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Research Quality Associate

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024

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The Trust is fully committed to conducting high quality clinical research. The post holder will work within the Quality Team to support quality assurance activities across the Trust, with a particular focus on supporting the quality service provided by the Quality Team to the Clinical Research Facilities based at MFT (hereafter MFT CRF).

The post holder will support the quality management systems of the MFT CRF and R& I, ensuring that standards are adhered to via audit and quality assurance activity. They will provide administrative support in maintaining quality within the MFT CRF. In pursuing this role, the post holder will need to maintain high standards of personal and commercial confidentiality, integrity and use well-judged communication skills.

Main duties of the job

Main duties and responsibilities will include:
  • Working within the Quality Team to support quality assurance activities across R& I, with a particular focus on supporting the MFT CRF.
  • Conducting a programme of audits to ensure high standards are maintained across the Trust by researchers according to national regulations, guidance and MFT standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Carry out a rolling programme of research study audits conducted at the Trust as directed by the Quality Team.
  • Conduct solo audit visits and prepare written reports on findings.
  • Visits will involve reviewing and interpreting complex and sensitive clinical information, communicating with key research personnel and auditing research compliance against Trust systems and processes.
  • Identify the most serious non-compliances and escalate to relevant managers as required.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Good Clinical Practice certificate.


  • Educated to post-graduate level or equivalent.



  • Knowledge and understanding of the standards and legislation that govern research in the NHS.
  • Knowledge of regulatory issues surrounding the conduct of clinical research, especially Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products and Devices, including Good Clinical Practice principles.


  • Knowledge of NHS research agenda.

Training and Experience


  • Administrative experience.
  • Experience of working as part of a research team.
  • Extensive Microsoft Office experience.


  • Previous NHS experience.
  • Experience of research monitoring or audit.
  • Experience of delivering training or working in an advisory capacity.



  • Ability to assess and interpret complicated and conflicting information and use judgement where appropriate
  • Ability to explain and discuss non-compliances with research team members.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and to organise own workload
  • Ability to work well within a team


  • Ability to use own initiative where appropriate and to be proactive in approach to work.



  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Effective communication skills, verbal and written
  • Self-motivated.
  • Good attention to detail
  • Flexible approach to work, including willingness to work across all MFT sites and visit external research sites as required.
  • Good organisational skills with a methodical approach to working.

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Research Office, Nowgen Centre and MFT CRF Oxford Road Campus, and MFT CRF Wythenshawe Hospital


M13 9WU

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