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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/05/2020.

Clinical Research Nurse

Job Reference: 267-CS1903291

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Research and Development
£24,907 to £30,615 per annum

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT) is a thriving research-active Trust undertaking studies ranging from small educational projects through to complex Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPS) within mental and community health.

The Oxford cognitive health Clinical Research Facility was established in 2011, to support intensive research studies that are not feasible to conduct within the routine clinical care setting. The CRF was awarded significant funding from the NIHR to support infrastructure for experimental medicine and its aim is to be fully aligned with the strategy of the OHFT Biomedical Research Centre, BRC. The BRC is a joint partnership between OHFT and the University of Oxford. CRF studies in mental health and cognitive neuroscience range from research ready observational cohort studies to CTIMPs with a strong focus on experimental medicine design. Disease areas include mood disorders, schizophrenia, and dementia.

The CRF provides a unique opportunity to work with a team delivering research protocols that aim to translate neuroscience into benefits for patients. Opportunities are available for the post holder to expand their research experience by undertaking research themselves through working with leaders in the field at the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry and with nurse academics at Oxford Brookes University .

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Clinical Research Nurse to join our team. The Clinical Research Nurse will work under supervision on often complex studies that provide the opportunity to connect and work across many organisations within and outside of Oxford including NHS clinical services, R@D departments, other research centres e g Cambridge University and specialist basic science departments. Our studies are at the cutting edge of research, no two studies are the same so the working environment provides ample opportunity for innovation and exciting collaborative team working. Clinical skills and care are essential, the postholder will be responsible for assessing and managing care pathways for study patient participants. The role involves using an in-depth knowledge of clinical study protocols and their application in practice, alongside a working knowledge and compliance with the local, national and international research regulations. The postholder will work collaboratively with the wider multi-disciplinary team to deliver research protocols. This will include recruitment activity as well as the usual processes associated with research delivery (protocol management, consent, visit activity, data collection, sample collection and processing etc). The CRF has supported the development of nursing technical skills in line with study requirements, for example recent studies have required nursing support for undertaking skin biopsies, lumbar punctures and the intravenous delivery of study medicines.

This post would suit someone newly qualified or with an interest in pursuing a career in clinical research. Clinical experience within the field of mental health is desirable; but not essential. This role provides opportunities to develop, gain experience and knowledge in the field of mental health and neuroscience clinical research. As a development role, this post would be ideal for those interested in choosing a career pathway in clinical research. This post has been created with a view to being supported to develop and progress into a Band 6 Clinical Research Nurse position within a year of successful professional development. Secondment opportunities will be considered for this role.

The ability to work confidently under supervision is essential.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Cheryl Pavel (CRF team lead) via email on

  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.

  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.

  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3-5 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.

  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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.

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