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Senior Clinical Research Nurse

Job Reference: 185-A-21-95340

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Research and Development
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata

We offer a fantastic benefits package with competitive pay rates with annual increases, annual leave of 27 days increasing to 33 days after 10 years, access to the NHS Pension Scheme to which you and the Trust contribute. Our Medical workforce has separate arrangements. Alongside this there are extensive training development opportunities with paid mandatory training, support for flexible working and access to an On-site Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ Nursery. We promote a healthy work life balance, provide an Occupational Health Service to support you at work and have a number of NHS discounts available either directly through ourselves or online through NHS Discounts. As part of our recruitment process we can tell you more about our benefits package and you will see that we offer everything you would expect and more!

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) provides Acute and Community services across Exeter and East Devon serving a population of more than 450,000 people. In our latest CQC full inspection of our services, the RD&E received an overall rating of “good”. We were rated as “outstanding” for our Emergency and Critical Care services, and for Caring Trustwide.

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked as the joint best performing non-specialist Trust in the country for overall patient experience of care in the 2016 Care Quality Commission (CQC) Adult Inpatient Survey.

The main hospital site is in the historical Cathedral city of Exeter that has abundant family amenities and beautiful surrounding countryside. It is situated in the middle of the South West Region with easy access to the countryside and coast of Devon and Cornwall. It is well served by rail, road and air links. Good educational facilities such as the University of Exeter and good Ofsted rated schools are available locally. Our Community sites are equally well positioned and are a good place to work.

Enjoy a good quality of life in the South West and be part of our caring workforce.

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust to work in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Exeter Clinical Research Facility (CRF) research team.

The post holder will support the safe conduct of research for studies that fall within our portfolio covering many disease areas. We specialise in experimental medicine and Early Phase clinical trials and cover many areas such as neurology, diabetes, vascular health, cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, dementia and addictive behaviours.

The post holder will work within the research team to plan, implement, organise and manage concurrent joint research projects between the Royal Devon and Exeter, the University of Exeter Medical School and other key organisations. Organisational and collaboration skills are paramount as s/he will need to develop and nurture networks with multidisciplinary teams across all appropriate local and national agencies. The post holder will be required to promote research with patient support groups and at Research meetings so a driving licence/a willingness to travel is desirable.

The post holder will work with healthy volunteers and individuals with medical conditions. They will have a strong working relationship with and support of Principal Investigators, other members of the CRF, commercial Sponsors, the Clinical Research Network (CRN) and University teams.

S/he will coordinate and manage studies and will deliver recruitment in line with performance and monitoring objectives. Our studies have a mixture of complex commercial and non-commercial/academic studies.

The post holder will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the clinical requirements associated with research to ensure optimum delivery of clinical trials. S/he will ensure that all research procedures are conducted according to study protocols and will be accountable for the recruitment, data collection and care of research participants with a focus on providing a quality experience.

Experience in performing clinical procedures and clinical research is essential. Applicants should be able/willing to perform venepuncture, cannulation and Immediate Life Support (ILS).


Applicants should be able to express their enthusiasm and commitment to the role and will need to be able to demonstrate the ability to organise, prioritise and adjust their workload in relation to the requirements of multiple studies.


This position represents an excellent opportunity for experienced candidates who wish to develop the skills required to thrive in a participant-focused research environment.

Full time hours but is negotiable.

An informal meeting is strongly recommended.

For more information please contact Anna Steele 01392 408181 or Claire Ball 01392 403099

Our vision is to provide safe, high quality seamless services delivered with courtesy and respect. To achieve our vision we expect all our staff to uphold our Trust values. Our Trust values are:
Honesty, Openness & Integrity
Inclusion & Collaboration
Respect & Dignity

***Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.***


This post is being offered as Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust continue to develop our long standing partnership with a view to becoming a single integrated organisation across Eastern and Northern Devon. Working together gives us the opportunity to offer unique and varied careers across our services combining the RD&E’s track record of excellence in research, teaching and links to the university with NDHT’s innovation and adaptability.

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The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust will contact previous employers to confirm employment history to cover a period of at least 3 years. The Trust is only able accept written references; these will be requested via email. One of your referees must be your current line manager and all references must cover the previous three years work or study history.

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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