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Executives / VSM: Executives / VSM
Fixed term: 3 years
  • Part time
  • Job share
  • Flexible working
  • Home or remote working
18.75 hours per week (5 PAs)
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The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Employer type
£82,096 - £110,683 5 PAs
Salary period
15/04/2021 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy CRN West Midlands Clinical Director

Executives / VSM: Executives / VSM



Job overview

As part of a national network of NIHR CRN leaders, individual LCRN leaders will drive the clinical research agenda, which is one of national importance. The leadership roles in each LCRN are both high-profile and demanding and leaders will be expected to be ambassadors for the NIHR. As well as a passion for bringing clinical research opportunities to the local population, LCRN leaders require an in-depth understanding of how the local health and social care providers "work", an ability to forge and maintain productive partnerships across organisational boundaries, and the tenacity to deliver stretching targets in challenging environments. As well as being respected across their geographical patch, LCRN leaders will also be key players in an organisation with an international reputation for innovation and achievement in the field of clinical research delivery.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will lead the development of LCRN clinical research activity, encouraging local clinicians to participate in NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies building upon local clinical strengths and research interests and priorities. The Clinical Director also has line management of the Chief Operating Officer who is accountable for the operational management of the LCRN.

Working for our organisation

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the West Midlands providing primary, acute and community services and we are incredibly proud of the diversity of both our staff and the communities we serve. We welcome the rich diversity that exists within our communities and workforce and are building a workforce that can help us to realise our values, improve quality of care for patients, and solve the health care problems of tomorrow. We are passionate about the value that diversity of thinking and lived experience brings in enabling us to become a learning organisation and leader in delivering compassionate care for our patients.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Clinical Director is a high-profile regional post. The Clinical Director will be a strategic clinician with experience in leading highly talented clinical staff to deliver effectively to goals and targets. The LCRN is complex, diverse and ambitious, and the Clinical Director must be able to work flexibly and effectively in a developing organisation, to manage change, and to support others to deliver measurable results that make the NIHR CRN vision a reality. It is essential that candidates demonstrate their achievements, ability and expertise

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Experience as a clinical investigator
  • Experience in development of individuals who are new to research to becoming active as a PI or CI
  • Experience of undertaking research in a health or care setting


Essential criteria
  • Effective leadership, flexibility, and change management skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • proven ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Higher specialist training in a medical discipline or equivalent professional training
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of Committee work, including as Chair
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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Professor Sultan Mahmud
Job title
Chief Innovation, Integration & Research Officer
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