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Research and Innovation Project Manager

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

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We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, organised and creative individual to join our team. This important role will manage a range of complex projects working with internal and external partners (such as the delivery of SSHERPA programmes of work). You will be responsible for the development, delivery, monitoring and reporting of projects to internal, regional and national stakeholders.

Main duties of the job

You will manage the day to day running of the key research and innovation projects, as well as using your initiative to look for opportunities to develop new and exciting programmes of work that align to the strategic vision of the Trust.

You will support with other linked projects, using your project management skills to provide advice, information and support where required.

You will work with multiple stakeholders to deliver a range of complex projects to time and target, ensuring reporting to funders in an appropriate and timely way. You will use your risk management skills to assess and report project risks ensuring actions are taken to mitigate and minimise risk and to ensure delivery of high quality research and innovation projects against key milestones.

You will utilise your strong writing skills to support the research and innovation senior management team in the development of new programmes of work, seeking sources of funding as appropriate to develop research projects and programmes and to support the ongoing development of the Trust's research capacity and capability. You will support the development and delivery of key strategies to support the implementation of evidence into practice, ensuring that our research and innovation drives best care for our populations.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Working within a friendly and supportive team led by the Head of Research Partnerships and Programmes you will:

Project manage key research and innovation projects ensuring these are delivered to time and target and reported appropriately to funders.

Support the development of new programmes of work, including using strong writing skill to develop grant applications, developing project plans and producing project milestones and reports.

Work with multiple stakeholders (internal, locally, regionally and nationally) to seek collaborative research and innovation opportunities that will benefit the population of our region.

Lead key activities such as the SSHERPa communications plan, working with stakeholders to create content in a variety of media promoting our region as an exemplar region for research sponsors and funders.

Develop key strategies to support the implementation of best evidence into practice for the benefit of the Trusts service users and carers and the regions population.

Manage the organisation of research and innovation related events as required.

Person Specification

Qualifications and training


  • Degree level qualification appropriate to post


  • Skills in developing and creating digital communications content in a variety of media



  • Experience of project management of complex projects in health and care settings, involving multiple stakeholders and requiring reporting to national funders
  • Experience of developing research and innovation funding applications and developing complex reports for funders
  • Experience of working with patients and members of the public in research

Knowledge and Skills


  • Excellent writing skills to develop funding applications and report writing
  • Excellent communication skills, facilitating a range of stakeholders to support development and delivery of research and innovation programmes
  • Excellent skills in use of Microsoft Office Applications


  • Skills in developing and creating digital communications content in a variety of media settings

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Corporation Street



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