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Lead Research Nurse

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£21,871 to £25,028 a year p.a.
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
To be successful at interview for this Lead Research Nurse position you will offer a minimum of 3 years experience as a Research Nurse of set up and lead facilitation of clinical research trials, holding the accountability to meet study targets, stipulated timeframes, and the expectations of sponsors / funding partners.

You will be joining a dedicated and motivated small team as part of a lead role that is a job share. We are a team that is motivated and excited as we engage with a recently refreshed Research and Development plan. This is an excellent time to join us as we step out on an ambitious path to widen our portfolio and reach. As a team player you will be confident in your role and experience and able to support and grow junior colleagues .

We are already on a collaborative journey with the Clinical Research Network and Dorset County Hospital to launch a Research and Vaccination Hub in West Dorset as well as furthering our existing strong commitment to relationships with our research partners within higher education.

This part time role will require you to be flexible to meet a varied engaging and diverse portfolio. This, together with your understanding of a true partnership approach, will strengthen our existing team commitment to further research integration across our Dorset giving opportunity for our population to participate and benefit from engagement in research that is relevant to the unique demographic of our county.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will support the aims of the Trust and the NIHR Clinical Research Network to improve the speed, quality and integration of clinical research, through the successful delivery of clinical research in the NHS.

Responsible for the day-to-day management of the research team, ensuring appropriate cover and skill mix for smooth running of research projects.

Work with Principal Investigators (PIs), to undertake caseload of research studies.

Liaise with the Principal Investigators allocate research projects to research staff, using professional judgement to assess workload and capacity.

Provide professional leadership and support at departmental level and collaborate with the Nursing and quality Directorate to enhance R& Dpractice and strategy.

Act as a role model and clinical expert at departmental level ensuring high standards of care and safety for research participants.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification.

When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do

Person Specification



  • Nursing qualification/Registration
  • Degree in relevant subject


  • Advanced degree in MSc or equivalent experience in all aspects of research

Knowledge, Skills & Training


  • Experience of working in an NHS/Social care environment with service user contact
  • Experience of working on research projects with participant contact
  • Staff management experience
  • Excellent presentation, organisation and time management skills, writing, numerical and verbal skills

Job Specific Experience


  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of research delivery and research governance
  • Excellent knowledge of CTIMP delivery and governance
  • Develop and deliver basic and specialist training on research ethics and governance
  • Effective leadership and service development in R& D


  • Experience of writing reports for publication

Information Technology


  • Demonstrable experience of word, excel, database and presentation software
  • Experience of specialist systems (ODP, EDGE)

Personal Attributes


  • Demonstrable leadership and motivational skills
  • Sensitivity to patients needs
  • Experience of working to tight deadlines, managing workload autonomously, working under pressure
  • Experience of contributing towards service development

Finance and Resources


  • Budget holder experience
  • Experience in collating information which included statistics and financial information

Business Travel


  • Able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


11 Shelley Road

11 Shelley Road



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