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Clinical Research Nurse

Band 5

Main area
Corporate Services
Band 5
Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
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Clinical Research Facility, Warneford Hospital
£24,907 to £30,615 per annum
03/05/2020 23:59

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.


Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT) is a thriving research-active Trust undertaking studies ranging from small educational projects through to complex Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPS) within mental and community health.

The Oxford cognitive health Clinical Research Facility was established in 2011, to support intensive research studies that are not feasible to conduct within the routine clinical care setting. The CRF was awarded significant funding from the NIHR to support infrastructure for experimental medicine and its aim is to be fully aligned with the strategy of the OHFT Biomedical Research Centre, BRC. The BRC is a joint partnership between OHFT and the University of Oxford. CRF studies in mental health and cognitive neuroscience range from research ready observational cohort studies to CTIMPs with a strong focus on experimental medicine design. Disease areas include mood disorders, schizophrenia, and dementia.

The CRF provides a unique opportunity to work with a team delivering research protocols that aim to translate neuroscience into benefits for patients. Opportunities are available for the post holder to expand their research experience by undertaking research themselves through working with leaders in the field at the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry and with nurse academics at Oxford Brookes University .

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Clinical Research Nurse to join our team. The Clinical Research Nurse will work under supervision on often complex studies that provide the opportunity to connect and work across many organisations within and outside of Oxford including NHS clinical services, R@D departments, other research centres e g Cambridge University and specialist basic science departments. Our studies are at the cutting edge of research, no two studies are the same so the working environment provides ample opportunity for innovation and exciting collaborative team working. Clinical skills and care are essential, the postholder will be responsible for assessing and managing care pathways for study patient participants. The role involves using an in-depth knowledge of clinical study protocols and their application in practice, alongside a working knowledge and compliance with the local, national and international research regulations. The postholder will work collaboratively with the wider multi-disciplinary team to deliver research protocols. This will include recruitment activity as well as the usual processes associated with research delivery (protocol management, consent, visit activity, data collection, sample collection and processing etc). The CRF has supported the development of nursing technical skills in line with study requirements, for example recent studies have required nursing support for undertaking skin biopsies, lumbar punctures and the intravenous delivery of study medicines.

This post would suit someone newly qualified or with an interest in pursuing a career in clinical research. Clinical experience within the field of mental health is desirable; but not essential. This role provides opportunities to develop, gain experience and knowledge in the field of mental health and neuroscience clinical research. As a development role, this post would be ideal for those interested in choosing a career pathway in clinical research. This post has been created with a view to being supported to develop and progress into a Band 6 Clinical Research Nurse position within a year of successful professional development. Secondment opportunities will be considered for this role.

The ability to work confidently under supervision is essential.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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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Cheryl Pavel (CRF team lead) via email on