Community Research Nurse

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust

The closing date is 07 February 2022

Job summary

Would you like to take the next step in your nursing career and support the delivery of world class health research to improve peoples lives? An exciting opportunity has arisen within the National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN), for two Research Nurses to join the CRN Eastern team, based at West Pottergate Medical Health Centre. Posts are hosted by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.

As part of the team you would be working in a range of non-hospital settings (e.g. primary care, community services, care homes, schools) to support and champion health and social care research.

The role involves recruiting participants into a wide range of research studies, receiving informed consent, conducting study procedures and the collection of baseline and follow up data in accordance with ICH GCP. The role can also involve office based work at times. You will be required to travel across the locality and wider throughout the Eastern region.

Main duties of the job

You must be a Registered Nurse (with valid NMC) and possess excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills. Previous experience as a Research Nurse is highly desirable, but not essential as training can be provided. Clinical experience is important.

Main responsibilities involve identifying, recruiting, educating and monitoring patients and participants in health and social care research studies and to collect and document accurate data.

The role involves using an in depth knowledge of study protocols and their application in practice alongside a working knowledge and compliance with local and national research regulations.

The post will require some flexible working in order to meet the requirements of recruitment and the research protocol and possibly some unsocial hours.

About us

The Research Nurse will be a member of the CRN Eastern Direct Delivery Team based at West Pottergate, Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.

The post holder will work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders across a range of sites and with key services at NCH&C. Collaboration with researchers and other network staff in the primary, community, secondary care and non-NHS setting will be required. From time to time the post holder may be required to work across other locality areas, depending on services.

Applicants should have a positive enthusiastic approach to working in a community setting. All post holders are required to adhere to the Trusts Behaviour Framework in the undertaking of their duties.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive training programme and on-going support, actively encouraging continuing professional development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties & Responsibilities

Professional Responsibilities

  • To work with the NMC Code of Conduct and scope of professional conduct
  • To be responsible for developing and sustaining own knowledge, clinical skills and professional awareness including clinical supervision.
  • To conduct research in accordance with relevant guidelines such as ICH GCP Guidelines, EU Clinical Trials Directive and Research Governance Framework in order to protect the research participants and quality of each study.
  • To attend courses, meetings and conferences as deemed relevant
  • To ensure that the CRN wide standards are maintained and monitored to improve the quality of care of care to all those who come in contact with the service.


  • To organise workload to ensure that the interest of the research participants are met.
  • To prioritise patient safety and accurate data collection in line with GCP principles
  • To work within and monitor the standards of care as defined in the research protocols, policies and procedures of the CRN Eastern to ensure adherence to and delivery of high quality service.
  • To contribute to the development of policies and procedures of the CRN Eastern and within NCH&C, to ensure that clinical practice is underpinned by current best practice.
  • To support the safe administration of treatments and drugs given within the context of a clinical trial.
  • To ensure that trial specific investigations are undertaken as required by the trial protocol.
  • With appropriate training, to take clinical samples for studies, and ensure the processing and storage and dispatch of biological samples meets the requirements of the research protocol in order to make certain that safe handling and quality is assured.
  • To maintain effective communication with research participants their relatives/carers and members of the multi-disciplinary teams
  • To ensure data is recorded accurately and in accordance with regulatory requirements in appropriate study documentation.


  • To ensure all projects are approved at Trust level and are in receipt of Research Ethical favourable opinion, before patients are approached with research projects.
  • To provide support to investigators in obtaining approvals To become familiar with each research protocol and its application in practice including procedures and documentation to ensure safe and accurate conduct and recording within the study.
  • To identify, screen and recruit eligible participants into research studies according to specific protocols and guidelines.
  • To co-ordinate recruitment for a local portfolio of health and social care studies across participating sites.
  • To provide information, education and support to clinical/non-clinical team members, regarding research studies.
  • To facilitate the informed consent process ensuring the following is accounted for:
    • The participant (and significant others) fully understands the nature of the research trial.
    • The participant is aware that entry into the trial is voluntary and they can withdraw at any point without prejudice.
    • The participant is aware of any extra procedures required by the trial.
    • The consent form is completed accurately and filed as required.
  • To disseminate up to date information, protocol amendments etc to personnel working on research projects.
  • To be responsible for monitoring trial data/accrual in research studies and uploading to EDGE system in a timely manner.
  • To identify barriers to recruitment to studies and ensure that the Community Research Manager is aware of them. Identify and implement action/plans as required.

Decisions and judgements

  • To make clinical and professional autonomous decisions on a daily basis
  • To provide clinical and professional advice to the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To make an assessment of the subjects condition to establish if necessary the appropriate action and future participation in the study.
  • To act in the best interest of the research participants to ensure their rights are upheld when identifying screening and recruiting participants into trials/research studies
  • To recognise that freedom to act is guided by precedent and clearly defined protocols and procedures and codes of conduct in accordance with CCG and CRN-EoE policies, NMC Code of Conduct, ICH GCP, Research Governance, EU Clinical Trials Directive, Mental Capacity Act, and Data Protection Act.


  • To liaise closely with other CRN Eastern Research Nurses and Network Facilitators within and across the localities
  • To liaise with key identified personnel and support services within NCH&C To provide information and education about research in the Trust and CRN-EoE and its research projects to interested parties.
  • To communicate with research participants, their relatives/carers and with the multi-disciplinary team involved in the provision of care associated with the research study.
  • To communicate effectively with all stakeholders.
  • To work as an effective team members with the aim of maximising participant recruitment to NIHR adopted studies within time and target.


  • To attend Trust and CRN Eastern meetings as required
  • To attend meetings relating to specific research projects as necessary.
  • To assist with the creation of relevant Trust research training packages.
  • To cover duties of other Research Nurses when required.
  • To undertake any other duties, which may be required from time to time, as are consistent with the responsibilities of the grade and needs of the service.

Person Specification



  • oRGN educated to degree level or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of continuous personal and professional and academic development


  • Attended ICH GCP Training
  • Aware of Current legislation regarding research governance issues
  • Knowledge of Research design and methods: understanding of the analytical process



  • Experience of collaborating with other agencies
  • Project management experience
  • Working with patients/service users


  • Experience working in a healthcare setting
  • Experience of running concurrent research studies with minimal supervision according to GCP



  • Effective listening and interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to achieving objectives of Trust and CRN Self-motivated.
  • Ability to work autonomously using own initiative and as a member of a small team as well as wider multi-disciplinary team
  • Able to organise, prioritise and co-ordinate work of self and others where there are conflicting demands and workload pressures


  • Ability to write reports
  • Presentation and teaching skills



  • Persuasive manner: able to establish positive working relationships with range of healthcare professionals, NHS managers and university staff
  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English Language



  • Must hold full and valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle

Personal Attributes


  • Must be able to deal with the public and colleagues in a pleasant manner at all times
  • Able to be calm and diplomatic under pressure
  • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults

Personal and People Development


  • Ability to work across boundaries
  • Experience managing junior members of a team or learners in the work place

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

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


West Pottergate Health Centre

Earlham Road



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For help with your application, contact:

Joanna Watts


Date posted

02 December 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 6


£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum


Fixed term


24 months

Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

West Pottergate Health Centre

Earlham Road



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