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Clinical Trials Assistant

NHS AfC: Band 4

Main area
Research and Development
NHS AfC: Band 4
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£21,892 - £24,157 per annum
04/06/2020 23:59
Interview date

We have an exciting opportunity to apply for a full time permanent Clinical Trials Assistant, based in the NIHR Clinical Research Facility at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) NHS Foundation Trust. This role will provide regular contact with children and their families and will involve research that will make a real difference to future patient care. The post holder will work as a member of the Children’s research team, supporting both clinical and administrative aspects of children’s research studies. The role includes identifying eligible patients, helping to recruit and monitor participants, collecting samples, recording the research data and maintaining clinical trial records.


Our award winning Paediatric Research Team consists of 29 Research Nurses, Midwives and Clinical Trials Assistants, working together to bring exciting research opportunities to UHS for the benefit of our patients and for the future of healthcare.

The paediatric research nursing team work across all specialties within The Children’s hospital and out in the community.

You will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of studies with regular contact with patients and healthy volunteers that will make a real difference to future patient care.  The well-being and safety of our research patients/ participants is at the heart of all we do as is our confidence that the data we provide is accurate and reproducible.

There is no set shift rotation and the majority of the time you will work Monday to Friday 8-4pm; however we expect that you will also work a variety of flexible hours including long days, nights, and weekends on an adhoc basis as per your research study requirements.

The CRF has adult and paediatric ward beds plus consulting rooms, a physiology lab, temperature-humidity controlled room and a bronchoscopy suite. Majority of research patients come from the Wessex region however the CRF is a national dosing centre for advanced therapy medication so patients come from all over the country for this treatment.

The CRF is award winning with many of our nurses winning posters at national and international conferences, and wining prizes in national competitions in pharmacology and in nursing. The CRF is supported by its own education team and with close links to the University of Southampton; there are lots of opportunities to develop your career academically or professionally.


  • Provide clinical support for trials and research studies.

  • Provide administrative and data management support.

  • Coordinate volunteer recruitment and management in clinical trials.

  • Work collaboratively with research nurses in providing specialist research and clinical care to research participants.

  • Assist in implementation of research programmes.

  • Provide patient care and record patient information


We are looking for someone with a keen interest/experience in paediatric clinical research, ideally with skills in venesection and performing vital signs observations.

You will have good interpersonal, communication, organisation and time management skills are required, as is an ability to work independently and flexibly. 

You will need to have an excellent level of written and verbal communication skills, and good IT skills, with some knowledge of managing data on spreadsheets.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.               

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Monday, 15 June 2020.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

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Applicant requirements

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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Louise Haskell

Children’s Senior Research Sister

02381 203135

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