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Research Assistant

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£27,271 to £33,198 per annum inclusive of Inner London HCAs
Closing date
18 Jun 2024

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The R& D department at SWLTG is looking to recruit an enthusiastic Research Assistant to work under the supervision of the R& D Governance and Clinical Trials Manager on an NIHR funded feasibility trial to assess eye-movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) as a treatment for patients diagnosed with functional neurological disorder (FND). The Research Assistant will be responsible for undertaking semi-structured interviews, performing qualitative analysis, and writing papers under the supervision of the trial team.

The successful candidate will also assist the Trial Manager in delivering high quality administrative and study management, including data management and close-out activities. This is an excellent development opportunity for someone looking to expand their research skills, to work as part of a dynamic, passionate team. Personal professional development through training, educational meetings and career guidance will also be available.

We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties. For this role, we offer career pathways in R& D Governance and Delivery. In addition, we offer ongoing training and development in all aspects of the research development and delivery pathway.

Main duties of the job

The Research Assistant will gain informed consent from trial participants, perform semi-structured interviews, and take the lead in performing qualitative analysis. They will also assist the Chief Investigator in writing papers.

The successful candidate will be highly organised and self-motivated, with excellent time and task management skills. They will be able to communicate effectively with the study team as well as with trial participants. Previous experience in qualitative research and paper writing is not essential but would be highly desirable.

Agile and flexible working:

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work 4 days a week (day off to be agreed with the team) in the time frames from 8am to 6pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our locations:

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting

Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our �150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities. A 32-acre public park, shops and cafes are coming soon. Close to shops, cafes and Tooting Bec on the Northern Line plus Earlsfield and Tooting rail stations and bus routes.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Trial Management Support
  • Assist with the development and writing of trial specific procedures including development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) relating to the management of the studies.
  • Assist with the oversight and administration of Serious Adverse Events resolving queries, logging and reconciliation of events and notification of events to the relevant committees and authorities.
  • Support with the preparation and submission of amendments and annual progress/safety reports to the Health Research Authority (HRA), Research Ethics Committees (RECs) and R& D departments.
  • Attend trial and R& D meetings as required.
  • Assist with monitoring where required, and ensuring monitoring actions completed by study delivery teams.
  • To attend R& D conferences and support with preparation and presentation of papers related to study delivery as required.

Trial Coordination, Delivery, and Data Management
  • Assist with the co-ordination and oversight of the day to day running and closure of the trial.
  • Work closely with clinical study teams to ensure studies are conducted in line with the protocol and all applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Assist with the development and/or review other essential clinical research documents including patient information sheets/letters, informed consent forms as well as regulatory paperwork ensuring compliance with relevant SOPs, legislative requirements and guidelines in accordance to SWLSTG Policies and Procedures and Good Clinical Practice.
  • Assist with the development of essential study manuals, and trackers including communications tools for the trial, e.g. drafting progress reports.
  • Support data management..
  • Ensure all data for the trial is collected in line with the Research Protocol and study timelines.
  • Collect informed consent from participants, arrange and perform semi-structured interviews (online or in person).
  • Analyse the interview data under supervision.
  • Assist with the management of online databases and provide technical support to trial participants.
  • Assist with data validation, producing reports and ensuring data is ready for analysis, in line with the study statisticians.
  • Liaise with internal and external collaborators to facilitate data collection and analysis.
  • Assist with the maintenance of the Trial Master File.
  • Assist the Trial Manager, Chief Investigator and Statistician in writing the study related publication and final report.
  • To provide administration of clinical research throughout the project life cycle, from study set-up, initiation through to closure and archiving.
  • To assist delivery staff, where required, to ensure that trial protocols are adhered to by all members of the multi-disciplinary team, ensuring follow up appointments and tests required are ordered and arranged.

  • Planning and supporting the meetings and work of the various groups and bodies associated with the trial.
  • To extract clinical information from case notes, to receive clinical and scientific information from research collaborators and to input data accurately into the online database and research files. This includes the appropriate handling and transmission of encrypted and personal data.
  • Develop and maintain effective electronic filing systems.
  • Undertake clerical/secretarial tasks as required by the research team.
  • Provide cross cover for other CRU research projects where required.
  • Organise participant travel and book rooms for study appointments as required.

Person Specification



  • oExperience of being involved in delivering a research project (academic or NHS).
  • oExperience of gathering data in clinical trials.
  • oExperience of using research databases.
  • oExperience of obtaining informed consent to research studies


  • oExperience of clinical trials delivery and management (industry or NHS).
  • oRecent experience of working within a mental health specialty
  • oExperience of delivering presentations
  • oExperience of working with academic institutions and research teams.
  • oExperience of semi-structured interviews
  • oExperience of qualitative analysis



  • oEducated to degree level, within Social Science or or Health Professional Registration in Clinical/Scientific discipline.


  • oGood Clinical Practice (GCP) training.

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


Springfield Hospital


SW17 7DJ

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