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Clinical Research Assistant / Practitioner

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Researcher
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced Research Assistant or Research Practitioner looking to progress?

Do you have experience with in mental health services or with vulnerable adults in a research setting?

The Research Delivery Team at Central and North West London NHS Trust is looking for an experienced researcher to join their team to support recruitment to and coordination of complex interventional research in the Trust. Due to the complex nature of the trials the post-holder will be leading on, this post would suit somebody with 1+ years' experience at B6 in research delivery in mental health.

This post is hosted by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and supported by the North West London Clinical Research Network (CRN) which forms part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) which was established by the Department of Health and aims to improve the speed, quality, and integration of research, ultimately resulting in improved patient care.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

The role will be based in the Research Delivery Service at Noclor Joint Research Office, hosted by Central and North West London NHS Trust. This role also involves working across multiple organisations within North West London to ensure people with mental health, dementia, learning disabilities, neurodegenerative and neurology problems have access to research opportunities.

Supported by the North West London Clinical Research Network (CRN): this is a chance to gain experience and knowledge of clinical research in the area of mental health.

You will work with research teams to recruit patients to a range of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) portfolio studies. You will also promote research engagement actively assisting research teams with patient recruitment and data collection. You will be expected to have a good working knowledge of ICH GCP and be able to competently coordinate complex research trials, and to be involved in supervising junior researchers in the team.

You should be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of the challenges of research delivery in the NHS, particularly within mental health. The ideal candidate should have effective communication skills, good organisational skills, flexibility, excellent attention to detail, and the ability to work autonomously. A willingness to travel to sites across London is essential as the roles are based within services, as well as an ability or willingness to learn phlebotomy is essential.

About us

The Research Delivery Service is a diverse, social and outgoing team. As part of your role, you'll have the opportunity to try out new ideas in response to challenges that arise, with the support of your manager and wider team. We believe in succeeding together, not in spite of one another.

The role will also bring opportunities to develop your clinical and leadership skills. For example, previous research assistants have now gone onto senior roles within the NHS, completing PhDs and DClinPsy training. We also work with other Research Delivery Services in London under Noclor which provides opportunities for shared learning and creative thinking. In addition, we are an outgoing and social team who encourage, motivate and support one another.

The Research Delivery Service works with a diverse population in North West London and is important to us that we reflect this. Our diverse team and leadership team are examples of how we embrace, celebrate and learn from each other's cultures which helps to shape our clinical practices when interacting with our clients. Furthermore, it is key that team members uphold our values and work together for our clients with respect, dignity and compassion.

Our staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties will be allocated to the post-holder according to qualifications and experience. They are likely to involve some or all of the following:
  • Patient recruitment and retention in studies
  • To attend multidisciplinary team meetings regularly to aid identification of appropriate Trusts/wards etc within the CRN for recruitment of participants to CRN North West London Division 4 studies
  • To identify participants to NIHR adopted studies according to specific protocols and guidelines, and assist clinicians to obtain informed consent from those participants
  • To provide verbal and written information and support to research participants and their carers for the duration of their involvement in the research project and to assist participants with the completion of questionnaires as necessary
  • To co-ordinate treatment, assessment and follow-up as necessary in accordance with research protocol, taking the lead on complex interventional research studies.
  • To provide support and supervision to junior research staff.
  • To identify areas of low patient recruitment and liaise with the Research Delivery Manager and to identify mechanism for improving
  • To work at all times according to Good Clinical Practice, Research Governance and Trust guidelines
  • To provide support to research teams to obtain approvals from Trust Research Governance and Local Ethics Committees
  • To ensure that any data collection is conducted according to specific research protocols and adheres to the Data Protection Act 1998 and according to ICH Good Clinical Practice guidelines
  • To facilitate the recording of patient recruitment on CRN Data Entry System
  • To provide information / reports on recruitment when requested by the Research Delivery Manager to provide support to research teams for assessments and follow-up of study participants.
  • To provide support to research teams for assessments and follow-up of study
  • With appropriate training, take clinical samples for studies coordinate tissue sample collection and dispatch to relevant departments or research centres

