CRF Unit Manager/Senior Research Nurse

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated, dynamic and clinically experienced children's nurse to join the Evelina London research team. This pivotal post will be part of the senior management team, acting as a key leader to a team of research professionals within the Paediatric Clinical Research Facilities and will contribute to the achievement of the wider clinical and research related strategic objectives outlined by the Trust and Evelina London.

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Band 6 or an established Band 7 as Clinical Research Facility Manager /Senior Paediatric Research Nurse to lead, along with the Research Matron, a team with an extensive portfolio of NIHR non-commercial and commercial studies across a wide range of specialties.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will possess an excellent range of clinical skills, experience working with children, young people and families and be able to demonstrate significant knowledge of clinical and research governance and experience of supporting clinical research, including the coordination of complex clinical trials, in the NHS setting. You will be responsible for management and leadership of the clinical research facility whilst acting as a knowledgeable resource for the wider research team. The post holder will support the development and implementation of strategies to increase clinical trial activity across the neonatal and paediatric research portfolio as well as develop extensive project management skills, working alongside the Research Matron, as the Evelina London moves to expand capacity within our purpose built Clinical Research Facility. As a skilled communicator, the successful candidate must also possess excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills, acting as an ambassador for promoting evidence based practice and research utilisation.

About us

This post has been created as a consequence of sustained activity in paediatric research. The Trust is one of London's largest recruiting paediatric sites contributing to NIHR Clinical Research Network (NIHR-CRN) supported studies. Currently, all major paediatric subspecialties, with the exception of hepatology and neurosurgery, are located in GSTFT and all areas are engaging in NIHR-CRN supported studies.

The paediatric clinical research team in which this post sits will (a) contribute to the ongoing expansion of research activity and capabilities within Evelina London Children's Hospital. facility (b) facilitate greater paediatric access to the newly built Wolf and Seal Clinical Research Facilities within ELCH, (c) support neonatal research occurring within the Centre for the Developing Brain and d) through working with the existing research nurse pool, promote research activity elsewhere within ELCH and within our partner organisations in Kings Healthcare Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description and person specification attached for an extensive review of job requirements.

Person Specification



  • NMC Registered Nurse (Child)
  • Professional knowledge acquired at degree level and supplemented by specialist training, experience and short courses to master's level equivalent.
  • ICH GCP & EU Clinical Trial Directive Certified
  • Holder of current paediatric intermediate life support qualification and defibrillation skills
  • Evidence of leadership and management development



  • Extensive experience of working within an acute paediatric ward environment as a qualified nurse with previous acute NHS experience
  • Experience of recruiting, educating and monitoring patients within clinical trials
  • Previous experience of change management and problem solving
  • Experience of staff management and development, clinical supervision and mentoring


  • Venepuncture and cannulation trained



  • Knowledge of research governance and regulations (ICH/GCP and EU Directives)
  • Knowledge of clinical trial protocols and their application in practice
  • Able to give advice on the organization and management of the research process
  • Ability to set direction and lead a team of research professionals
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and improvement agenda

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

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From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to 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) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St. Thomas Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road



Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Shelley Mieres


Date posted

18 January 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7


£47,154 to £52,936 a year p.a. inc. HCA



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

St. Thomas Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road



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