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Senior Research Nurse

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

• Responsible for the operational delivery of the clinical research team work-plan within the relevant specialties. 

• Manage research performance within the relevant specialty in relation to team activities and study timelines. 

• Collaborate with other Trusts and organisations within the region to improve research delivery. 

• Take a leading role in the delivery of a clinical trial portfolio relevant to the specialty and ensure a balanced portfolio of studies. 

• Ensure that the delivery of studies meet requirements with regards to the Department of Health’s Research Governance Framework for Health & Social Care and the EU Clinical Trials Directive by implementing quality systems. 

• Take a leading role in the care of research participants within the relevant sphere of practice and use opportunities to provide health promotion and patient education.

• Use relevant clinical knowledge to screen and identify patients suitable for clinical research using inclusion and exclusion criteria and utilising NHS records, screening clinics, visiting wards and outpatients and using Trust IT systems and databases.

• Clinical knowledge within a relevant sphere of practice is required to enable screening against specified inclusion/exclusion criteria for recruitment.

About the Role

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you're starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

About Us

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

We are looking for an enthusiastic Senior Nurse to join our team to work mainly in the Haematology/Cancer section of our Specialist Team.  Working within Clinical Trials is a challenging yet rewarding role which involves leading on studies that will potentially impact on patient treatments of the future. The Research & Development Team are close knit team and working with us offers a good work life balance as we mainly work normal working/office hours.

We are looking for somebody who has the relevant clinical experience or research experience within clinical trials. 

Consideration would be given to a Band 5 with the relevant experience and qualifications.

Working Pattern: Monday to Friday 09.00-17.00, there will be some flexibility with hours and there may be some requirement to work evenings or at a weekend, this would be dependent on the trial and the patient availability but is not the norm.

Interview Date: TBC

For further information please contact Jane Hall - or Stephanie Estcourt - 

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

It’s never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you'll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

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