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Research Nurse/AHP - Band 5 - Trauma & Orthopaedics

North Bristol NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Trauma nurse
Band 5
Full Time
Research Nurse/Allied Health Professional - Band 5 - Trauma & Orthopaedics

Research & Development are looking to recruit an experienced Nurse or Allied Health Professional to work within our established trauma and orthopaedic research team for a 1-year fixed term post. Full or part time options and secondments will be considered up to 1wte.

This is an opportunity to work as part of a well-established research team which offers a friendly and supportive work environment. We are a growing and dynamic multidisciplinary research team conducting studies across both trauma and elective orthoaedics. The post constitutes a significant opportunity for those who wish to build on their existing clinical experience and contribute to the development of evidence-based patient care.

We welcome applications from staff without prior research experience to apply as full training will be provided.

If you would like to learn more about the role please do get in touch, we welcome informal visits.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for:

Registered nurse/AHP with current professional registration

A desire to contribute to improving patient care based on research evidence

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Organised, self-motivated and adaptable with a flexible approach to team working

Excellent attention to detail

Strong IT skills

The post holder will be working on a variety of trauma orthopaedic, elective orthopaedic and major trauma research studies. The role will include:

Screening and recruiting patients to a range of studies.

Co-ordinating the logistics for patient follow-up visits and undertake patient assessments in accordance with study protocol.

Ensuring appropriate study information is accurately recorded in the patient's records.

Monitoring patients for any adverse events and ensure they are reported as necessary in a timely manner.

About us

North Bristol NHS Trust employs over 12,000 staff providing healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset from our award-winning hospital building at Southmead. We are the regional Major Trauma Centre, and an internationally recognised centre of excellence in a range of services and major specialities. Our vision is that by enabling our teams to be the best that they can be, we will provide exceptional healthcare, personally delivered.

We commit to treating each patient as an individual with respect and dignity, aiming to deliver excellent clinical outcomes and a first-class experience for everyone who uses our services.

North Bristol NHS Trust values all people as individuals. We aim to be an anti-discriminatory organisation and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We welcome applicants from all underrepresented groups.

North Bristol NHS Trust, Research and Development department employs over 140 staff. The department offers a supportive training and development environment and currently hold an Investors in People Silver award.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Trial Set-Up
  • Contribute to the assessment of trial protocols and safety, regulatory and logistical issues in the running of the trial.
  • Contribute to trial feasibility meetings.
  • Facilitate Site Specific Assessment procedures.
  • Liaise with the R& D team to ensure all projects have been given full NBT and REC approval prior to commencement.
  • Liaise with NIHR Clinical Research Network personnel in the trial set-up.
  • Support senior staff to undertake trial set up

Clinical Trial Running
  • Support local Principal Investigators in meeting their responsibilities outlined in the Research Governance Framework, Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations
  • Maintain Investigator Site File(s) and complete Case Report File / eCRF with a high degree of accuracy
  • Support PIs to ensure all Adverse Events are reported in line with the NBT Adverse Events Reporting policy
  • Support the PI in ensuring all reporting to regulatory bodies and Research Networks (if applicable) is done in a timely manner
  • Support the study team to ensure that all equipment used in the trial is appropriately calibrated and ensure retention of supporting documentation.
  • Performs all visits, observations, and interventions with the participants in accordance with the procedures and schedule of the study protocol and as directed by the senior research staff.
  • Ensure appropriate trial information and data is contained in patients hospital notes.
  • Complete monthly recruitment / accrual figures for the appointed person at NBT / NIHR Clinical Research Network under the guidance of senior research staff
  • Ensure Protocol amendments are incorporated into research practice
  • Under the guidance of the senior research nurse / AHP identify studies suitable for the band 5 to undertake with limited supervision.
  • Provides and receives complex information in the process of explaining study involvement and obtaining informed consent for the identified studies.
  • Under the supervision of senior research nurse / AHP undertake the management of the research related care of a group of study participants over the period of the identified study, which includes the assessment of patients/volunteers for eligibility for research and monitoring their condition throughout their participation.
  • Assist in recruitment, follow up and data entry during the period of the trial.
  • Acts in the best interests of the research subjects to ensure their rights are upheld.
  • Work within the range of research guidelines, ethical principles and protocols, whilst adhering to organisational policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to Clinical Governance at a level appropriate to the post holders knowledge and experience.
  • Observes the confidentiality of patient information at all times, in accordance with the Data Protection Act and Caldicott regulations.
  • Develops research related knowledge in relation to research governance, International Conference of Harmonisation Good Clinical Practice and the EU clinical trials directive in line with band 5 research nurse competencies.
  • Communicates to the senior research nurse / research nurse team / R& I / NIHR Clinical Research Network lead regarding research subjects, trial progress, workload issues and personal development.
  • Will develop research knowledge and advanced clinical skills including assessment techniques appropriate to postholders knowledge and level of responsibility

Study End
  • Enable a smooth transition from the research pathway back to the conventional treatment pathway by ensuring patients are referred to specialist services and / or outpatient clinics.
  • Ensure all data clarification issues are resolved quickly
  • Manage the archiving of study related documentation in line with the Trial Agreement and ICH-GCP

Resource Management
  • Be responsible for the handling of patient valuables and the reimbursement of patient expenses incurred as a result of study participation.
  • Shared responsibility for the safe use, maintenance and storage of computers, photocopiers and other office equipment.
  • Contribute to effective stock control/maintenance.
  • Contributes to selection and purchase of study specific equipment and clinical supplies

  • Identify own learning needs and proactively seek educational opportunities through the clinical area, R& D and NIHR Clinical Research Network as appropriate.
  • Will be expected to facilitate the development of other staff.
  • Develop skills in accordance with relevant professional CPD framework appropriate to the Band 5 role
  • Undertake and maintain ICH-GCP Training

  • Competent in and uses on a daily basis word, spreadsheet and database programs and patient administration systems.
  • Regularly uses software to develop documents or reports, including spreadsheets for external agencies where manipulation of the formulae is required (e.g. electronic data capture).
  • Promote the Trusts Organisational Objectives
  • Promote research within the clinical environment

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of the main duties and responsibilities that the post holder is required to undertake

Person Specification



  • RN (or equivalent), with current live Registration


  • Minimum 2 years post registration clinical experience
  • Degree level education in nursing or health related subject
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

Work Experience


  • Effective personal time and case load management


  • Recent experience working in orthopaedics or trauma
  • Recent clinical research work experience
  • Experience of extended roles e.g. venepuncture, musculoskeletal assessment skills



  • Advanced communication skills, verbal & written, to include report writing and record keeping.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with patients, family, carers and multidisciplinary team.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.


  • Previous experience of using databases and have meticulous data entry skills
  • Facilitation of development of other staff
  • Knowledge of the research process, including study development, approvals and management
  • Awareness of the Trust's Organisational Objectives

Personal Qualities/Special Circumstances


  • Flexibility/ punctuality.
  • Able to work within a diverse community of patients and health care professionals.

Employer details

Employer name

North Bristol NHS Trust


Southmead Hospital


BS10 5NB

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