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Research Nurse Band 7

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year PA
Closing date
5 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
To provide leadership and management for the Research Nurse Team, and other associated staff working on clinical trials at the trust. The post holder will also lead on research studies and clinical trials, supporting the implementation of the research and innovation strategy within the trust. The post holder will liaise and work with internal and external stakeholders to assess the feasibility of conducting the research and problem solve to facilitate a wide range of research across the organisation. Furthermore, they will have a crucial role in assessing the commercial portfolio and ensuring contracts are costed effectively for the delivery of all activity as well as support and provide advice and leadership on LHCH (Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital) sponsored trials.

Main duties of the job

Lead and Supervise all aspects of study initiation for clinical trials for the Trust.Comprehensive knowledge of clinical research including issues on ethics, law, drug development and management in clinical trialsAccountable for the nursing and of research projectsResponsible for submissions to research ethics committeesAdvising specialists in the field on the application of researchDissemination and publication of research findingsMaintaining overall standard of care for patients at all timesLiaison with sponsor companies and multidisciplinary research teamsAbility to give advice on the organisation and management of the research in progressGood project Management skills

About us

As the largest single site specialist heart and chest hospital in the UK, we, at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, have a clear vision 'to be the best cardiothoracic integrated healthcare organisation'.

We provide specialist services in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, respiratory medicine both in the hospital and out in the community.

We serve a catchment area of 2.8 million people, spanning Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man, and increasingly we receive referrals from outside these areas for highly specialised services such as aortics.

Our reputation for strong performance is important in delivering the best care for our patients and high quality clinical services. This is underpinned by a culture of research and innovation, delivered in modern estate and our encouragement of flexible working in a variety of forms.

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Job description

Job responsibilities


Lead and Supervise all aspects of study initiation for clinical trials for the Trust.

Comprehensive knowledge of clinical research including issues on ethics, law, drug development and management in clinical trials

Accountable for the nursing and of research projects

Responsible for submissions to research ethics committees

Advising specialists in the field on the application of research

Dissemination and publication of research findings

Maintaining overall standard of care for patients at all times

Liaison with sponsor companies and multidisciplinary research teams

Ability to give advice on the organisation and management of the research in progress

Good project Management skills

To contribute to all aspects of the planning, conduct and reporting of all clinical trials and in-house studies

Plan and implement duty roster for the team of Research Nurses

Engage in and find workable solutions to systems troubleshooting

Provide coordination and direction in the development of data management methodologies and standard operating procedures (SOPS)

Monitor data completion and data quality for clinical trials

Evaluate and review high level study reports to confirm accuracy in data reporting for data monitoring and study committees

Develop and monitor study timelines and key deliverables in clinical trials in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders

Prepare and present written reports for presentation at relevant Trust committees including research and innovation committee and divisional governance committees.

Attend update calls and respond to inquiry emails for site reporting and to support requests for clinical trials.

Support Principal Investigators in all aspects for clinical trial delivery

To be responsible for the day-to-day management of, and patient recruitment to, all studies within the speciality.

To work on a daily basis with minimum supervision as part of the research team

To ensure that all clinical research activity is ICH-GCP compliant and conducted in accordance with the agreed protocols.

To maintain a high standard of patient care in line with Trust and R& D polices and protocols in accordance to the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research

To priorities research activity as necessary thus ensuring recruitment targets are met

To ensure that all data is collected and manged effectively and accurately

To co-ordinate all designated clinical research studies as directed by the lead clinician to ensure recruitment targets are met.

To initiate, organise and manage novel clinical research and audit projects within the speciality (retrospective and prospective) under the supervision of the lead consultant, including where appropriate, negotiation of research funding, development of protocols, ethical committee application, data presentation at meetings, recruitment, questionnaire completion, clinical measurement, statistical analysis and preparation of papers for publication.

To identify, screen, interview patients and recruit them into the appropriate studies.

To assist with informed consent process, ensuring the patient is fully informed prior to participation in the study.

