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Research Project Manager

Employer
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Manchester
Salary
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rota, per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Are you enthusiastic, able to work autonomously with excellent interpersonal /project management skills? Do you have an interest in early phase research?

We are seeking a Research Project Manager (RPM) to cover maternity leave (for 12-18 months dependent on funding) whose tasks will include facilitating the development of new investigator led studies, including the management of the grant award process. You will take a leading role in project managing the TARGET National study, a multi-site national study. You will have full project oversight & contribute to the development of subsequent grant applications as required.

You will have skills in scientific writing, grant preparation/submission, ethics applications, an ability to identify & breakdown tasks required for multidisciplinary research projects & to assign tasks, monitor/report progress.

Main duties of the job

Are you enthusiastic, able to work autonomously with excellent interpersonal /project management skills? Do you have an interest in early phase research?

We are seeking a Research Project Manager (RPM) to cover maternity leave (for 12-18 months dependent on funding) whose tasks will include facilitating the development of new investigator led studies, including the management of the grant award process. You will take a leading role in project managing the TARGET National study, a multi-site national study. You will have full project oversight & contribute to the development of subsequent grant applications as required.

You will have skills in scientific writing, grant preparation/submission, ethics applications, an ability to identify & breakdown tasks required for multidisciplinary research projects & to assign tasks, monitor/report progress.

About us

The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer and a wide range of support and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. We run one of the largest early clinical trial units in Europe with over 300 trials every year. Cancer research in Manchester, most of which is undertaken on the Christie site, has been officially ranked the best in the UK.

Job description

Job responsibilities

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Communication
  • Serve as a main point of contact for research teams and study investigators, external funding bodies, pharmaceutical companies and national networks.
  • Support the ECMT and associated researchers by providing information for grant applications and the R& D governance associated with this.
  • Support researchers with internal and external communication so that collaborations are maximised.
  • Assist in the writing and evaluation of research protocols, patient information, questionnaires and CRFs for individual studies.
  • Arrange and service meetings as appropriate. Preparing agendas, taking minutes and distributing as appropriate, following up any action points.
  • Draft abstracts and posters for local, national and international conferences
  • Draft journal articles for peer review publication
  • Prepare and submit interim and annual reports for R& D, ethics committees, funding bodies, CSGs etc. as required.
  • Where appropriate link with the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) and the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC).

Knowledge, training and experience
  • Research project management in particular within the NHS and academia.
  • Scientific writing skills.
  • Knowledge of clinical research and research governance.
  • Knowledge of grant application and publication submission.
  • Financial management of budgets and resources for each grant to ensure maximum value is achieved for the resources.
  • Assist with coordinating and contributing to relevant grant funding applications
  • Clinical trial management and reporting

Planning and organisational skills
  • The RPM will need to be very flexible around researchers availability, with the ability to adjust plans as requested.
  • Responsible for ensuring that researchers have all the information that they need to develop their projects and that researchers have an understanding of the processes that need to be followed and the timelines involved.
  • Plan and organise various complex researcher activities ensuring all progress to time and schedule.

Responsibilities for patient care
  • Responsible for ensuring patient information relating to clinical studies is accurate and appropriate.
  • Responsibilities for policy and service development implementation
  • Follow all relevant policies and procedures, in particular in relation to the Data Protection Act. Ensure researchers are working to the relevant policies and procedures.
  • Be pro-active in monitoring working practices with researchers, research teams, the R& D Office and the CTCU (when applicable) and suggesting new ways of working and implementing them.
  • Implement new SOPs and working procedures as required

Responsibilities for information resources
  • Support the strategic development of research through attendance and support for the research theme committees as required.
  • Assist with preparing necessary reports/agenda for telephone/video conferences and meetings

Responsibilities for Research and Development
  • Produce consistent records and documentation for each study progressed in line with Research Governance processes.Assist with preparation for and presentation of reviews/inspections (e.g. MHRA, in-house audits etc

Freedom to act
  • The post holder is expected to follow all relevant policies, SOPs and standard practice.
  • Plans and organises own time and workload activity with prioritisation.
  • Able to work independently using own initiative.

Physical, Mental and Emotional Effort
  • Long periods of time spent using a keyboard to input information.
  • Prolonged concentration is required, e.g., when checking through a research protocol or databases.

Training and Personal Development
  • Maintain professional development whilst evaluating own specialist knowledge through a process of appraisal and personal development planning to satisfy the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework requirements relating to the job.
  • Participate in Trust-wide education programmes and study days, regional and national meetings and research seminars as appropriate.
  • Acquire and maintain a working knowledge of key research areas and build effective working relationships with research staff.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Ensure that clinical trials are conducted in accordance with any regulatory practices


Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Educated to degree level in a scientific discipline and relevant experience in scientific and medical research
  • Relevant technical or professional qualification


Desirable

  • PhD or similar experience in academic research.
  • Additional relevant qualifications e.g. ECDL, ICH-GCP,.


Experience

Essential

  • Significant experience in co-ordinating and management of clinical trials
  • Research project Management
  • Medical/scientific writing
  • Analysing, interpreting and presenting data clearly.
  • Grant writing and submissions.


Desirable

  • Previous experience of working within the NHS Trust and/or University research environments
  • Experience working with people at all levels
  • Experience of co-ordinating and managing clinical trials
  • Experience preparing manuscripts for publication
  • Experience working with funding bodies


Skills

Essential

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbally with, the ability to produce written reports and present findings.
  • Able to work collaboratively and in teams
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Advanced use of MS Office programmes
  • Excellent organisational and project manager skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work to strict deadlines
  • Self-motivated
  • Results orientated
  • Attention to detail


Desirable

  • Use of bibliographic software (e.g. Mendely )
  • Understand of the principles of research proposals covering a wide range of subject areas


Knowledge

Essential

  • Knowledge of research funding systems
  • Knowledge of NHS R& D requirements.
  • Understanding of academic research and related clinical/medical terminology


Desirable

  • Knowledge of good clinical practice (ICH GCP) and knowledge of R& D regulations and Research Governance
  • Knowledge of the IRAS system for ethics submissions and associated tasks
  • Understanding of cancer and cancer research


Values

Essential

  • Ability to demonstrate the organisational values and behaviours


Other

Essential

  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Tactful and diplomatic
  • Flexible
  • Conscientious and trustworthy
  • Ability to work unsupervised and as part of a multidisciplinary team


Desirable

  • Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Evidence of achievement under pressure
  • Ability to troubleshoot effectively


Employer details

Employer name

The Christie NHS FT

Address

Phase 1 - Q01312

Manchester

M20 4BX

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413-82372-RI-AK

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