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Band 5 Research Nurse/Practitioner/Assistant - Bristol or Bath

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Bristol or Bath
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Band 5
Full Time
AWP Trust is pleased to offer this very exciting opportunity to join a Multi-Centre research team for a trial called Feeling Safe . This is a NIHR funded research programme led by the University of Oxford.

We are seeking two enthusiastic and motivated Research Practitioner/Nurse/Assistant with an interest in improving the lives of individuals with mental health difficulties through research.

We are recruiting for two Researchers to join the team to support the delivery of the study within AWP. You should be passionate and committed to developing psychological approaches for people with early stages of psychosis that make it hard for them to get on with their lives. This position would suit individuals with an interest in cognitive therapy, treatment innovation and clinical trials

The position is open to individuals with research, medical, nursing, psychology or other relevant backgrounds, and is suitable for people holding a first degree or equivalent in a healthcare-related field. Individuals will have an interest in clinical research and ideally have worked in a healthcare environment. Experience of working within a clinical research environment would also be beneficial.

Shortlisted applicants to be interviewed week beginning 2nd July.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for supporting the delivery of the study within AWP on the Feeling Safe trial. This post is to help recruit patients with psychosis into the trial and conduct the repeat assessments. It will provide excellent experience of engaging individuals with psychosis conducting clinical assessments working within NHS services and clinical trials methodology.

The Feeling Safe programme is a new six-month guided online programme for the treatment of persecutory delusions. By providing Feeling Safe in an accessible version for use across the NHS, we aim to achieve substantially improved outcomes for the large number of people with persecutory delusions who have not responded sufficiently to current treatment.

The post holder will be part of the AWP study team and AWP R& D Department, being responsible for the recruitment and research delivery aspects of the study. This will include participant identification, pre-screening and screening, consenting, conducting assessments and other related trial activities with participants. You will also be involved in support the set-up and smooth delivery of the trial across the AWP region.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

They should have the ability to organise and manage workload and demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise with a wide range of individuals, including potentially vulnerable people and those with mental health conditions. Most importantly, you will need to be enthusiastic about the research area and have a high level of motivation and commitment.

The post holder will work flexibly between the base of the AWP Principle Investigator (Dr Kate Chapman) at Bath NHS House (Bath) and the Trust's Research and Development Team (Bristol), and this role will be supporting the delivery across the patch. Base will be discussed at interview. You will be required to travel throughout the Trust in order to recruit to the trial. Please see local information sheet, job description and person specificationfor more detailed information about the post.

Duties will include:

Pre-screening and screening of potential research participants.

Informed consent.

Delivery of study research activities.

Supporting the effective set-up of Sleeping Better in AWP.

This is a fixed term contract for the duration of the trial (beginning 02 September 2024 for 15 months).

If you already work within AWP this post please liaise and gain approval from your current line manager before applying.

Person Specification

Professional Qualification


  • o Minimum of a first degree, professional qualification or equivalent in a health or social care discipline. (Professional qualification and registration with NMC if applying as a nurse or current AHP)



  • Experience of working with service users with mental health, dementia or neurodegenerative diseases conditions and their carers.
  • Familiarity with the issues surrounding clinical data, particularly confidentiality.
  • Previous experience of working with a multidisciplinary team in a healthcare environment

Skills & Knowledge


  • High level of interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to work with clinical and management colleagues at all levels across a range of organisations.
  • Evidence of accuracy and attention to detail in data collection
  • Willingness and ability to travel independently across the network and to events outside the region
  • Good IT skills - use of Microsoft packages including Word, Powerpoint, Excel and use of databases

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Blackberry Hill Hospital or Bath NHS House (to be confirmed at interview)

Bristol or Bath

BS16 2EW

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