Clinical Research Team Leader (Clinical Research Facility)

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The closing date is 24 January 2022

Job summary

The Research and Development team are seeking a Team Leader for the Clinical Research Facility (St. Stephen's Centre, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital). We are looking for a dynamic individual who has a combination of clinical research and leadership experience.

This would be an excellent opportunity for an experienced research nurse who is motivated and enthusiastic to join a friendly, driven team as we continue to develop our Clinical Research Facility portfolio, which includes Phase 1, 2 and 3 studies (Commercial, NIHR and Investigator Initiated Awards). Experience in the field of HIV and infectious diseases an advantage but not essential. The successful candidate will be fully supported by both colleagues in the CRF and in the wider research team.

Main duties of the job

The Clinical Research Team Leader will support the aims of the Trust Research Strategy by facilitating the delivery of high quality research in the Clinical Research Facility (CRF) and outlying sexual health clinics.

The post holder will be a recognised expert in the field of clinical research, including phase I and 2 trials.

He/she will be a dynamic and positive leader and role model within the team, demonstrating an ability to think creatively and flexibly, with a firm ability to prioritise and stay calm under pressure. The post holder will provide expert support to colleagues through the research study process, from feasibility, to clinical pathways and study delivery and have extensive experience in all aspects of commercially funded research.

He/she will work collaboratively other members of the research team and act as an expert resource for clinical colleagues, research participants and patients.

The post holder will ensure that any research undertaken safeguards the well-being of research participants and is conducted in line with ICH Good Clinical Practice.

Clinical research nurse leadership, with approximately 80% clinical research nursing and 20% team management and leadership including recruitment and retention, training and mentoring.

About us

We provide services from two main hospitals, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, and a number of clinics across London and the South-East.

We have over 6,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people. Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children's, in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We're one of the safest and best performing Trusts in the country. We're also one of the top trusts to work for - our staff say they're engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

In 2020 Trust was rated by the Care Quality Commission as Outstanding in the well-led and use of resources domains and Good in the safe, effective, caring, and responsive domains. The Trust as a whole was Good, but the Chelsea site was Outstanding.

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing around £10 million a year in our estate. We are currently spending £25 million on expanding our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminster and redevelopment of our children's unit at West Middlesex - in partnership with our charity, CW+ and generous donors.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical & Research

  • To facilitate efficient, safe and participant focused research including screening procedures, biological sample collection, and all clinical observations required to ensure and maintain patient safety before, during and after the research visit.
  • To take responsibility for ensuring patient facing equipment is maintained in line with Trust policy
  • To ensure all research staff (registered and unregistered) practice safely according to Trust policy, including the facilitation and recording of all mandatory and specific study related training.
  • To ensure biological samples are kept according to GCP and Trust standards.
  • To review new studies and work with the CRF Clinical Lead and manager on initial study feasibility.
  • To lead on the set up, coordination and management of the CRF portfolio of clinical research studies
  • Demonstrate sound knowledge of the life cycle of a research project from inception to study close out and performing all clinical protocol related tasks independently to include
  • Provide comprehensive advice and guidance on matters relating to research ethics and governance
  • Take an active role in contributing to local recruitment strategies, identifying required workforce and skill mix to deliver local portfolio
  • Ensure Good Clinical Practice and research governance standards for clinical research are adhered and maintained
  • Act as an expert resource for staff, researchers and research participants, providing an in-depth knowledge of aspects pertinent to acquiring and maintaining informed consent.
  • To facilitate the informed consent process and contributes to the monitoring of consent procedures
  • Ensure the processes and procedures for participant confidentiality are developed and adhered to according to Trust policy.
  • To be responsible for the delivery teams compliance of data ensuring study data is collated and transferred in a timely manner
  • To identify barriers to recruitment and implement necessary action plan
  • To act as a knowledgeable resource for staff and researchers on matters relating to clinical practice and research, promoting an active and effective research culture.
  • To use specialist knowledge to manage the clinical research team, prioritising workload according to changing needs in line with local and national guidelines
  • In conjunction with the Principle Investigator provide a suitable and safe environment for the physical and psychological well-being of staff, patients and their relatives
  • To delegate tasks and activities to a range of team members in relation to ensuring safe planning and care of patient
  • To recognise and act on concerns raised if research deviates from the study protocol or the study design conflicts with legal requirements
  1. Operational Management
  • Provide professional and clinical leadership to the research teams
  • To be a key player in the feasibility process of new studies in the CRF.
  • To take a lead role in the study set up process, being aware of research costs and support the speedy set up of gaining local permission for research studies
  • To lead on ensuring studies meet time and target, identifying barriers to recruitment and implementing and monitoring action plans
  • To ensure research study costs are recorded in a timely manner and attributed to the appropriate cost centre
  • To initiate and develop Standard Operating Procedures within your department
  • To ensure effective communication systems are in place for staff and to facilitate timely information flows to internal and external stakeholders
  • To ensure study records and trial files are maintained and kept up-to-date
  • To ensure all clinical study documentation is presented accurately with localised headings and correct version numbers
  • To ensure clinical study amendments are processed according to local policy
  • To ensure the clinical research recruitment records are accurately maintained and research staff are informed of the progress in accordance with trust policy
  • To ensure that clinical studies are effectively archived as required
  1. Leadership, Staff Management
  • Provide research and clinical leadership across the whole spectrum of the research pathway
  • Actively raise the profile of clinical research by educating clinical staff and patients about research
  • To ensure all nursing staff are registered with the appropriate nursing body and all staff have the appropriate skills to undertake clinical research tasks
  • To provide professional, supportive leadership with underpins the trusts values and behaviours
  • To ensure and monitor adherence to the full range of trust policies and procedures
  • To ensure all staff under your line management have annual personal and professional development review (PDR) according to local policy
  • To lead on recruitment and retention initiatives and recruit new staff in line with local policy
  • Monitor and support trust policies and procedures, i.e. sickness and absence, grievances and disciplinary
  • Maintain your own personal and professional development keeping updated with current practice
  • Lead in the education and support of health care professionals to enable them to care for research participants
  • To maintain effective communication and working relationships with all internal and external research members
  • Maintain an awareness of changes within the health service and the implications of these for clinical research
  • Lead and attend team, local and national meetings as appropriate
  • To support student nurses/midwives and AHPs on placement

Person Specification



  • Health professional registration or first degree in life sciences
  • Master's Degree or equivalent experience
  • Teaching qualification or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of on-going personal and professional development


  • Leadership training/education



  • Experience of all aspects of clinical trials from selection to close out
  • Extensive experience of leading on Phase 1 & 2 studies
  • Current research nursing experience within a Clinical Research Facility at Band 6
  • Understanding of the Research Governance Framework and ICH GCP
  • Experience and understanding of change management and facilitation of these processes
  • Experience of representing the team at internal and external meetings/forums
  • Experience of supervision of junior staff and Human Resources process

Personal attributes


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to problem solve and think creatively
  • Demonstrates professionalism, commitment and an enthusiasm for change and growth

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.

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

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Chelsea & Westminster Hospital (CRF)

369 Fulham Rd


SW10 9NH

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For help with your application, contact:

Serge Miodragovic


Date posted

10 January 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7


£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum incl. HCAS


Fixed term


18 months

Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital (CRF)

369 Fulham Rd


SW10 9NH

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