NIHR Clinical Research Facility Sister/Charge Nurse

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

The closing date is 27 January 2022

Job summary

Are you looking for a new challenge working within the clinical research profession?

We are seeking an enthusiastic, flexible and self-motivated registered nurse to join our friendly, dynamic Research and Development Nursing Team. Together with other team members the post holder will provide a Research Nursing Service for the Clinical Research Facility (CRF) specialising in Early Phase/Experimental Research, based predominantly at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire

The Research Sister/Charge Nurse will lead on complex studies and manage a caseload of their own together with supporting other studies within the bounds of their registration. They will be expected to participate in the recruitment of patients into clinical research, including clinical trials of drugs and new interventions within set time limits. When working on clinical trials the post holder will monitor patients and observe for side effects, reporting according to set protocols. An important aspect of the role is the maintenance of accurate and comprehensive records of data derived from the research studies. Therefore the post holder will require excellent documentation, organisational and time management skills.

Whilst previous experience in clinical research would be an advantage, applications are welcomed from candidates with solid nursing experience according to the job specification and who can show evidence of continuing professional development and a willingness to learn.

Main duties of the job

The Research Sister/Charge Nurse role involves using an in-depth knowledge of the clinical speciality, as part of the clinical research team to support the safe conduct of research in accordance with the regulatory and legal frameworks relating to the planning, undertaking and closure of research studies and provide assurance that the rights, safety and well-being of trial participants are protected.

The post holder will be supported through a comprehensive training/competency package as appropriate to the job role and will be expected to lead the co-ordination of an agreed portfolio of commercial and non-commercial clinical trials and research studies.

The post requires the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with the research team members, clinical teams, industry partners and external regulatory bodies. It is also expected that the post holder will be flexible with hours of work as required to ensure that we are offering a service that best suits the needs of our patients.

The job holder may be required to carry out other similar or related duties within their bounds of registration which do not fall within the work outlined which may reasonably be required to deliver a comprehensive research service to our patients. The Line Manager, in consultation with the post holder will undertake any review.

About us

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are extremely proud of our employees across our hospital sites, with high quality patient care at the heart of everything we do.

Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a worldwide leader in healthcare.

By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. There has never been a better time to join our team.

The Trust is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience, and different perspectives available in our diverse society. We want everyone to feel they are respected, valued, can achieve their potential and receive the most appropriate and relevant care. We will create an environment where the equality and human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of the organisation's core values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Ensure care to patients is delivered according to Trust policies and procedures and the research protocol
  • Co-ordinate the care of own case load of clinical trial / research patients in addition to oversight of junior team members caseload
  • Work unsupervised in all areas related to clinical trials and research studies and supervise the work of junior team members.
  • Attend Multi-disciplinary Meetings, and appropriate clinics, to assess volunteers/patients for eligibility for research and recruit new patients, to act as a resource to the members of the MDT. Communicate information regarding clinical decisions to patients, carers and the MDT as required.
  • Ensure that trial specific clinical investigations / procedures are undertaken as required by the research protocol in order to establish eligibility and maintain safety in the trial.
  • Take relevant samples as required by the study protocol such as blood samples, package and dispatch as defined. Ensure safe and appropriate storage of specimens in accordance with trial protocols and regulatory / Trust guidance.
  • With relevant training and assessment of competence, working within scope of professional practice, undertake clinical procedures / administer treatments associated with the research treatment regimes.
  • Ensure the safe administration of treatments and drugs that are given within the context of a clinical trial.
  • Monitor treatment toxicity/side effects reporting to the relevant personnel, recording as required assisting in any required changes to treatment as required by the protocol.
  • Record and report adverse events which occur whilst patient is in the clinical trial to the relevant personnel and act as required.
  • Report and record serious adverse events that occur whilst the patient is being treated on a clinical trial to the trial co-coordinator/PI and relevant local personnel/regulatory authorities in a timely manner.
  • Maintain accurate documentation of patients events in nursing/medical notes. Accurately document data collected into case report forms either paper or electronically.
  • Provide on-going information, education and support to patients (and their significant others) regarding clinical trials and their care. Manage difficult and or unexpected situations arising in the clinical area (i.e. bad news).
  • Provide on-going follow up care whilst patient is in the clinical trial / research studies.
  • Refer to other specialists as required in order to provide optimal patient care.
  • Act as the primary point of contact for the participant.
  • Participate in service and policy development.
  • Provide support / cover for colleagues in their absence.

For further details of the role please see the attached job description.

Candidates must have a current NMC registration to continue with the application.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity please contact Eleanor Sear Senior Research Sister on 0247696558 or Tracy Gazeley CRF Manager on 02476 966201

In accordance with changes in the law, from 1st April 2022, all NHS staff will be required to have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (unless exempted on medical grounds). Consequently, UHCW NHS Trust has decided that, wef 1st February 2022, all new starters must have had both vaccination doses before they can commence their employment with the Trust: only those with medical exemptions may be excluded from this requirement. Please consider this mandatory requirement before submitting an application for this position.

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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

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

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

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust


University Hospitals Coventry

Clifford Bridge Road



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For help with your application, contact:

Eleanor Sear


Date posted

13 January 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 6


£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum



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Job locations

University Hospitals Coventry

Clifford Bridge Road



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