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Clinical trial assistant

Job Reference: 188-OTH1191

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Trials
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£21,089 - £23,761 pa

We’re looking for someone with experience of working in a clinical healthcare setting to join our cancer clinical research team as a clinical trial assistant. This role is fixed term for 24 months, and you’ll be based at Southampton General Hospital, part of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). If you have a passion for research, an eye for detail, and excellent communication and administration skills, we’d love to hear from you.


UHS is one of the top performing cancer research hospitals in the country with over 150 open clinical trials. More than one in three cancer patients attending the hospital takes part in a clinical trial. We are a large, friendly team of around 50 research nurses and clinical trials assistants dedicated to supporting our patients through their cancer treatment.


As clinical trial assistant, you’ll be responsible for providing administrative and clinical support for a portfolio of cancer clinical trials. This will include:

  • accurately completing all trial paperwork
  • assisting in the care and follow up of clinical trial patients
  • checking eligibility of patients, and randomising/registering them
  • carrying out clinic appointments/tests required for patients according to schedule
  • ensure timely submission of accurate and completed CRFs to the trial coordinating offices
  • working within trial protocol requirements to transcribe/export data in to Case Report Forms (CRFs)
  • ensuring trials are carried out according to ICH-GCP, the EU Directive on Good Clinical Practice and the Research Governance Guidelines.

You’ll also be expected to undertake clinical observations as required by study protocol, to include venesection, obtaining blood pressure (manual or electronic), recording ECGs and measuring height and weight. Training will be provided where necessary.


You’ll need to demonstrate administrative experience within a clinical healthcare setting, as well as experience of dealing directly with patients. Previous experience of clinical research or phlebotomy would be an advantage, but is not essential. We’re also looking for evidence that you have:

  • strong IT skills
  • attention to detail
  • good organisational skills
  • the ability to prioritise tasks
  • willingness to undertake venesection training
  • an excellent level of written and verbal communication
  • You’ll also need to demonstrate a passion for research and the ability to work independently and flexibly, alone or as part of a team.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Monday, 02 September 2019.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Jocelyn Walters

023 8120 5112

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies under any circumstances.


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