Service mapping
  • To work with R& D staff, Trust and university employees to co-ordinate existing information into a comprehensive overview of services and service user support services across the North West London region
  • To develop, catalogue and maintain appropriate filing systems and other office management systems to record that information

  • To attend and contribute to Division Management Group meetings
  • To attend and contribute to project management group meetings for specific research projects
  • To liaise with other CRA/CRPs within the CRN to ensure the needs of the Network are met
  • To provide information and education on research projects adopted by the CRN to interested parties
  • To disseminate information on the CRN to a range of audiences in a variety of formats
  • To maintain a working knowledge of relevant practice and to disseminate up to date information, protocol amendments etc. to personnel working on research projects
  • To liaise with CRN and academic staff, the wider Trust personnel, and external contacts
  • To maintain position of integrity, appreciating the need for confidentiality when dealing with staff and issues appertaining to this post
  • To liaise with a wide range of internal and external organisations and teams in support of the CRN Hub
  • To form and maintain close working relationships with the Divisional Manager, Specialty Lead, Divisional Lead and others as appropriate
  • To offer advice and support to research active staff, patients and carers, as appropriate

  • To keep up to date with relevant training and develop skills and knowledge by maintaining a programme of
  • To participate positively in regular supervision and annual appraisal
  • Comply with the Trusts infection control policies and procedures and undertake the necessary training in Infection Prevention and Control as identified by the

Policy & Service Development
  • To undertake all duties in accordance with the policies, procedures and practices of the Trust and the CRN. It is the post holder's responsibility to ensure they keep up to date with these policies and other policy
  • To support the Trust Research Governance Lead to ensure and monitor adherence to current National and Trust research governance policy of CRN adopted studies running within the Trust

Management of Resrouces:
  • To assist and support the research network in the establishment of an efficient working environment, making the most effective and efficient use of staff, supplies and services.
  • To utilise all available resources to the maximum benefit of the service, being aware of resource implications specific to the Network
  • Ensure that agreed Trust policies and procedures are

Research & Development:
  • To assist with the creation and delivery of relevant CRN training packages
  • To contribute to the development of the research capacity of service user and carer interests and organisations
  • To support the development of clinical service mapping and provision of high quality information to the CRN

Person Specification



  • oEducated to degree level or equivalent experience in a healthcare-related field.
  • ICH Good Clinical Practice



  • Experience of working with people with mental health issues in an in-patient or community care setting.
  • Significant years' experience working in research delivery/patient recruitment in clinical research


  • Project management experience



  • Understanding of clinical trials in the field of mental health, dementia or neurodegenerative diseases conditions and social care.
  • Knowledge of the NHS Research Ethics Committee and R& D application processes


  • Demonstrable knowledge of research design and methods including an understanding of the analytical process



  • Excellent organisational skills including the ability to establish appropriate documentation and record keeping
  • Proven time management skills including the ability to manage own workload within defined parameters
  • Willing to undertake training (if necessary) to deliver assessments and take clinical samples from study participants.
  • Experience of public speaking
  • High level of interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to work with clinical and management colleagues at all levels across a range of organisations
  • Able to contribute to the creation and delivery of CRN training packages
  • Good IT skills, including demonstrable competence in word processing and data entry systems



  • Ability to receive, analyse and handle large volumes of complex, sensitive and highly confidential information
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to take decisions independently when necessary
  • Diplomatic and calm under pressure.
  • Phlebotomy trained or willingness to learn
  • Ability to travel across the North West London region
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate complex information to a range of audiences and through a variety of mediums with confidence, empathy and enthusiasm.
  • Evidence of accuracy and attention to detail in data collection and recording
  • Able to work flexibly and creatively - contributing to the formulation and adjustment of plans and organising clinical, academic and service user involvement within those plans
  • Proven ability to work effectively as a team member as well as working alone
  • Ability to deal with the public and colleagues in a pleasant and polite manner at all times.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Noclor, JML House

8 Regis Road, Kentish Town



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