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Research Nurse (Patient Recruitment Centre)

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded a national contract to develop one of five dedicated NIHR Patient Recruitment Centres (PRC) in Exeter aimed at high throughput, late phase commercial clinical trials. This high profile prestigious initiative is designed to support the UK Life Sciences Industry these dedicated centres will become focal points for enrolling members of the public into cutting edge late phase commercial contract research studies and trials improving the speed and consistency of delivery. The five PRCs will operate in a franchise model working closely with each other and the National Institute for Health Research national and local research networks.

We are seeking an experienced Registered Research Nurse who has recent relevant clinical experience in the acute or community setting to be part of the PRC team.

You will gain experience in helping to complete the set-up of this new venture including implementing novel patient recruitment initiatives as well as experience in coordinating and helping to deliver clinical trials across a range of specialties supporting Urgent Public Health research including vaccine trials. You will support the safe conduct of research in accordance with the Research Governance Framework and Good Clinical Practice guidelines and provide assurance that the rights, safety and well-being of trial participants are protected.

Main duties of the job

For more detail about the main duties of this role, please see the job description section below. As a key member of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you will be joining an exceptional team working together to help our patients to stay healthy, when they need it most.

About us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford).

Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within peoples own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Its never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as youll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role:

If you are interested in being at the cutting edge of developing new treatments, you should consider joining the NIHR Patient Recruitment Centre Exeter based at the Royal Devon University Hospitals Wonford site. This exciting initiative sees five centres across the UK collaborate to deliver late phase commercial clinical trials at pace and volume.

We are seeking an experienced Registered Nurse with recent relevant clinical experience in either the Hospital or community setting to be part of the PRC team. Due to our current portfolio we would be particularly interested in a practitioner who has recent experience in Cardiology or Paediatrics, however this is not essential.

The role will involve helping to coordinate and deliver clinical trials across a range of specialties, and supporting Urgent Public Health research including vaccine trials. If you are a curious practitioner who enjoys a challenge and exploring new ways of working we would love to hear from you.

The post-holder will work with the Research team to plan, implement, organise and manage concurrent research projects. You will develop networks with Multidisciplinary Teams across the Trust and other appropriate local and national agencies. You will coordinate and manage the relevant study portfolio and deliver recruitment accrual in line with performance and monitoring objectives.

The post holder will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the clinical requirements associated with research to ensure optimum delivery of clinical trials. You will ensure that all research procedures are conducted according to study protocols and will be accountable for the recruitment, data collection and care of research participants with a focus on providing a quality experience.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00 but there will be some flexibility required as the Unit endeavour to provide a flexible service for the patients, therefore, there maybe a requirement to work evenings or weekends on occasions

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact Heather Palfrey, PRC Team

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Preference will be given to staff with Priority and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you're starting out in the NHS, you'll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers.

You will also have access to other benefits including:

National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.

Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter

Car lease schemes.

The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).

Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

Person Specification

General Requirements


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description

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Employer name

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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