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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/11/2021.

Clinical Research Nurse

Job Reference: 185-A-21-109328

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Exeter Clinical Research Facility
£25,655 - £31,534 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.






JOB TITLE: Research Nurse




REPORTS TO: Research Nurse (Band 6)


DIRECTORATE: Research and Development


WORKING PATTERN: 37.5 hrs per week (negotiable)


JOB TYPE: Substantive.





This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic, clinically astute and motivated Registered Nurse to become involved in and support a portfolio of clinical research projects.


We specialise in experimental medicine and Early Phase clinical research and cover many areas including diabetes, vascular health, cardiovascular disease, dementia, respiratory conditions and addictive behaviours.


The post holder will play a key part in the provision of care and management of patients participating in clinical studies.The successful candidate will demonstrate a broad range of experience and skills that can be transferred to variety of clinical research settings. General experience and a flexible ‘can do’ approach and attention to detail is essential.


It is essential to have an interest in research and an understanding of the part research plays in evidence based practice.An understanding and awareness of general clinical research including early phase studies and the regulatory issues in its conduct is desirable although a full and thorough training and induction package will be provided. The post holder will work closely with and be assigned to a band 6 Senior Research Nurse.

The post holder will have the opportunity and be expected to demonstrate initiative and flexibility.He/she will be able to develop their skills as a proactive team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills and organisational abilities.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.


The post holder will be expected to recruit to and support the Exeter Ten Thousand (EXTEND) research cohort and the NIHR Bio Resource.He/she will also clinically support a number of other research studies in the facility.


Applicants should be able/willing to perform venepuncture, cannulation and Immediate Life Support (ILS).


Although the post holder willmostlywork Mon-Fri - social hours (starting at 8am), there is an expectation that staff will participate in the on-call rota for emergency un-blinding of studies and will actively participate in other studies that may need out of hours assistance.


The Clinical Research Facility team actively encourage potential applicants to come to the CRF for an informal visit and discussion about the role. This will give a better insight into the work of the CRF and the role that is being appointed to.


For more information please contact Senior Research Nurses: Anna Steele 01392 408173 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.***




The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) are planning to formally join together in April 2022; subject to the necessary approvals from our Board, Governors and regulatory authorities. Over the last few years we have made good progress by working more closely together to tackle our shared challenges. However, both organisations believe that combining our strengths into a single organisation will put us in a stronger position to offer high quality, resilient services to the people of Devon now and in the future. Further information regarding the proposed NDHT and RD&E integration is available on each of the Trust websites.

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