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Clinical Studies Officer

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
The Clinical Studies Officer (CSO) is a key member of the Trusts Research and Development department. The principal purpose of the role is to work with clinical teams to assist in identifying and recruiting participants into Mental Health Mission studies including service users, carers and staff. The CSO also provides assistance with obtaining NHS Trust R& D approval, as well as other delegated tasks relating to research governance.

Main duties of the job

To assist clinical teams and NHS services in identifying potential participants eligible to take part in research projects and to provide information and support for patients, carers and staff involved in research projects

To provide research teams with assistance in obtaining NHS Trust R& D approval and other governance requirements such as Honorary Contracts/Letters of Access

To maintain close links with clinical services and departments across the Trust, working in partnership to set-up, plan and deliver on studies and maximise recruitment to-target and to-time

To lead on planning recruitment strategies for research studies, monitoring delivery, maintaining excellent communication with all stakeholders, and working as a team to identify problems early on and problem solve

There will be a requirement to travel across the Trust and mental health hubs, as well as sometimes further afield.

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.

Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointmen

Person Specification



  • Degree in Psychology or Health Professional qualification or registered Mental Health Nurse


  • Relevant postgraduate qualification
  • ICH Good Clinical Practice
  • Phlebotomy trained

Knowledge and Nature of Experience


  • Formal research training (this may be as part of a degree course)
  • Research experience (paid or voluntary) working as a researcher with at least 6 months of this being within the mental health field
  • Professional familiarity with mental health and/or social care practice and terminology


  • Experience working in an NHS environment with service user contact
  • Experience of running concurrent research studies with minimal supervision according to good clinical practice guidelines
  • Previous clinical trials experience

Analytical and Judgement Skills


  • Excellent organisational skills
  • The ability to establish appropriate documentation and record keeping


  • Project management experience

Professional/Managerial/Specialist Knowledge


  • Good Computer skills (MS Package, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of research design and methods understanding of the analytical process
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Highly motivated with the ability to work both as part of a team and also on an individual basis

Other Requirements


  • Willingness and ability to travel as and when required
  • Willingness to adopt home working as required in line with departmental arrangements

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Birmingham Children's Hospital and Forward Thinking Birmingham Mental Health Hubs

Steelhouse Lane


B4 6JG

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