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Research Facilitator

Band 6

Main area
Research & Development
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
20/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

The Research and Development Department at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust are looking for a research facilitator who will take responsibility for the smooth set-up of research across the trust. A key responsibility of the role is to ensure the timely set-up and prioritisation of NIHR portfolio studies across the division specialties. The role is varied as it includes working with several teams that includes finance, commercial and non-commercial work streams.  You will  work with a variety of colleagues to provide an efficient and customer focused service


University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and University of Southampton partnership is recognised as a centre of excellence in clinical research securing research funding in excess of £30m per annum. With state of the art clinical research facilities opened in 2010, the Trust, in partnership with the University is making excellent progress in achieving its aim of being one of the top

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. 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. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


As a Research Facilitator you will work closely with the divisional research teams, investigators and senior managers to deliver the UHS R&D strategy. This will include:

  • Acting as a specialist for researchers setting up studies in the trust
  • Maintaining comprehensive knowledge of resources to support study development
  • Supporting with the regular collection of data and reporting on performance metrics
  • Deputising for the Divisional Research Manager


This post requires a dynamic, out-going person since a key aim in the role will be to develop relationships with researchers and to identify how best to support their studies. Good IT skills would be advantageous and the successful applicant should be able to provide evidence of continuing professional development.

The following skills and experience are required for this post:

  • An understanding of R&D issues in the NHS
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent IT skills, particularly in the use of web applications
  • Project management
  • A flexible approach to work and the ability to adjust workload to changing priorities


Interviews will be held on Thursday, 29 April 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Clinical/scientific degree or equivalent demonstrable experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training within the last 2 years
  • Experience of critical appraisal of research evidence/evidence based medicine


Essential criteria
  • Postgraduate experience of Research management and governance within a healthcare setting
  • Thorough understanding of the systems and processes which are used to support the delivery of high quality clinical care in a research environment
  • An understanding of R&D issues in the NHS
  • Knowledge of research governance and quality assurance systems to ensure safe systems for patients
  • Project management
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in a large teaching hospital or University
  • Commercial research experience
  • Previous experience in using IRAS or NRES databases for R&D applications


Essential criteria
  • Enthusiastic, resolute and flexible approach to work
  • Extensive IT and IS skills including Microsoft Office
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal with the ability to communicate with different professions, both internal and external
  • Ability to concentrate for sustained periods
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Dedicated team worker with the ability to influence using different management styles
  • Ability to work to deadlines and manage a diverse workload
  • Ability to plan and co-ordinate workload according to changing priorities
  • Ability to deliver feedback in a positive, constructive manner
  • Confidence in making decisions when dealing with competing priorities
  • Ability to analyse complex study situations to ensure correct interpretation is made
  • Ability to work autonomously with minimal supervision
  • Ability to recognise own professional boundaries
  • Personal commitment to working for the benefit of patients; and a strong commitment to public service values
  • Dedicated and professional approach to work
  • Committed to providing high quality research services to the wider research community
  • Friendly and committed attitude
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Reliable and accurate
  • Well motivated and evidence of an ability to use own initiative and make decisions
  • Ability to exercise independence and judgement in the arrangement of clinical research management across a complex organisational structure, albeit within laid down policy and procedures
Desirable criteria
  • Critical appraisal and analytical skills for interpreting qualitative and quantitative information
  • Knowledge of EDGE as a RM&G tool
  • Experience of delivery training


Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Patients First
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Always Improving
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Working Together
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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Chloe Sayce
Job title
Divisional Research Manager
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023 8120 4901

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