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Clinical Research Fellow (FMU)

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£37,068 to £57,570 a year Pro Rata
Closing date
3 Mar 2024

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An exciting research opportunity has arisen investigating to what extent the association between placental syndromes and maternal cardio-metabolic health post-pregnancy is explained by pre-pregnancy subclinical cardiometabolic health (POPPY study). The post holder will be funded by Welcome Trust.

The post holder will be employed by St George's NHS Foundation Trust, with strong links to St George's University of London.

Main duties of the job

This project could form the basis of an MD(Res) degree at St George's University of London. The post holder will be responsible for the ethical, study-wide and local governance processes relating to this study, as well as patient recruitment, data processing, data analysis, and project write up.

Patient recruitment involves the study assessments which include use of echocardiograms, Carotid Intima-Media Thickness and medical examinations. The candidate should hold

a strong interest in Maternal Fetal medicine and have a good background knowledge of the conduct of clinical research, as well as an understanding of placental syndromes and maternal cardio-metabolic health post-pregnancy.

About us

St George's University of London

St George's University of London, together with St George's Hospital, is housed in integrated modern buildings in a large joint campus in Tooting, south London. It is a research-based independently governed and funded specialised health-focused School with academic departments in Bio, Behavioural, Clinical and Social Science. The School is closely integrated with the Hospital's extensive secondary and tertiary clinical NHS provision.
There are currently over 900 students registered on the five-year MB BS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) course leading to qualification in medicine, and 50 - 60 on intercalated BSc courses. In October 2000, the School introduced an innovative 4-year MBBS course, the Graduate Entry Programme, which accepts 70 entrants annually from any first-degree discipline. Other undergraduate courses include a 3-4 year BSc Biomedical Sciences (35 annual entry).

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be the main point of contact for patients and participants in this research
  • To identify and recruit patients, ensuring that each patient fulfils the study criteria and effective informed consent is obtained.
  • To ensure that the study is conducted strictly in accordance with the study
  • To identify barriers to recruitment and ensure the Chief Investigator/supervisors are made aware of these. Identify and implement action plans as required.
  • To ensure that all data is recorded accurately and complies with the requirements of the study protocol and the Data Protection Act.
  • To work in conjunction with senior colleagues in preparing submissions to the Joint Research Office and Ethics Committees.
  • To lead the production of high-quality peer-reviewed publications and national/ international presentations as required by the funding body or for dissemination to the wider academic community.
  • To lead relevant meetings associated with the research project or related
  • To liaise with the funding company to ensure that the correct signals are processed, and that all required information are accurately and completed collected.
  • To perform statistical analysis of the data collected and provide detailed
Clinical & Professional
  • To maintain clinical expertise relevant to the ongoing
  • To monitor patients condition throughout their participation and ensure any ensuing clinical needs are promptly treated or appropriately referred.
  • To observe the confidentiality of patient data at all times in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
  • To provide ongoing information, education and support to participants regarding this clinical study.
  • To work as part of the research and multidisciplinary team and contribute to the ongoing development of the Research Institute.
  • To adhere to clinical protocols for the Research Institute, SGUL and NHS Trust and partner organizations (where applicable).
  • To adhere to SGUL CRF SOPs, policies, guidelines and current legislation including Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, Data Protection, Intellectual Property and No
  • To be responsible for management of own time and
  • To ensure that clinical study records are accurately
  • To access computer network as required retrieving and inputting relevant
  • To participate in relevant professional activities, such as departmental research
Personal, Education, Training & Development
  • To keep up to date with NHS, SGUL and EU developments for the implementation of clinical research
  • To take part in the NHS Training & Education Programme as appropriate
  • To keep up to date with current and potential research and information relevant to the care of patients in the clinical areas.
  • To maintain current knowledge by attending relevant courses and conferences, in particular the CPF and GSSP lectures held by the University.
  • To undertake 6 monthly progress review, and regular meetings with
  • To identify learning needs in relation to specialist area of
  • Ensure that all relevant health care professionals are educated and supported as required, enabling them to care for women in clinical studies.
  • To contribute to the Clinical Research Group meetings and discussions regarding research, training and education.
  • To continue your own professional development, keeping updated with current practice and maintaining a research degree portfolio.
Staff Management and Development
  • To act as a resource and role model to less experienced staff and other members of the research team.
  • To facilitate and maintain effective communication within the research
Other Duties
  • To undertake such duties as may be required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the grade.
  • To work on related research projects, as deemed appropriate to Grade and Clinical Skills
  • To cross cover appropriately for colleagues in their absence

Person Specification



  • Medical degree


  • Full MRCOG



  • Research experience


  • Obstetric ultrasound experience, in particular growth scans and fetal and uterine artery Dopplers
  • Experience in trial set up and co-ordination, use of research databases
  • Experience of medical teaching and mentoring medical and allied healthcare students and junior professionals



  • Interest in maternal fetal medicine
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good Clinical Practice certification


  • Ability to develop and deliver high-quality research and to publish in peer-reviewed journals

Personal Attributes


  • Flexible and enthusiastic with a good sense of humour
  • Good use of initiative and strong organisational and record keeping skills

Employer details

Employer name

St George's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


St Georges University hospital

Blackshaw road


SW17 0QT

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