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Assistant Quality Assurance Manager

Job Reference: 317-2020-52-047

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 R&D Management 570420
317 Trustwide
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 15,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “Healthcare at its best with people at our heart”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.69 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally and nationally and internationally.

The Care Quality Commission has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the second time in a row.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

A challenging and exciting opportunity has arisen at one of the leading NHS Hospitals Trusts in the Research & Development department (Newcastle Joint Research Office “NJRO”). The post holder will play a key role within the NJRO team – a joint venture between Newcastle Hospitals and Newcastle University, established to support high quality research at a local and national level.

Reporting to the Quality Assurance Manager (Good Clinical Practice “GCP” Lead) and Quality Assurance and Development Manager (Human Tissue Governance Lead), the post holder will be responsible for supporting the development, implementation and maintenance of the quality management system for Trust human tissue holdings under the Human Tissue Act (2004). In addition they will facilitate the integration of GCP and Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) into the Trust and University laboratories supporting clinical research.

The post holder will work closely with the NJRO QA Management Team to ensure the effective handling and management of human biological samples, as part of Clinical Trials and biobanks, is conducted to the highest standard in accordance with all Regulations and relevant SOPs.

Working closely with the Regulatory Compliance Team and broader NJRO team, other specialist Quality Managers, delegated Clinical Trials Unit, the Clinical Team and Principle Investigators, they will provide expert advice on all aspects of HTA/GCP/GCLP quality assurance and research related regulations. Conduct of audits will be a key aspect to the role including site visits to other organisations outside the Trust, when required. Preparation, approval and implementation of quality assurance documentation with delivery of associated training are also required.

A Masters Level qualification, or equivalent qualification or experience, is required. Practical and/or theoretical experience of quality assurance and governance is also sought, with a good understanding of the GCP/HTA regulations and research ethics. The post holder will also need the ability to work independently and manage their own time while still remaining an active team member. An outstanding attention to detail along with the ability to analyse, interpret and compare a range of complex information is essential for this post.

We would welcome applications from staff considering a secondment from their current post.

For further information or an informal visit please contact Gill Robson, Quality Assurance Manager, Joint Research Office, Regent Point on 07864 959 331 or email: or Mhairi Anderson, Quality Assurance and Development Manager at

Full Time 37 hours 30 minutes/week

For further details / informal visits contact:

Gill Robson

07864 959331

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