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Clinical Research Fellow in Rheumatology

Job Reference: 427-MD20181102

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
427 Rheumatology Medical Staff
£31,217 to £49,086 pa

New colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust. You will work alongside high calibre staff, many of whom have a national and international reputation for specialist expertise and world-class care, focusing on providing the best services to our patients. The CQC recently rated the care we provide as outstanding.

The Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, North East Somerset and West Wiltshire. Our values; Everyone Matters, Working Together, Making a Difference, represent our aspiration for the type of hospitals we want to be. You can join our dedicated and talented staff to make this happen.

We are proud of our innovative approach to improving patient care and experience and we regularly receive national recognition for the quality of the care we provide. We were recently named as a centre of excellence by LUPUS UK in recognition of our approach to the management of lupus, and honoured at the Nursing Times Awards for our patient safety improvement work. The quality of our environment and our food has also been praised; awarded two Construction Excellence Awards for our IT building, and also presented with a prestigious Soil Association catering mark for the food we serve.

The beautiful, historic City of Bath is one of the most visited cities in the UK outside of London. With excellent leisure and shopping facilities, and a thriving cultural scene, Bath is a wonderful place to live, work and play. The hospital is served by great transport links from the city centre, by Park & Ride services from the centre of town and Odd Down, and is accessible via national cycle route 24, 244 and the beautiful Two Tunnels Greenway.

If we receive high level of applications, the vacancy may close early. So, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. If you feel you need additional time, please contact recruitment to discuss if we can help.

Job title: Clinical Research Fellow at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, RUH NHS FT, Bath, UK

Specialty: Rheumatology

Hours: 40 per week

Grade: ST3+ (Fixed Term 12-15 months)

On Call Banding: none

Closing date: November 26th 2018

Interview Date: TBC

This is an exciting post offering training in Rheumatology and research and would offer excellent grounding prior to application for a training post in Rheumatology or an application for research funding. The post holder will take part in three Rheumatology outpatient clinics per week and spend approximately half of their time in the research department learning research skills and conducting a grant funded study or clinical trials.  Three posts are available with each post focusing on a different research project or portfolio of projects:

1) Rheumatoid Arthritis - an Innovate UK funded project to study flare prediction in Rheumatoid Arthritis conducted at the RNHRD with collaborators. Skills in ultrasound would be advantageous for this project.

2) Psoriatic Arthritis – a NIHR funded collaborative study which involves over 2000 Psoriasis patients across 4 centres receiving annual assessments.  Knowledge of PsA outcome measures is desirable.

3) Cross – Rheumatology clinical research fellow to join another part time fellow supporting a portfolio of 30 projects, both commercially and non-commercially funded, and consisting mainly of interventional medicinal product trials.

Candidates will be considered for all 3 posts but please state if you have a particular preference on your application form. The post holder will have access to highly specialist Rheumatology services including Spondyloarthritis, Connective Tissue Disease, Metabolic bone disease and Early synovitis.  There will also be the opportunity to develop skills in musculoskeletal injection and musculoskeletal ultrasound. There are excellent opportunities for developing an interest in research. The post holder will also be able to participate in the first-rate weekly Postgraduate teaching activities.

There are 3 posts which are for a fixed term of 12- 15 months depending on start date in early 2019. There may be an opportunity to extend.

Please contact Dr Ellie Korendowych ( or 01225 465941) (Consultant Rheumatologist and Clinical lead) or Jane Carter ( (Research Manager 01225 465941 x224) to discuss the posts in more detail.

This post will be covered by the Trusts’ Trust Doctor terms and conditions of service.   The T&Cs can be viewed as the additional document attached.


Equal opportunities

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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We will request references covering the last 3 years of work or study by email. One referee must be your current/most recent line manager or tutor. Please supply an organisational email address for your referees on your application form so that we can verify the reference.

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All posts are subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level, as per guidelines set out by the DBS.

Tier 2 Sponsorship
Applicants who need Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, they may not be appointed to a post if a suitable candidate with existing right to work in the UK is appointable as we are unlikely to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test required by UKVI. For further information please visit UK Visas and Immigration website.

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The RUH is an entirely smokefree site – colleagues, patients and visitors are not permitted to smoke anywhere in our grounds.

Please note, unlesss specifically agreed with the Recruiting Manager, the Trust is not able to pay interview travel expenses.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

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