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Lead Research Practitioner/ Nurse

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an opportunity for a Band 7 Lead Research Practitioner/ Nurse to lead the research delivery team at the University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, funded by the NIHR Clinical Research Network: North Thames, to support the delivery of high-quality CRN portfolio stroke research.

As the Lead Research Practitioner/ Nurse you will work alongside the clinical team in Stroke Department to manage and support clinical trials in stroke.

Main duties of the job

You will be based at University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and predominantly be supporting stroke research at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery in Queen Square. Working with the team you will promote high standards of both patient care and research practice and contribute to the recruitment and retention of patients in portfolio studies and trials.

You will line manage a team of around 8 research nurses/practitioners and also you will manage your own caseload including taking consent and collecting clinical samples and data from participants. You should have excellent communication skills, together with the ability to organize and motivate others, as well demonstrating significant initiative.

You should be able to demonstrate enthusiasm and innovation when faced with challenges and will utilize management skills in planning and conducting the research. In addition you will have experience of managing staff in a clinical trials setting and be able to take responsibility for the clinical trial portfolio.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

At UCLH, we have a real 'One Team' ethos, and our values - safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, are central to the way we work. This is supported by our staff, who voted us as the #1 NHS Acute Trust to work for in the whole of England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

PLEASE NOTE: Should we receive high numbers of applications, the advert will be closed immediately. Therefore, please ensure you complete your application as soon as possible.

For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • Science Graduate, Registered Nurse or Allied Healthcare Professional eg. Physio, OT, SLT, clinical psychologist
  • First degree or higher (or equivalent experience)


  • Knowledge and understanding of stroke and clinical trials in the field of stroke as well as familiarity with the issues surrounding clinical data, particularly confidentiality



  • Experience in the research field and/or clinical stroke experience
  • Previous experience supervising staff
  • Experience of staff recruitment, development and performance management
  • Experience teaching others and responding to learning needs


  • Effective management of clinical trials portfolios including costing of trials
  • Independent research activity
  • Development of research protocols, policies and SOPs.

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent administrative skills
  • IT literacy, particularly in the use of Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to prepare and deliver presentations and reports


  • Running concurrent research studies with no supervision



  • Proven interpersonal and communication skills to work with clinical and management colleagues at all levels across a range of organisations.

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery

Queen Square



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