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Research Facilitator

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Researcher
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Here at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU), we have an exciting opportunity for a Research Facilitator to join our dynamic team. The Research Facilitator role is essential to support the development of research at PHU as well as ensuring research studies are set up, delivered and managed compliantly and to quality standards.

Main duties of the job

Research allows us to offer new opportunities to our patients, and this role plays a pivotal role in this. The Research Facilitator will ensure the identification of a steady pipeline of research studies for their given speciality, confirming sustainability and growth of research in these areas. You will be pivotal in the set-up, and support the management and delivery of commercial studies which bring new treatment options to patients and increased income into the Trust. Equally, you will support the development and initiation of home grown studies, working with researchers to answer questions that will make a tangible impact on our local population. In this role, you will work collaboratively with investigators, research delivery staff, support departments and over internal and external stakeholders to facilitate, project manage and performance manage studies holistically throughout their life course for the specialities assigned to you. You will join a team of diverse individuals within the research office team and you will cover a number specialities in your role, but specifically this position has a focus on facilitating respiratory research.

About us

Here at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, we are proud to provide expert, compassionate care for our local population. We are ranked as the third in the country for research, embedding education and training across the organisation. Our main hub is the Queen Alexandra Hospital, which is one of the largest hospitals on the south coast employing over 8,700 staff. Our patients come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our hospital stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for getting it right for patients, colleagues, and our community, you will find a home at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities To work with clinical researchers and Research Management staff to ensure effective, efficient and speedy set-up and on-going management of clinical research studies in PHU. To provide a specialist role, giving expert support to Chief and Principal Investigators and delivery staff in NIHR research studies. To assist in the facilitation the entire life cycle of NIHR portfolio research study undertaken within the Trust. This will include clinical researcher support, study co-ordination, data management and research portfolio database training. Act as a Project/Trial Manager for research studies within the Trust. To oversee the performance of portfolio research studies and work with NIHR regional/national colleagues regarding study set-up, initiation and delivery performance management. Ensure that research projects are approved and conducted in compliance with PHU policies for research governance, quality assurance and national regulatory requirements. To actively contribute to quality management of research studies e.g. monitoring, reviewing standard operating procedures and undertake continuous improvement projects. Oversee the entire portfolio for assigned research speciality including performance, pipeline planning (including grant applications) and delivery as well as acting as an advocate for their specialities. To deputise for the Research Manager as required. Please see the Job Description for further information

Person Specification



  • Degree in health, clinical, science discipline or equivalent experience


  • Evidence of significant NHS experience or research management experience within a health related organisation.
  • Recent Good Clinical Practice (GCP) in research training



  • Previous experience of using IRAS for R& D applications
  • Experience of working in a research environment requiring critical appraisal of clinical research evidence


  • Experience of working within NHS R& D Management
  • Experience of supporting a grant application to a national body
  • Experience of working on research prioritisation with a variety of stakeholders
  • Experience of supporting/facilitating research in a clinical setting

Additional criteria


  • Strong Interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including presentation and report writing skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines and manage a diverse workload with cross functional teams
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Ability to deliver feedback in a positive, constructive manner, skills in motivating
  • Well-developed influencing skills across hierarchies and disciplines
  • Confidence in making decisions when dealing with competing priorities
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Responsive and flexible attitude and approach
  • Excellent working knowledge of using Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel & Powerpoint) comparable computer packages
  • Excellent working knowledge of using the internet
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities


  • Knowledge of Good Clinical Practice Guidelines and current Trials Regulations (EU Directive Clinical Trials)
  • Knowledge of EDGE (Local Performance Management System)
  • Critical appraisal and analytical skills for interpreting qualitative and quantitative information
  • A high level of numeracy with the ability to interpret statistical and epidemiological data
  • Formal project management qualification

Employer details

Employer name

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust


Southwick Hill Road



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