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Clinical Research Assistant

Band 5

Main area
Corporate Services
Band 5
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Whiteleaf Centre
£24,907 to £30,615 per annum
02/06/2020 23:59
Interview date

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.


Do you have patient-facing experience /experience in healthcare research and want to develop your research skills further? Are you committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults? This role might be for you.

The focus of this role is patient recruitment into the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) portfolio studies across the mental health specialty. If successful, you will work as a Clinical Research Assistant in the Mental Health Research Delivery (MHRD) team, one of three delivery teams within the Research & Development department covering Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and parts of Berkshire. You will work closely with the Research Implementation Manager in embedding research into the Adult Mental Health Team (AMHT) in Aylesbury, where you will be geographically based.

In this varied role, you will work alongside colleagues within the Aylesbury Vale AMHT to identify patients for appropriate research studies and will assist with study procedures as well as the collection and documentation of accurate data. A focal point of this role is raising awareness of research among clinical colleagues and service users and embedding research within the teams. To achieve this, you need a working knowledge of trial protocols and their application in practice, alongside a working knowledge of and compliance with the local, national and international research regulations. The studies we support range from observational, psychological interventions to commercial clinical trials of investigational medicinal products.

In addition to the responsibilities above, the Research & Development department have strong links with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford. If interested, you might choose to work towards your own research publication(s) in collaboration with the university in addition to the day-to-day research facilitation of the role.

You might also have the opportunity to hold a small clinical caseload of patients within the Aylesbury Vale AMHT, for which clinical supervision will be provided by a member of the team. While the focus of this role is research facilitation, the successful applicant might expect to spend about half a day per week on clinical work if desired. 

A requirement of this post is the ability to travel independently on a daily basis, therefore access to a car and full driving license is essential.

Please note that due to Covid-19 the Research & Development Department are currently working from home following official government advice. If successful, you will receive equipment to be inducted and work from home for the foreseeable future.

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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Tahnee Marquardt

Phone: 07717 696 425