Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, staff pride themselves on not only leading through clinical excellence, but also by creating an environment where all staff are valued and appreciated. To achieve this, the Trust has embarked on an exciting new strategy focused on continuous improvement.

Our vision is to improve the lives of our community and provide excellence in healthcare, through partnership and innovation

Our High Performance Culture will support everyone to be the best version of themselves by being true to our Trust vision, values and behaviors.

We welcome applications from colleagues from our local and neighbouring communities of all backgrounds and identities, who are currently under-represented within our region such as Black, Asian, Minority ethnic and those with disabilities.

As a region we are reviewing the way we work, and exploring how new working practices that support flexible working can create a positive work-life balance. As part of our recruitment process we will explore how our inclusive employment policies, flexible working, staff engagement forums, Trust facilities and services can be of mutual benefit.

Job overview

Are you interested in clinical research? Would you like to be part of a nationally recognised team supporting clinical studies that could shape the future of medical treatment? 

We are one of only a handful Hyperacute Stroke Research Centres (HSRC’s) in the country and we are looking for a forward thinking, enthusiastic and self-motivated nurse to work as part of the Acute 
Medicine Clinical Research Delivery Team. As a valued member of staff you will have the opportunity to be involved in different types of NIHR studies and you will help to drive the Stroke and Acute Medicine portfolio activity. 

We have an ongoing commitment to studies exploring the treatment and prevention of Covid-19. The post holder will be expected to support these, and future infectious diseases studies, as a member of the wider Acute and General Medicine Research Delivery Team.

You will need to have recent (and min 2 years) experience in a relevant NHS acute care setting, be comfortable with unpredictability and be able to respond appropriately in a timely way e.g. if called 
to ED.

You will need to be willing to work flexibly in terms of hours and duties to meet service needs (including out of hours if protocol dictates) to ensure safe recruitment into trials and to meet study patient care requirements. Cross site working between Countess of Chester and Ellesmere Port 
hospitals are also an expectation.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be responsible for the day to day running of their assigned NIHR Portfolio studies as well as positively contributing to team objectives.

Excellent communication and team playing skills are vital as you will work closely with existing team members and play a pivotal role in the screening, clinical assessment, recruitment and follow up of patients.

A key aspect of the role is collaborative working. You will therefore need to be able to show initiative and confidence in the ability to interact with individuals at all levels. You will need to be able to autonomously plan, adapt and manage competing priorities and support the developmental needs of colleagues and any direct reports.

Good IT skills are essential as well as the ability to work to tight deadlines, a high standard of accuracy and good attention to detail.

Experience of clinical research would be advantageous however not essential as we can provide comprehensive training and support for the right individual with clinical experience who is up to the challenge and who can demonstrate a keen interest and basic understanding of clinical research in practice.

 A basic IT skills test will be conducted at time of interview. Informal visits are encouraged.

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