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Senior Research Sister / Charge Nurse - Paediatric

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rota
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Children's research is a rewarding, patient centred career!This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced children's research nurse to contribute to improving the lives of babies, children and their families through patient-centred research at UHS.

We truly make a difference to patient care and experience within UHS. We strive to ensure that research is considered as a treatment option for all eligible patients, closely working with clinical teams and families to increase access to research opportunities.

The paediatric research nursing team work across all specialities within the Children's Hospital and out in the community.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Due to the nature of this role and service, this role is on-site and the hours are as advertised.Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need, and we will explore what's possible for the role and service.UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Successful applicants can expect an excellent induction, a friendly working environment and professional support and development opportunities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities Include:
  • Lead and manage the paediatric nursing team in the NIHR Southampton Clinical Research Facility. The team work across all specialities within the Children's Hospital and out in the community.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of the paediatric nursing team (including Research Nurses, AHPs, Clinical Research Practitioners and Clinical Trial Assistants) ensuring appropriate cover and skill mix for smooth running of research projects.
  • Liaise with Principal Investigators (PIs) and allocate research projects to Research Nurses AHPs, using professional judgement to assess workload and nursing capacity and ensure studies are delivered to time and targets.
  • Provide professional leadership and support at departmental level and collaborate to enhance clinical practice and strategy.
  • Provide highly specialised research advice to healthcare staff concerning the paediatric research process and clinical expertise to ensure high standards of care and safety for research participants.
  • Actively promote the value of paediatric research and lead initiatives to embed clinical research within routine clinical practice.

What we are looking for:
  • We are looking for an enthusiastic paediatric registered nurse or AHP who has significant clinical experience.
  • You will have experience of clinical research delivery and can work in a fast-paced clinical environment.
  • Experience in early phase, human challenge and experimental medicine research would be beneficial. Experience of delivering research within primary or secondary care would be advantageous.
  • Leadership, line management and excellent interpersonal skills are essential, as is flexibility and team-working skills.
  • You will need excellent project management skills and you must be able to problem solve and prioritise effectively to deliver agreed objectives.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required to provide guidance and support to the teams whilst liaising with senior staff across departments.
  • The ability to communicate with staff and colleagues at all levels and disciplines in an engaging manner is essential.
  • IT skills including Microsoft office are essential.
  • Some studies are delivered across a variety of settings and therefore ability to travel to different clinic locations is required.

This is a patient-facing, clinical role.

Some of our studies include allergen challenges involving allergens such as peanut, egg and milk. The post holder must be able to support the delivery of allergy studies and allergy status will be assessed as part of the pre-employment occupational health assessment.

We welcome informal enquiries and visits so please do get in touch!

Person Specification

Qualifications / training required


  • Masters degree in a health care related subject or relevant equivalent experience
  • Registered Nurse or AHP on relevant part of the professional register (NMC HCPC)
  • Evidence of on-going professional development.
  • Experience of teaching and mentorship


  • Recognised qualification in teaching and mentorship
  • Recognised qualification in relevant speciality

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Recent experience of working with patients at a senior level
  • Clinical Research experience
  • Relevant speciality experience
  • Knowledge of current issues within acute health care
  • Recent management experience
  • Recent NHS experience or equivalent
  • Knowledge of Research Governance Framework (RGF), International Conference on Harmonisation/Good Clinical Practice (ICH/GCP)


  • Research coordinator experience

Values and behaviours


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO16 6YD

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