Research Delivery Lead

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
9 Dec 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Researcher
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust aspires to offer every patient the opportunity to participate in research. The role of Research Portfolio Delivery Lead requires an active interest in all aspects of health services research and the post-holder will actively promote research amongst clinicians, service users, carers and the wider NHS.

The post holder will lead a team of Research Nurses, Clinical Research Practitioners and Assistant Clinical Research Practitioners to deliver to a portfolio of commercial trials, clinical trials and NIHR portfolio studies. The post holder with form part of the department leadership team delivering high quality physical health, mental health and community-based research.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic researcher to lead our NIHR portfolio, supporting its development and day to day delivery. The post offers the opportunity to work across a variety of specialities, in line with the services delivered within Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, within an established and expanding research department.

Main duties of the job

*To lead on feasibility assessments and study set up

*To lead the day to day running of the physical health and mental health portfolio of research trials

*To identify patients eligible for research projects, and recruit patients into clinical trials or studies

*Provide information and support for patients involved in research projects. In addition, the post-holder will be responsible for ensuring patient's treatments, assessment, follow-ups and data collection is co-ordinated and processed according to the appropriate research protocols. This will include close liaison with research teams, relevant wards and departments, appropriate Research & Innovation Departments and with Clinical Nurse Specialists

*The post-holder will be expected to assist with preparation of documents for the NHS Research Ethics Committee, Research governance and Honorary Contract or Research Passport administration for research projects associated with the relevant Clinical Research Network (CRN) speciality divisions

*Actively promote research amongst clinicians, service users, carers and the wider NHS

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Research Delivery

*To lead on the set up and delivery of clinical and commercial trials

*Have an awareness of legislation and the Mental Capacity Act take informed consent as per study protocol.

*To manage the feasibility and set-up of trials against NIHR metrics

*To lead on the management of recruitment into research trials against time and target

*Work to broaden research across diseases and Trust geography

Line Management

*Provide line management and supervision for Research Nurses, Clinical Research Practitioners and Assistant Clinical Research Practitioners

*Work with the R& I manager to ensure the appropriate systems to support Trust researchers are in place in all aspects of the R& I process, ensuring that all governance elements are met

*Support the R& I manager in ensuring that team members have adequate knowledge and skills for effective delivery of research support activities

*As agreed with the R& I manager, produce documents, plans and reports, including performance metrics, and research recruitment reports.

*Ensure that documents are prepared to a high standard and delivered on time and are approved by the R& I manager

Study subject recruitment

*To identify patients suitable for entry into portfolio adopted research studies, according to specific protocols and guidelines. This may include attending clinics and multidisciplinary team meetings, reviewing medical notes and inclusion/exclusion criteria.

*To communicate information about studies and make presentations to clinicians and other relevant groups.

*To ensure patients / carers are provided with written information relevant to the research study and are given the opportunity to discuss the research study or clinical trial adequately at the outset and during the course of the research or clinical trial in which they are being asked to participate (i.e. informed consent).

*Where appropriate, to assist clinicians in taking consent from patients/participants to enter research studies.

*To provide information / reports on recruitment as requested by the R& I Manager.

*Maintain regular contact with clinical teams participating in studies to encourage recruitment.

*To work at all times according to Good Clinical Practice and Trust Research Policy, and Trust SOPs.

Data Collection

*To ensure that any data collection is conducted according to specific research protocols (in liaison with the research teams) and adheres to the Data Protection Act 1998 and according to Good Clinical Practice guidelines.

*Adherence to and interpretation of research study protocols and standard operating procedures including compliance with local, national and international research regulations.

*To assist participants with the completion of questionnaires as necessary.

*To take relevant patient samples for clinical trials such as blood samples, package and dispatch as per defined protocols, where appropriate.

*Ensure the safe administration of trial medication and interventions given within the context of a clinical trial.

*Maintain accurate patient trial documentation, complete Case Record Forms, including the use of electronic data capture systems and ensure relevant information is recorded in patients' medical notes.

*Coordinate treatment, assessment and follow-up as necessary in accordance with research protocol.

Clinical Practice:

*To attend and support patients in the clinical environment for monitoring, assessment and follow up as part of research projects.

*Observe patients and monitor treatment toxicity/side effects escalating findings accordingly.

*Ensure safety data is reported to required SOPs and study protocols, and reports sent in a timely manner.

*To record and report any adverse events and serious adverse events according to trial protocol and local procedures and ensure that the Principal Investigator and Central Study Team are made aware of any such incidents.

*Manage a caseload of people who have consented to participate in certain studies

*To lead on delegated projects related to local policy development, SOPs development, review and implementation as delegated by the Quality Assurance Lead.

Service User, Carer and Public Involvement Coordination (Research)

*Support the Service User Researcher in leading the Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) in research initiative

*Support event planning and organisation for service users, carers and non-research stuff groups to discuss research across mental health, learning disabilities and community based care.

*Support the R& I manager in establishing and developing R& I programmes increasing the involvement of service users and the public with research and identify appropriate funding streams.


*To attend Management Groups and Stakeholders meetings as appropriate

*To attend project management group meetings for specific research projects.

*To provide support for research projects to obtain approvals from HRA/ National Research Ethics Committee and Research Governance.

*To provide support for assessments and follow-ups.

*To provide training as appropriate to the role and qualifications for staff and patients.

*To liaise with other research staff within the Wessex Local Clinical Research Network (LCRN).

*To maintain a working knowledge of relevant health practice and to disseminate up to date information, protocol amendments etc. to personnel working on research projects.

Person Specification



  • *Professional health or social services (RN) qualification and registration (at least 5 years post registration) OR equivalent research training and experience
  • *Evidence of ongoing, relevant professional development portfolio

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Moorgreen Hospital

Botley Road, West End



SO30 3JB

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