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Research Delivery Manager

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen to act up in the research team based in the Research Development Unit (RDU), Distington House, as part of a development leadership role. The Research Delivery Manager (RDL) will work alongside the current RDL and receive ongoing supervision and training throughout.

The Research Delivery Manager will be responsible for feasibility, set up and delivery of clinical research studies including commercial studies. This will include on-going performance management including NIHR High Level Objectives.

The role will include the supervision and direct line-management of research delivery staff under the direction and supervision of the Deputy Director for Research and work with the Research Manager to ensure RDU are working within the governance framework and standard operation procedures (including creating and reviewing SOPS)

Identifying potential new studies in collaboration with the Local Clinical Research Network, coordinating set-up and delivery to time and target of mental health studies, leading a team of research delivery staff - including Research Nurses and Clinical Studies Officers (CSOs), monitoring the progress of recruiting studies according to recruitment targets and working closely with clinical teams to assist in identifying and recruiting service users to participate in research studies.

Main duties of the job

Sheffield Health & Social Care Foundation Trust's (SHSC) Research Development Unit (RDU) provides oversight for the development and delivery of research within the Trust.

The post holder will be responsible for study set up and the delivery of research studies and provide line management of the research delivery team

The post holder will:
  • oversee set up and delivery of research activity within the Trust to meet performance targets including CRN HLOs
  • ensure monitoring arrangements are in place and all research activity is recorded in EDGE
  • performance management and delivery of NIHR and commercial studies to Trust target
  • assist in reporting and dissemination as required
  • work with the Research Manager to ensure RDU are working within the governance framework and standard operation procedures (including creating and reviewing SOPS)

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Areas of responsibility
  • Coordinate set up, delivery and follow-up (as necessary) of research projects in accordance with research protocol
  • Support feasibility, accurate target setting and planning study milestones
  • Ensure the necessary REC/HRA approvals and other regulatory approvals (e.g. MHRA, GTAC) are in place
  • Work with the Deputy Director and Research Manager to promote commercial research at SHSC
  • Work with the Research Manager to identify requirements for confirming capability and capacity to deliver
  • Advise and support investigators in completion of the Research Ethics Committee (REC)/HRA form enabling them to submit to the relevant REC prior to commencement and ensuring updates and amendments are reported in a timely fashion
  • To identify potential participants for NIHR adopted studies according to specific protocols and guidelines, and to assist staff in providing information so that service users may make informed decisions about their participation.
  • To provide verbal and written information and support to research participants and their carers for the duration of their involvement in the research project, and to assist participants with the completion of questionnaires as necessary including informed consent.
  • To liaise with clinical and management staff across all Trust services to encourage and support their active involvement in research.
  • To attend multidisciplinary team meetings regularly to identify appropriate mental health and social care services from which service users and carers might be invited to take part in research studies adopted by the NIHR.
  • Identify areas of low patient recruitment and identify mechanisms for improving.
  • Provide advice and support to Principle Investigators and Research Support staff including support for development of grant submissions, study design and study documentation
  • Ensure recruitment is recorded on EDGE (local portfolio management system) to ensure accuracy of data and monitor performance against targets
  • Provide written reports on performance management and updates in research delivery as requested by the Deputy Director and Director of Research
  • To contribute to the development of policies and SOPs alongside the Research Manager.
  • To work at all times according to Good Clinical Practice, Research Governance and Trust guidelines.
  • Support the development of the Trust Research Champion Network to increase engagement with clinical services and participation in research activities
  • Raise awareness of research across the Trust to promote a research culture
  • Contribute to the RDU website, newsletter and other promotional activities.
  • Attend local and regional meeting, to represent the RDU i.e. Team meetings, LCRN meetings and study specific meetings
  • Support the Deputy Director of Research in working with local Universities to develop and submit applications for grant funding.

Service User Involvement
  • Promote service user involvement in research and research development
  • Support the development of patient and public involvement groups and Patient Research Ambassadors.

Service Development
  • The post holder will be responsible for keeping abreast of local, national and international developments that may impact on the post and implement as appropriate.
  • The post-holder will be responsible for identifying own professional development needs, and meeting these through self-directed learning and attendance of workshops, conferences and courses.
  • Support the Research Director and Deputy Director with any service developments / new initiatives as appropriate.

Human Resources Management Responsibilities
  • Post holder will have line management responsibility for staff within the Research delivery team including Research Nurses/AHPs, Clinical Studies officers and study specific staff.
  • Provide regular supervision of all line managed staff and undertake annual PDR as per Trust policy
  • Support recruitment of additional team members to the delivery team as necessary
  • Be responsible for the induction of new staff members in the delivery team

Person Specification

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge of the research process and research methods applicable to health settings
  • Knowledge of Department of Health/NIHR research strategy
  • Knowledge of research legislation including research governance, ICH GCP and Medicines for Human Use Regulations
  • Knowledge of governance arrangements for ethics
  • Understanding of research skills and methodologies
  • Proven project management and organisational skills
  • IT skills


  • Experience of designing teaching materials and teaching
  • Experience of EDGE portfolio management system

Training and Qualifications


  • Educated to degree level in health-related/biomedical sciences or Registered Nurse/AHP qualification and research qualification or equivalent experience


  • Post-graduate certificate in Clinical Research Methods
  • Teaching qualification



  • Experience of working within mental health settings
  • Experience of mental health research
  • Experience of recruiting participants to research projects
  • Experience of communicating complex information with service users and carers
  • Experience of service user involvement in research
  • Experience of co-ordinating, delivering and monitoring of clinical research


  • Experience of commercial research
  • Experience of research staff line management



  • Ability to interpret complex information
  • Highly motivated
  • Ability to work independently
  • Demonstrable attention to detail
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to develop effective working relationships with staff at all levels
  • Proactive in fulfilling needs of researchers

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust


Distington House

26 Atlas Way


S4 7QQ

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