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Research Nurse / Research Officer

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata if part time
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Research and Innovation Team. You will be a compassionate, accountable individual who treats all colleagues, patients and service users with respect and seeks to deliver excellence in their role. YA key member of the Research Delivery Team, you will support the delivery of a wide range of research studies undertaken at Sheffield Children's. This post will primarily focus on the delivery of research trials and studies within the Clinical Research Facility but will also support studies being undertaken across the Trust. With the complexity of clinical trials increasing and more specialties becoming research active this is an opportunity to work with different teams within and external to the trust and offer children and young people the opportunity to take part in exciting clinical research.

We are specifically seeking a candidate who has a valid NMC registration

Main duties of the job

We will provide excellent opportunities for professional development. You will be responsible for assessing and managing the care pathways for patients and carers participating in clinical trials.

This will involve the recruitment, education and monitoring of research participants and the collection and documentation of accurate data.

About us

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information on the main responsibilities for this post, please refer to the job description and person specification.

Informal discussion or visits are encouraged, please contact Bee O'Shea or Stuart Gormley (0114 2717417 or

Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
  • Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
  • Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
  • Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
  • Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree or Diploma Level Education as Registered Nurse, Midwife, AHP or Graduate with degree in subject relevant to clinical research and research experience
  • Have training in or be willing to undertake training in Good Clinical Practice and other relevant courses as required for the conduct of research in the NHS
  • Good understanding and awareness of the National Institute of Health Research and how research in the UK is supported
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Teaching, Mentoring and Assessors qualification
  • Higher level of qualification (MSc / PhD) in a relevant clinical / scientific discipline
  • Training in taking Informed Consent in clinical research
  • Clinical skills: Venepuncture and Cannulation, ECG, lung function tests etc.



  • Significant work experience (at least 3 years post registration experience for nurses and midwives)
  • Recent experience working with patients/children and planning and delivering their care
  • Significant knowledge of / experience of delivering clinical research studies in the clinical setting and / or considerable exposure to research conducted in the NHS (on wards / theatres / outpatients etc)
  • Experience of liaising with and maintaining good working relationships with other health professionals across all clinical disciplines at all levels


  • Experience of co-ordinating and delivering multi-centred clinical studies and complex interventional trials
  • Experience of preparing clinical research projects for monitoring / audit / regulatory inspection
  • Experience of taking Informed Consent in research
  • Clinical skills: experience of venepuncture and cannulation, ECG, lung function tests, intravenous drug administration, sample handling and processing
  • Significant recent experience of working in a clinical setting

Knowledge and Skills


  • Ability to prioritise workload and work to deadlines
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Email and Internet
  • Good decision making skills
  • Able to produce clear written & verbal reports, instructions & advice
  • Knowledge of EU Directive for Clinical Trials Research Governance Framework and Good Clinical Practice
  • Knowledge of pharmacovigillance and safety reporting
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Numerate
  • Able to use own initiative
  • Ability to follow complex protocols and Standard Operating Procedures


  • Qualified and able to give intravenous injections and draw blood from lines
  • Experience of delivering training on clinical skills / clinical research to a range of healthcare professionals
  • Previous experience of producing protocol / policies and SOPs covering aspects of research activity
  • Clinical skills: Venepuncture and Cannulation, ECG, lung function tests, intravenous drug administration, sample handling and processing

Personal Attributes


  • Able to deal calmly and confidently with enquiries from all professional groups and patients / carers
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills appropriate to families and age/development of child
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision and use own initiative but recognise own limitations
  • Willingness to work flexibly in terms of hours and duties as a member of a team (willingness to work some evenings and weekends if this is required on a clinical trial)
  • Be a team player
  • Able to use own initiative
  • Able to work across the Trust's sites
  • Attend meetings out of hours, locally and nationally
  • Willingness to travel in UK & abroad for investigator meetings
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Ability to respect cultural, social and religious diversity
  • Able to use own initiative


  • Evidence of the desire to develop professionally and acquire new skills particularly relevant to the field of clinical research and paediatrics

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Sheffield Children's Hospital

Western Bank


S10 2TH

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