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Senior Clinical Research Nurse

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
27 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Senior Research Nurse is an integral member of the Research and Innovation management team sharing responsibility for development and management of the service and their portfolio.

They will manage and oversee the portfolio of clinical studies relating, but not limited to Critical Care, Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine, Pain Management, Surgery and Neurological Disorders at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, but there maybe a potential requirement for wider cross site working within UHSussex. The post holder will have expertise and experience in managing a team of nurses, coordinating clinical research, with good levels of clinical judgement, discretion and decision making in line with Good Clinical Practise, policies and frameworks.

They will be involved in the development of their portfolio working closely with the clinical and R& I teams to ensure that their portfolio reflects the R& I strategy and True North objectives.

Main duties of the job

The post holder in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and Lead Research Nurse, will manage, coordinate, and organise the timely delivery of research projects. Identifying potential barriers to recruitment and strategies to monitor effective use of resources and the timely delivery of research targets.

They will have experience in analysing new research studies and undertaking the feasibility process, in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and Lead Research Nurse, identifying capacity issues both within research and relevant service departments. The post holder will demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in their relation to the clinical, research and education responsibilities.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our.Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide professional and clinical leadership and ensure delivery of high quality care and clinical research.
  • Coordinates complex research studies using expert clinical and research knowledge.
  • Continually evaluates the quality of the care given, regularly assessing the needs of the patients/participants and effects change required to ensure their safety.
  • In conjunction with the Principal Investigator and Lead Research Nurse/Nurse Manager, manages, coordinate, and organises the timely delivery of research projects. Identifying potential barriers to recruitment and strategies to monitor effective use of resources and the timely delivery of research targets.
  • Manage an allocated team of clinical research nurses on a day-to-day basis, monitoring their performance in accordance with BSUH NHS Trust Individual Appraisal Programme.
  • Act as professional lead, resource and role model providing advice and support to all staff working in the research area to promote best practice, including: medical students, nurses, and doctors.
  • Actively support the clinical areas, R& I and the Trust in the provision of high quality, modern, dynamic and patient centred research in accordance with the Trusts True North programme and the R& I strategy.
  • Deputises for Lead Research Nurse as required.

  • Person Specification

    Experience / Qualifications


    • First degree in relevant subject
    • First level Registered Nurse
    • Evidence of specialist knowledge required for the portfolio and research
    • Previous Experience in Teaching and Assessing
    • Prior line management and experienced in supervising staff


    • Management/ Leadership course/qualification

    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


    • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).
    • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


    Royal Sussex County Hospital

    Sussex House, 1 Abbey Road


    BN2 1ES

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