To report and record any adverse events as dictated by Trust and Departmental Protocols

To ensure clinical and research documentation and record keeping is completed accurately and efficiently in accordance with HRA NMC and EU Directive (ICH-GCP) guidelines

To report to the Head of R& I for support

To lead and support other Specialist Nurses within the speciality

To work closely with the Head of Research Governance

To keep up to date with relevant medical literature, developments in clinical research methodology, monitoring and local regulatory and ethical requirements

To attend courses, conferences and study days in order to remain up to date with all relevant aspects of clinical research

To attend relevant research meetings such as the Research and Innovation Committee

To assist in the analysis of data and preparation of reports for presentation and publication

To understand the relevance of research to health care delivery and be able to identify research problems within the speciality

To develop the skills of other staff by identifying needs through observation and ensuring participation, practice and relevant education.

To participate in the education and development of staff/students e.g. clinical supervision and ensure that all personnel are adequately informed about and comply with all details of the trials.

Person Specification



  • Degree Level education or equivalent training nursing knowledge and experience
  • Evidence of continuing education to master level or equivalent experience
  • RGN


  • Post Graduate Qualification in Nursing or Research
  • Evidence of post graduate training in research
  • Attendance of recent short courses and/or study days on research



  • Knowledge of the Principles and practice of Clinical research and/or clinical trials
  • Understanding the role & Responsibilities of Clinical Research Nurse
  • Knowledge of ethical and quality standards applicable to clinical trials, Including EU Directive on ICH GCP requirements
  • Understanding the relevance of research to health care delivery and the ability to demonstrate knowledge of the specific research subject


  • Broad Knowledge of technology and principles of telehealth approached to patient care
  • Knowledge of the Health Service, NHS R& D, the Pharmaceutical industry partnership and relevant information sciences



  • Demonstratable NHS experience as a Clinical Research Nurse
  • Experience of conducting clinical trials
  • Experience of facilitating collaborative working
  • Demonstration of experience from a research/innovation/ service improvement environment.
  • Experience in co-ordinating clinical research studies
  • Clinical Experience in venepuncture, IV cannulation and interpretation of investigations
  • Experience of liaison with staff at all levels in the NHS, Universities and Industry


  • Experience of leading the development of research projects (protocols, study documentation) and negotiating research funding
  • Experience of Patient education and counselling e.g. providing lifestyle advice
  • Supervision of Staff/ Teams including appraisal & Interviewing skills
  • Demonstrable clinical experience in critical care or cardiac surgery ward



  • Excellent Interpersonal and communications skills and an ability to work within multidisciplinary environments
  • Good IT skills (computer literacy and proficiency in MS office / EDCL)
  • Skills in administration of research and project management
  • Highly developed negotiating and influencing skills, overcoming barriers to understand and acceptance, and reaching agreements
  • Understanding of broad NHS roles an responsibilities structures and processes
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver to tight pressure and deliver to tight deadlines
  • Ability to design and deliver stakeholder events, synthesise output and use as a basis for improvement
  • Organisational skills and ability to manage own workload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail to ensure team delivers a high standard of research throughout and accuracy, e.g. in the capture and validation of clinical trial data


  • Skills in handling and management of computerised data (e.g. the abstraction and coding of medical data, computer data entry, statistical analysis, report generation and data validation
  • Skills required to evaluate and assist in developing new protocols
  • Skills in the analysis and interpretation of data.

Values & Behaviours


  • An engaging, open management style
  • Able to develop and maintain effective working relationships with professional groups and managers
  • Professional and personal credibility
  • Professional, calm and resilient manner
  • Team player
  • Takes responsibility for actions and adopts a reflective practice approach on continuous improvement
  • Ability work independently and priorities/own workload and to communicate effectively with all members of the multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and cope in a highly demanding environment
  • Possession of tact and sensitivity to the needs of both patients and colleagues, including a commitment to confidentiality
  • Meticulous attention to detail and a high standard of accuracy e.g. in the capture and validation of clinical trial data
  • Excellent and effective communication skills
  • Flexible approach to working hours

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital


Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital


L14 3PE

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