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Research Nurse/AHP

NHS AfC: Band 5

Main area
Research and Development
NHS AfC: Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (Minimum 22.5 hours over 3 days)
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£24,907 - £30,615 pro rata
Salary period
22/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

We have a unique opportunity at the University Hospital Southampton, NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) for enthusiastic Band 5 Nurses or Allied Health Professionals with the appropriate skills and registration to come and join our Research Team to begin or further a career in clinical research delivery. There a both full time and part time positions available.

About the team

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, embedded and working in collaboration with clinical services and teams, aiming to deliver a variety of studies to improve patient care and outcomes.

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

Working in clinical research you will join an enthusiastic, driven and caring research team, to help provide support to embedded research teams across the trust and within our dedicated NIHR clinical research facility, for new and existing studies. Our team participates in research within many different specialities areas across the trust and in the community i.e. in colleges, universities and patient’s homes. There are currently opportunities to gain knowledge and experience within a number of these specialities.

You will undertake a range of activities including direct patient recruitment, patient assessment, data collection and data entry

Successful applicants may be working for part of their time on these studies which may involve face to face clinical work with COVID-19 patients.

What we're looking for

Enthusiasm, self-motivation, flexibility and drive will be required to ensure the success of this post. You will be involved in all aspects of the research process from study start-up, recruitment and delivery to close out of a study. You will need to have an excellent level of written and verbal communication skills. Good IT skills are advantageous.  You will work in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams, implementing studies to translate scientific discoveries into improved patient outcomes.

No research experience is necessary as all training will be provided by our dedicated research education team; you will undergo a comprehensive induction and full research delivery training with ongoing training in a supportive environment. We are interested in applicants with good clinical experience and a keen willingness to learn. If you are interested in a research role and you are not sure that you have the relevant skills or backgrounds please do get in touch with us to discuss further.

Additional information

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
  • Registered Nurse on relevant part of the register (e.g. NMC)
  • Evidence of on-going professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Specialist qualification. Graduate
  • International Conference on Harmonisation/Good Clinical Practice (ICH/GCP) Certification
  • Venesection and cannulation.


Essential criteria
  • Post registration experience in a relevant clinical speciality
  • NHS experience or equivalent
  • Understanding of personal accountability
  • Logical and consistent work and career pattern
  • Interest in Clinical Research
  • Provide evidence of teaching and supporting learners in practice.
Desirable criteria
  • Clinical Research experience
  • Knowledge of UK Policy Framework for Health & Social Care, International Conference on Harmonisation/Good Clinical Practice (ICH/GCP)
  • Ward / department management experience
  • Experience as an NMC sign-off mentor or clinical practice assessor
  • Experience with NHS IT systems (eCamis, Charts, EDMS)


Essential criteria
  • Good interpersonal, organisation and time management skills.
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • Demonstrate ability to use initiative
  • Conversant in relevant safeguarding policies.
  • IT literate (proficient in Microsoft office applications) Able to understand complex / scientific / medical terminology.

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate resilience and have ability to remain calm and composed in stressful situations.
  • Aware of learning needs

Special requirements

Essential criteria
  • Able to work flexible hours including shifts and night duty rotation.
  • Ability to concentrate in busy office environment and hotdesking
  • Ability to adapt to differing demands within working day / week.


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

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jisha Jacob
Job title
Senior Research Sister
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Simon Smith

Senior Charge Nurse



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