-NHS settings
  • Comprehensive understanding of research, the NHS and the wider health and care system including associated responsibilities to the public and patients
  • Experience of working in the health and care research sector, the health and social care service sector or academic environment at a senior level
  • Proven leadership skills in the management of change


  • Understanding of governance and legislative framework for clinical research in the NHS
  • Executive level experience

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Citylabs 1.0

Grafton Street


M13 9UL

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