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Research Practitioner *Internal applicants only*

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Mar 2024

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Research Practitioner/Nurse, Band 6, fixed term

Join a small friendly department committed to developing and retaining its members of staff to maintain and further cultivate a high performing, cohesive team, the members of which enjoy coming to work and feel valued.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Research Team to cultivate and deliver research across the Trust. This post will have a particular focus on the newly formed alcohol care team and the post holder will be expected to work with the clinical team to develop and enhance research in this area along side our existing research staff. There will also be an opportunity to cover other studies in other clinical areas depending on the overall capacity of the research team and types of studies available at the time. We are seeking an enthusiastic, hardworking and energetic nurse/AHP/Practitioner with a good generic background at either senior band 5 or band 6 level. You will be part of a dynamic team driving forward research across the trust helping to promote and run research in departments which have no embedded research support. You will be fully supported by the team and the Principal Investigators.

The successful candidate should be well organised, be able to manage their time effectively and have the mental agility to successfully switch between specialities, sometimes at short notice as the trials demand.

Main duties of the job

In the research practitioner role you will work with the principal investigators from set up to closure of both commercial and academic clinical trials, all in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP). You will be responsible for assessing and managing the care pathways of patients and carers participating in research studies and ensuring good communication with other members of the Department, R& D and CRN. You will have responsibility for the delivery of direct and indirect care within your own caseload, working collaboratively with members of multi-disciplinary research teams whilst always complying with GCP.

You will need a good clinical knowledge with a desire to learn in order to work effectively in various departments. This knowledge will be key to ensure that the patients feel well cared for and supported during their research journey. The successful candidate will have a good understanding of the research process.

You will be supported through your research work by the departments as the role involves using an in-depth knowledge of clinical trial protocols and their application in practice. You will need a working knowledge of the local, national and international research regulations to ensure effective running of studies to research governance standards.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as an individual and within your team to contribute in to embedding carbon reduction into the everyday running of our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies

Healthcare Professionals returning to practice, moving into new roles or changing clinical environments, may access an agreed preceptorship period.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27-day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • Registered nurse, midwife or allied healthcare professional OR degree in biological, biomedical or health related sciences


  • Relevant post-graduate qualification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Relevant post qualification employment
  • Collaborating with other agencies.
  • Explaining complex concepts to patients.
  • Information retrieval and reporting
  • Continuing professional and academic development evidenced by portfolio.
  • Understanding of the role of ethics, consent process and R& D legislation in clinical research.


  • Experience of initiating & /or involvement in clinical research
  • Working with patients in clinical research
  • Knowledge of the changing trends within health care provision & clinical research
  • Current GCP certificate
  • NHS Experience



  • Ability to work independently using initiative
  • Demonstrate high level of organisation and time management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Meticulous and accurate in data collection.
  • Effective multidisciplinary team working & team player.
  • Competent in Microsoft Office, email, database and NHS IT applications e.g. PAS, ICE
  • Phlebotomy skills.


  • Report writing and presentation skills.

Personal Circumstances


  • Diplomacy.
  • Strong motivation to work within the field of clinical research.



  • Ability to travel independently around Cumbria.
  • Flexible approach to working hours.
  • Willing to undertake further development / training as required.


  • Driving license

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust





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