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Research Strategy Operational Lead

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£101,902 to £116,960 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Researcher
Band 9
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an exceptional individual to operationally lead the Trust Research and Development agenda and deliver on the ambitions of the Trust research strategy. The postholder will provide strategic, innovative, and collaborative leadership to realise the Trusts research ambitions. The Trust's research is focussed around the four streams of Children and Adolescent Mental Health, Neurodevelopmental (Learning Disabilities), Adult Mental Health and Dementia and Frailty with each stream having a dedicated lead.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will work closely with the trust research lead, research workstream leads, medical, nursing, allied health professional, pharmacy, and other clinical leads to expand research and development capacity and capabilities. The postholder will build and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders including and not limited to Higher Education Institutions, Health Innovation Networks, Applied Research Collaboratives, Integrated Care System, third sector, patient and carer groups and commercial entities. The postholder will aim to (i) improve staff and service user engagement in research, (ii) expanded research capacity, capabilities, and impact and (iii) strengthen collaboration and partnerships to generate research income.

Candidates must have experience of working as a clinician within NHS Mental Health and Learning Disability services, hold a Doctorate level qualification and have experience of working at a senior level in an NHS organisation. The role will require a strategically minded and personable individual that can lead the research agenda for mental health and learning disabilities.

About us

At HPFT, we have recently launched our new strategy, Great Together co-produced and developed with service users, carers, staff, partners and local communities. It guides our journey over the next five years, as we continue to work together to improve care and outcomes for the people and communities we serve

Hertfordshire Partnerships University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) are a leading and progressive provider of mental health and learning disability services. We provide services to a population of 1.2million people in Hertfordshire, with additional services provided to the populations of Buckinghamshire, Essex and Norfolk. With 60,000 referrals per year, we have over 450,000 contacts with service users and patients we support in community settings. In May 2019 the Trust was assessed as 'Outstanding' by its regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a values driven organisation and our aim is to ensure that we deliver an experience that is consistently welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional. Our people are highly motivated, as evidenced by some of the best staff survey results in the NHS and their response during the pandemic period has been nothing short of exceptional. There is no complacency and we are continually striving to improve and deliver great care and great outcomes to everyone we support.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for further details on the requirements for this role.

Person Specification

Knowledge, Training and Experience


  • Registered clinician with membership of a regulatory body such as the GMC, NMC, GpHC, HPC.
  • Doctoral level qualification e,g PhD, MD, professional doctorate etc.
  • Postgraduate Management Qualification (Diploma, MBA, or equivalent experience)
  • Postgraduate qualification in appropriate mental health studies relevant to the postholders profession
  • Demonstrable clinical practice in mental health and/or learning disabilities over a minimum of five years.

Areas Of Experience and Knowledge


  • The highest level of interpersonal, communication and leadership skills.
  • Able to lead and motivate others, strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to analyse highly complex organisational problems and develop and implement workable solutions.
  • Ability to relate to a wide spectrum of NHS professionals with competing agendas and achieve organisation focused solutions to problems.
  • Able to assess priorities and make decisions, quick to 'think on feet', influence, persuade, give leadership and direction.
  • Service improvement and redesign techniques.
  • Knowledge and understanding of key NHS issues, including national and local policy drivers that are complex and highly politicised.
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislation relating to research
  • Highly developed knowledge and understanding of key organisation systems and NHS modernisation agenda
  • Experienced practising clinician with knowledge of statistics / research / information analysis and research techniques
  • Senior clinical professional with demonstrable leadership and management experience
  • Developing and implementing clinically related strategies to improve quality and efficiency of systems.
  • Successful track record delivering high quality services in a large complex multi-disciplinary healthcare environment.
  • Leading change in challenging environments
  • Committed to developing a comprehensive understanding of research governance, ethics and clinical trial management.
  • Proven leadership of operational planning and management, including writing complex operational business cases and operational policies

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


The Colonnades, Beaconsfield Road, Hatfield, AL10 8YE

Beaconsfield Road


AL10 8YE

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