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Breast Services Research Practitioner
NHS AfC: Band 4
  • Full time
  • Home or remote working
37.5 hours per week
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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Employer type
Nottingham Breast Institute
£21,892 - £24,157 per annum
Salary period
18/04/2021 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Research Practitioner for Breast Services

NHS AfC: Band 4

Job overview

Would you like to be part of a friendly team that manages and conducts surgical based research?

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Research Asisstant / Practitioner to join a  busy research team within the Nottingham Breast Institute. If you enjoy a varied workload that includes patient contact, data collection,  research governance and everything in betweeen then this is the job for you.


Main duties of the job

The research team comprises of Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeons, a Research Officer and a Research Assistant who are a part of the larger Breast Services team that are actively engaged with research.

The team manages NIHR portfolio, commerical and NUH sponsered studies. The post holder would be expected to manage all aspects of clincial trials and liaise closely with the clincial team.

We require an enthusiastic person who is self-motivated, adaptable and a team player. Candidates should have experience of working in both office and clinical areas in a research capacity and be able to communicate effectively with patients, external organisations and the wider NUH team.

Working for our organisation

The Breast Services Research Team prides itself on delivering high quality research. The research team works closely with the multidisciplinary teams and works in an embedded way with frontline clinical staff.  Team members have the opportunity to take ownership of their own portfolio of clinical trials whilst being supported by more senior members of the research team who have extensive research and clinical experience.  This allows staff to work in a supported yet autonomous way. We are committed to staff development both as a team and on an individual basis.  The  research team is a key part of the wider Research and Innovation department and our work is therefore part of Trust wide research activity.  Research is seen as a core element of our Trust activity.  Our organisation is known nationally as a forward thinking and innovative organisation in terms of clinical research delivery.  

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This is a Research Practitioner post within the Breast Services Research Team working primarily with Oncoplastic Breast Surgeons, Nurse Practitioners and Breast Nurse Speicalists, with responsibility for all research aspects of each study participant’s care during the duration of the study alongside the wider Breast Team.

The post holder will be expected to organise and facilitate International and National, Commercial and Non-Commercial Trials within the Breast Services research portfolio including study set up.

The post-holder will be expected to work as a member of the team providing a high standard of care to patients participating in research including data entry, assisting with patient care and trial specific tasks.

They will also be responsible for the co-ordination of Clinical Trials, Ethics and R&D approval in compliance with Good Clinical Research Practice and the European Directive.

They will be providing direct support to the Consultants and MDT teams for specific specialised Research procedures.

They will implement, maintain and update relevant data systems in accordance with strict protocol guidelines. 

The post-holder will be required to work mainly within office hours 5 days a week but some flexibility to include cover of clinics / theatre cases may be required.  

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of Clinical Trials
  • Previous recent research / datacollection / data input / clinical audit experience
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of ICH-GCP, Research Governance

Communication and Relationship Skills

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills at a variety of levels
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of communicating and providing emotional support to patients.

Analytical and Judgement skills

Essential criteria
  • Able to assess and interpret clinical/non-clinical information and events in order to determine the appropriate course of action.

Planning and organisation skills

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate an ability to prioritise own workload

Other Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm and a conscientious approach to work,
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of completing IRAS and HRA approvals paperwork
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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

Lisa Brock
Job title
Research Officer
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Additional information

Due to working both from home and in the office please contact me via e mail in the first instance.


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