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Neonatal Research Nurse

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
29 May 2024
Join a small friendly department committed to developing and retaining its members of staff to maintain and further cultivate a high performing, cohesive team, the members of which enjoy coming to work and feel valued.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join us as a neonatal research nurse at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital. We are seeking an enthusiastic, hardworking and energetic nurse who has experience and training in neonatal nursing at band 6 to work alongside the current research nurse to increase the portfolio of studies in the department. You will be part of a dynamic team driving forward research, helping to promote and run research. You will be fully supported by the R& D team, the current neonatal research nurse and the Principal Investigators.

The successful candidate must be well organised, be able to manage their time effectively and have the mental agility to successfully switch between trials, sometimes at short notice as the trials demand.

Main duties of the job

In this role you will work with the research team from set up to closure of both commercial and academic clinical trials, all in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP). You will be responsible for assessing and managing the care pathways of patients and carers participating in research studies and ensuring good communication with other members of the department, R& D and trial centres. You will have responsibility for the delivery of direct and indirect care within your own caseload, working collaboratively with members of multi-disciplinary research teams whilst always complying with GCP.

You will need excellent clinical knowledge with a desire to learn in order to work effectively. This knowledge will be key to ensure the infants are well cared for and the parents supported during their research journey. The successful candidate will have completed the Neonatal Qualified in Speciality (ENB 405). A full range of relevant clinical skills, including , sample testing as well as basic vital signs recording and length and mass measurement will be required.

You will be well supported through your research work by the rheumatology department as the role involves using an in-depth knowledge of clinical trial protocols and their application in practice. You will need a working knowledge of the local, national and international research regulations to ensure effective running of studies to research governance standards.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarize yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job descriptionMAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIESCLINICAL It is expected that the post holder will have excellent clinical skills and knowledge in intensive care, high dependency and special care of the new-born. The post holder will provide nursing support for all clinical research activities for Neonatal services across Bedfordshire Hospitals. Work in partnership with the patients family, and to be actively involved in the caring process on behalf of the participant in line with study protocols. Maintain and develop high standards of nursing care, reflecting the professional nursing practice. Maintain and develop general and specialist knowledge of nursing practice relevant to the clinical area and study. Ensure the safe custody and administration of drugs according to the Trust policy. Ensure parents or carers are taught the correct method of administration, where necessary. Work proactively to ensure every hospital visit meets the needs of the participant and study protocol ensuring effective communication with the family and/or relevant agencies as planned and agreed. Demonstrate and promote a patient and family-centred style of clinical practice. Be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care. Accurately document and report to other members of the nursing team, multi-disciplinary team and family/carers, promptly recording data required by studies and conveying any protocol deviations or pertinent information to the studys lead nurse and/or principal investigator. Respond to emergency situations with composure, maintaining patient safety and seeking immediate support, and supporting the patient, family/carers and other staff as required by the clinical setting. Identify and discuss patient needs with the staff, parents, carers and the multidisciplinary team. Be able to plan own workload. Demonstrate a problem solving approach to effectively execute planning, implementation and evaluation when recruiting to study protocols. Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to participants, carers and other staff, overcoming barriers to understanding and providing support during distressing or emotional events. Maintain patient dignity and confidentiality at all times To ensure blood and other samples are collected for studies as required by the study protocol. To process samples in the lab as required by study protocols To perform venepuncture and cannulation as required or be willing to undertake training. To update and maintain clinical training and competencies as required. To report and record adverse events that occur whilst the child is in the clinical study to the study co-coordinator/principal investigator.

MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION To ensure that research study recruitment records are accurately maintained and data contemporaneously recorded in healthcare records. To maintain study site files and documentation. To liaise with Trust support services as required by the research protocol to ensure safe and smooth running of the study. To access appropriate computer systems in order to retrieve relevant information. To ensure that research studies are effectively archived as required in compliance with GCP principles, trust policies and study requirements. To provide information as required for the raising of invoices related to research studies. To provide support for research colleagues and attend meetings relevant to the post.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING To act as a resource for colleagues in relation to research studies. To assist in the education of all relevant health care professionals to enable them to care for research study patients. To keep all appropriate staff informed of the progress of research studies. To keep up-to-date on research related topics in general and as appropriate to caseload and interest. To assist in the preparation of posters for meetings and conferences both locally and at other events as required. To assist with the education and training portfolio of the R& D Department delivering training sessions on research and research related topics as required.

RESEARCH AND AUDIT The post holder will collect and collate research information for babies who are entered into clinical trials on the NICU. Be involved in leading innovations that aim to improve the outcomes of new-born infants. The post holder will have excellent clinical skills and knowledge of intensive care, high dependency and special care of the new-born. To assist the clinical team in identifying strategies for recruiting infants to clinical trials. To provide ongoing information, education and support to infants, carers and families regarding clinical studies. To ensure the safe administration of treatments and drugs in line with study protocols and trust guidelines To work according to GCP and research governance standards for clinical trials. To facilitate the informed consent of a parent or carer Register / randomise patients into the trial. To work closely with and in support of the Principal Investigator(s) and other research personnel involved in all aspects of the studies. To accurately collect and document clinical events and trial-related data onto case report forms (CRF). To provide support for trial colleagues in their absence. To attend relevant meetings and training.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES Work within the NMC Code of Conduct. Be responsible for developing and sustaining own knowledge, clinical skills and professional awareness in accordance with re-validation requirements. Conduct the research in accordance with the relevant guidelines i.e. GCP Guidelines, the study protocol, the UK policy framework for health and social care research and any other trial manuals in order to protect the research participants and the quality of each study. To safeguard the interests of patients by liaison with relevant trial personnel and contribution to trial design and protocol and ensure compliance with research guidelines. To observe the confidentiality of participant information at all times, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR.

Person Specification



  • First level qualification and current NMC registration
  • ENB 405 or equivalent
  • ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Valid GCP certification


  • Graduate Qualification
  • Newborn Life Support Course



  • The relevant experience working in neonates
  • Evidence of post Neonatal Qualified in Speciality experience


  • Experience of caring for patients involved in clinical trials.
  • Experience in administering and monitoring trial medications.
  • Experience in setting up, recruiting to, closing down and archiving clinical trials
  • Experience of teaching, supervising and mentoring junior staff.



  • A good knowledge of: 1) clinical trials process 2) neonatal pathways 3) regulatory clinical research frameworks
  • Knowledge of the data protection Act (2018) and implications for confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of the Children's Act and Safeguarding Legislation.


  • Sound knowledge of neonatal treatment/therapy and practice in the standard setting.
  • Knowledge and use of the local portfolio management system - EDGE
  • Knowledge of local policies and procedures for children's safeguarding.



  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office applications
  • Capable of working with high degree of autonomy.
  • Excellent communication skills to all levels of staff and patients.
  • Capable of working effectively within different multidisciplinary teams.
  • Accurate, legible contemporaneous documentation skills including data collection and entry
  • Excellent time management
  • Proficiency in clinical observations
  • Venepuncture


  • Knowledge and use of clinical computer applications e.g ICE iPM etc.
  • Basic laboratory skills (Preparing samples e.g. Centrifuging and separating into aliquots, slide preparation.)



  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with all people relevant to their work.
  • Ability to be proactive in problem solving and take initiative with an awareness of own limitations.
  • Mental agility to competently switch between trials, sometimes at short notice.
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to work to precise protocols and deadlines
  • Work under pressure
  • Ability to make decisions, prioritise, organise and manage.
  • Able to rapidly absorb and respond to complex information.

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

Lewsey Road



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