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Research Practitioner/Nurse *Internal*

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Band 5
Part Time

Job Details


Applications are sought from highly motivated individuals with either a nursing background or other relevant degree to support the delivery of a portfolio of clinical trials and other research studies. The successful applicant will be expected to work across a range of clinical specialties in both the acute and community settings. These include cardiovascular, acute medicine, anaesthetics, surgery, sexual health and neurology, matching skill-set and experience wherever possible. The post holder will work closely with the local Clinicians, Clinical Departments, fellow Research Practitioners, Administrators, Researcher Team Leaders and R& D Manager in developing and maintaining the research infrastructure to support, promote and organise patient recruitment, education and monitoring of trial patients and the collection and documentation of accurate data. They will also be required to provide research support and information for research staff, patients, volunteers and relatives as appropriate.

This post involves patient contact and does not involve laboratory activities. Excellent communication and good diplomacy skills are required as well as developed organisational, time management and computer skills. Travel to sister sites may be required.

Main duties of the job

  • To assist with, or take the lead on in own specialist area, the setup and C& C process for studies.
  • To recruit participants to research studies through liaison with local research networks and clinical teams
  • To obtain valid informed consent to take part in research studies, providing complex verbal and written information in the process of explaining study involvement.
  • Liaise with the sponsor CRAs and/or monitors during the conduct of a trial under the advisement of more senior Clinical Research Nurses/ Practitioners
  • To collect research data through standardised assessment measures completed with participants.
  • To maintain Trust records and any trial databases and, ensuring entries are complete, accurate and up-to-date in accordance with the Trust policies, the protocol and Good Clinical Practice guidelines
  • At least 75% of time will be spent on the above responsibilities/tasks

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding healthcare services to the population of North Cumbria. The Trust is committed to creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout our county.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time':
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart of our Trust
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. All staff are expected to support sustainability.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Please note, due to changes implemented by the Government to the UK immigration policy, individuals who require a Health and Care Visa or a Skilled Worker Visa may no longer be eligible for sponsorship where the UKVI salary threshold is not met or if the occupation is not included in the updated Immigration Salary List (ISL). Applicants must check their eligibility to be employed in any role they are interested in applying for, prior to completing an application for employment.Any applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be progressed.

If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.

Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.

If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27-day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • oRegistered nurse (e.g. mental health, paediatric or general adult) or allied healthcare professional or Psychology or neurosciences degree or Degree in biological, biomedical or related health sciences subject



  • oExperience of working in NHS environment with patient contact
  • oUnderstanding of research process and NHS ethical and research governance procedures
  • oUnderstanding of the role of NHS research networks
  • oContinuous personal, professional and academic development


  • oKnowledge of ICH Good Clinical Practice
  • oPractical experience of clinical research
  • oProject management experience



  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including negotiating, motivational and persuasive skills
  • oEffective patient communication skills
  • oPresentation skills in both formal and informal setting
  • oAbility to plan and organise complex projects
  • oAbility to work in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • oWell-developed IT and computer skills to use a range of IT applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • oAbility to work independently/on own initiative
  • oGood record keeping/documentation skills


  • oAble to perform venepuncture

Personal Circumstances


  • oAble and willing to travel independently throughout NENC CRN area
  • oFlexible working
  • oStrong motivation to work within the field of clinical research

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


The Cumberland Infirmary

Newtown Road



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