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Research Nurse

Band 5

Main area
Research and Development
Band 5
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£24,907 - £30,615 per annum
Salary period
24/01/2021 23:59

Research is a rewarding and patient centred career!

This is an exciting opportunity for nurses to be involved at the forefront of research (including Covid-19 vaccine research) at UHS. The research that we conduct at UHS is focussed on the holistic approach to patient care and significantly contributes to the future progress of healthcare for all.

 We can truly make a difference to an individual’s care and experience within UHS. We strive to ensure that research is considered as a treatment option for all eligible patients and close working with clinical teams and within patients’ clinical pathways ensure that research opportunities and our research teams are expanding


We have a team of around 300 Research Nurses, AHPs, Midwives and Clinical Trials Assistants, working together across the Trust, within our award winning teams to bring exciting research opportunities to UHS for the benefit of our patients and for the future of healthcare.

The Research team is composed of multidisciplinary researchers from hospital and university backgrounds, working in collaboration with clinical services, aiming to deliver a variety of studies to improve patient care and outcomes.

We currently have vacancies for Band 5 research nurses within both our Covid-19 vaccine and clinical research facility adult research nurse teams. These roles come with the expectation that all the successful candidates will be able to work “face-to-face” with COVID-19 suspected or positive patients. In addition within the adult nursing team there will be opportunities to work on research studies in haematology, neurology, new advanced therapy treatments, early phase vaccine studies including first in human clinical trials and human challenge studies. The successful applicants can expect an excellent induction, a friendly working environment, professional support and development opportunities.


This is an exciting opportunity for a Band 5 nurse to start to develop their career in clinical research. This unique role will enable you to develop both your research and clinical skills in the context of delivering an exciting portfolio of vaccine studies across a variety of settings.

Following a robust induction and full research training- as  a Band 5 research nurse you will

  • Be responsible for providing specialist research and clinical care to research participants

  • You will assist in the management, coordination and implementation of research studies

  • You will provide clinical supervision to unregistered staff and students

  • You will work with our experienced and expert team to deliver a variety of vaccine studies.


We are looking for an enthusiastic nurse who is organized, self-motivated and aspires to further their career in clinical research.

You will ideally have experience of clinical research, though this is not essential for the role.

Full research training will be given; we have an excellent induction and ongoing education programme.

Team-working skills, flexibility and drive will be required to ensure the success of this post.

You will need to have an excellent level of written and verbal communication skills, with IT skills being essential.

You will work in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, implementing studies to translate scientific discoveries into improved patient outcomes.

The vaccine studies are delivered across a variety of settings and therefore own transport will be advantageous


We are proud to say that every member of our team has access to a detailed induction and training package specific to their job role and requirements. We have a dedicated education team and supportive leadership structure, that ensures that our staff have the skills and knowledge to care for their patients and be able to undertake research to the highest standards.  More information on the benefits of joining our UHS Clinical Research Team can be seen in the video link at the bottom of the advert. We are in a very fortunate position to be able to build trust and to support our participants with excellent follow-up and continuity of care.

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 Live Well 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.


Currently Southampton is involved in delivering a large portfolio of covid vaccine studies . 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.

Please access our website http://www.uhs.nhs.uk/research to give you some insight into our organisation. Please contact members of staff above if you think this job could be for you.


Interviews will be held on Tuesday 2nd February 2021


Unfortunately at this time we cannot offer informal visits, however we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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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Laura Presland
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Senior Research Sister
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