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Senior Researcher

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum including HCAS (pro rata)
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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We are looking for a senior researcher to be part of our therapies clinical department to help build on the capability of clinical staff to formulate projects, provide methodological support and connect with academics in HEIs to deliver innovation and excellent patient care. The role may also offer you the opportunity to build your own program of research which aligns with Musculoskeletal care delivered at the RNOHT, which could include the development of fellowship application (such as the NIHR Doctoral Clinical Practitioner and Academic Fellowship (DCAF), or similar) You will work closely with the Senior Therapies Research Lead and will be part of a dynamic Therapies Research & Education team led by the Clinical Director of Therapies. This is a great opportunity to share your research knowledge bringing together clinicians, students and academics to help deliver innovation and evidence based care.

Main duties of the job

The Role will include the key duties below:

Provide advice on methodology, ethical approval and developing project protocols

Support staff in the dissemination of their projects, through writing for publication and conference abstracts.

Support the therapy department to deliver on NIHR portfolio studies.

Work with students, academic supervisors and clinicians to encourage team working for successful delivery of projects

Encourage and inspire a culture of evidence base care.

About us

The RNOH is a national centre of excellence for orthopaedics and recognises the benefit of a research and improvement culture to deliver excellent patient care. The therapies research strategy has gone from strength to strength building on programs of research, success in fellowship applications and building relationships with academic partners. You will be part of a small research & education team within a larger therapies department working across clinical teams in a dynamic, friendly supportive department.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be responsible for the delivery of the therapies research strategy with the Senior Therapies Research Lead building on the capacity and capability of staff to deliver projects and specific programs of research to gain sustainable grant funding in collaboration with others, external or internal to the organisation as appropriate.

We are looking for an individual who can positively lead and inspire others, has excellent communication skills and works well within a team. You need to have methodological skills to help develop ideas into translatable projects, attention to detail and knowledge of governance and any ethical issues. You will need to be highly organised and self-motivated to work independently and efficiently.

You will be supported by senior researchers within the department, academic partners at higher education institutions and the research & development team in the trust.

The role may also allow an individual(s) to develop an area of research interest relevant to orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, chronic pain or spinal cord injury rehabilitation. You will work closely with clinicians such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthotists, dieticians and speech and language therapists. You will also connect with other clinicians/researchers either within the hospital or externally to encourage collaboration and multidisciplinary research.

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline
  • Research Education to MSc Level or equivalent research experience
  • GCP Training


  • HCPC, RN, or equivalent Registration
  • Writing for publications course
  • Leadership Course



  • Academic research experience
  • Experience of publishing in peer review journals
  • Experience in a healthcare/academic environment
  • Experience in interpreting national guidance and policies and their interpretation at local level.
  • Participation in audit and monitoring


  • A contemporary portfolio of publication output.
  • Experience in submission of grant applications, costing of studies.
  • Evidence of working with and developing staff from different professional disciplines
  • Clinical experience in a relevant clinical environment

Skills & Abilities


  • Skills in the development of project methodology
  • Excellent communication skills and able to work as a team member
  • The ability to positively influence others and lead programmes of work
  • Data analytical skills


  • Familiarity with research software (eg SPSS, NVIVO, Stata, EndNote, Mendeley, Rayyan)
  • qualitative analysis skills
  • statistical analysis skills

Employer details

Employer name

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust



Brockley Hill



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