Research Governance Coordinator

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Researcher
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Trust's R& D Department is responsible for the governance of all research studies taking place at Cambridge University Hospitals. You will be part of a team of Research Governance Coordinators managing the review process of research applications and making judgments on whether research is compliant with relevant legislation, policies and procedures.

Ideally you will be of Graduate calibre and/or have recent experience of working within a clinical research environment. You will be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of research governance including indemnity and ethical issues involved in research and knowledge of the regulatory framework for research. You should also have excellent communication skills in order to assist and guide researchers at all levels. In addition you will need to be organised, proactive, methodical and able to work autonomously and with a high level of initiative.

We are an inclusive department and offer flexible working arrangements.

Main duties of the job

Provide a comprehensive managerial and administrative system for the running of research projects in compliance with the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care, the Human Tissue Act, the Data Protection Act and any other applicable European and government legislation and/or framework and/or guidance.

Review budgets and contracts for commercial and non-commercial research studies. Ensure that the projects are risk assessed before commencement as well as audited.

Support research colleagues and Principal Investigators working on studies within the Trust and provide non-clinical R& D related advice.

Assist the Trust in meeting key performance targets for research and in developing a research culture.

Monitor studies taking place at the Trust, ensuring that researchers are fully compliant with legislation, policies and guidance.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 11000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on the 3rd December 2023.

Interviews are due to be held on the 8th December 2023.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Science degree qualification or equivalent experience.


  • GCP Trained.
  • Post graduate research qualification.



  • Experience of working in a research environment (NHS, University or industry).


  • Experience of working within a clinical research setting.



  • Knowledge and understanding of research governance and the processes involved with gaining Trust approval.
  • Understanding of indemnity and sponsorship issues in research.
  • Knowledge of the regulatory framework for research including the UK Research Governance Policy Framework for Health & Social Care Research.
  • Understanding of the ethical issues in clinical research.
  • Ability to use databases to record data.


  • Knowledge of commercial organisations and external agencies within research.
  • Knowledge of MHRA regulations for medicine and device trials.
  • An understanding of the monitoring process of research in the NHS.
  • Knowledge and understanding of research funding streams, award bodies and costing of research in the UK.



  • Demonstrable communication, organisational and planning skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to build working relationships with department colleagues, Trust staff at all levels, external organisations and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work under pressure balancing conflicting workloads.
  • Ability to work independently with initiative and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to negotiate, acting in a tactful and confident manner to achieve the desired results
  • Ability to make well reasoned decisions using sound judgement in a complex setting.
  • Be proactive and work methodically and with accuracy.

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division R& D

Hills Road



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