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Research and Innovation Assistant

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£28,834 to £35,099 per annum
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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This is a fixed term/secondment until 28/02/2025 due to funding.

If you are a Hywel Dda University Health Board employee and are applying for this post as a secondment, agreement for the secondment is needed from your current line manager prior to application.

The Tritech and Innovation division (part of the Research and Innovation Department, Hywel Dda UHB) aims to identify new, unmet clinical needs and translate these into innovative medical technologies to benefit patients, staff and the wider health economy. Our in house research & Innovation team has a track record of working with companies to support clinical investigations, service evaluations and provide detailed knowledge of the UK's regulatory requirements.

The post holder will be a key member of the team, and will be expected to work without supervision, developing and problem solving on a wide range of projects involving highly complex innovative medical devices and general innovations in health. The range of assigned tasks will be carried out with the highest standard to support the Department's research and innovation agenda, which reflects the quality of standards and mission of the team.

Main duties of the job

The Research & Innovation Assistant will work under the direction of one of the clinical scientist post within Tritech. They will be expected to be part of a wider team in the delivery of a variety of evaluations and clinical investigations relating to the development of new technologies and devices or general innovations impacting on health. The Research and innovation Assistant will be responsible for recruiting and consenting patients, conducting in-depth interviews, organising and delivering questionnaire and survey work and all manner of general data collection. In addition the role will involve helping to analyse different forms of data and contribute to the production of high quality written reports and outputs for both internal and external partners. They will be responsible for fulfilling a study co-ordination role, liaising with sites recruiting into clinical investigations and studies, collating data and responding to study related queries. For certain projects this may include trial coordination, maintaining trial site files and organising patient trial visits maintaining associated records. In addition the Research and innovation Assistant will be expected to take on certain administrative roles (meeting organisation, minute/note taking etc) as part of the role.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (six of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This health board-wide and externally facing post will also be tasked with helping to deliver several important research & innovation projects and representing the Health Board in working with academia, pharma and industry and the third sector to increase Innovation within Hywel Dda University Health Board. Success will ultimately be measured by the research activity generated, impact on patient outcomes, and income generated to support the ongoing viability of the Tritech and Innovation division .

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 20/03/2024

Person Specification



  • Degree in appropriate subject
  • Certificate in ICH Good Clinical Practice.


  • Masters in appropriate subject



  • Previous experience of research in an NHS or university healthcare environment.
  • Experience of clinical research, including ethical processes and health and safety
  • Experience of recruiting and consenting patients
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office packages
  • Previous experience of effective team working.


  • Evidence of publications and research dissemination
  • Experience of working with patients
  • Experience in qualitative/quantitative research and analysis



  • Ability to travel to different locations within the Health Board in a timely manner.
  • Flexible approach to the needs of the service.

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Tritech and Innovation

Dura Park


SA14 9TD

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