Rare Disease Clinical Research Nurse

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
February 15, 2024
Offerd Salary:€51,933
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Post Date : 25-Jan-2024 Close Date : 15-Feb-2024

Job Title: Rare Disease Clinical Research Nurse

Department: RCSI Clinical Research Centre (CRC), Beaumont Hospital Campus.

Reporting to: Project PI RCSI Prof Peter Conlon or nominee

Location: RCSI Clinical Research Centre, Smurfit Building, Beaumont Hospital

Contract/Duration: Specified purpose contract for up to 3 years

Schedule: 39 hours per week (Normally within the hours of 08.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday as agreed - This role may require flexibility on occasion).


  • Year 1 €51,933
  • Year 2 €54,461
  • Year 3 €57,505
  • Closing Date: Feb 15th 2024

    Summary of Post

    The Rare Disease Research Catalyst Consortium is a group of Irish-based healthcare workers, researchers and patients working together to

  • increase the influence of rare disease patients in RD research and policy
  • increase Irish engagement with national and international networks including the Rare Disease Clinical Trial Network and ERNs
  • build rare disease research activity and excellence in Ireland, enabling engagement with the upcoming European Rare Disease Partnership and
  • open and extend communications within Ireland and with international stakeholders to further these aims
  • These are the RDCat objectives:

  • Patient and Public Involvement: Increase patient participation, influence, diversity in rare disease research and research design at Irish and International level
  • Networking & Collaboration: Increase the number, activity, involvement and engagement of Irish researchers in local, national and international rare disease research collaborations and networks, including European reference networks
  • Research Excellence: Increase the amount and quality of rare disease research conducted in Ireland and with Irish contribution internationally
  • Impact through Communication: Increase the communication between local, national and international rare disease researchers in order to achieve the other objectives of the consortium
  • We now seek a Rare Disease Clinical Research Nurse to join the Beaumont Hospital CRC Team. The Rare Disease Clinical Research Nurse will be central to ensuring the efficient and effective delivery of the research activities and will be a representative of the Rare Disease Research Catalyst Consortium, engaging with rare disease patients as well as the cooperating research studies and European Initiatives.

    This position involves coordination and management, the role holder will require excellent time management and organisational skills, tact and discretion in handling sensitive information and the ability to work in a collegial manner. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who can demonstrate a keen interest in the role of clinical research nurse to become a key member of a dynamic research team in an innovative and progressive research environment.

    Specifically, the duties of the post are:

  • To work to the CRC standard operating procedures for clinical trials and academic research.
  • Be responsible for the organisation and management of the Rare Disease Catalyst project at Beaumont Hospital.
  • Work with Beaumont investigators to coordinate contributions (registries and data protection assessments) to EU rare disease efforts hosted/contributed to by Beaumont Hospital (European Reference Networks) including ERKnet. This work will be conducted by liaising with ERN leads/contributors at Beaumont and other rare disease nurses in RDCat.
  • Be competent in the clinical duties delegated to you for the purpose of the study or be willing to train. This may include screening and recruitment of study participants, preform study procedures, chart review, data collection and data entry. Coordinate study visits & follow up, data entry, and safety reporting.
  • Provide nursing knowledge, expertise and care to patients participating in research studies assigned to you.
  • Conduct extensive chart reviews for projects assigned to gather data necessary for the project. Ensure patient confidentiality and dignity is assured and maintained at all times during a clinical trial/research project.
  • Adhere to data protection legislation and follow procedures to ensure confidentiality of the data collected for the project.
  • Adhere to research protocols and standard operating procedures associated with clinical research activities assigned to you.
  • Where relevant, ensure that the processing and storage of biological samples meets the necessary requirements of the research protocol in order to make certain that safe handling and quality is assured
  • Adhere to International Conference on Harmonisation Good Clinical Practice Guidelines and the applicable regulations.
  • Assist the Principal Investigator(s) in delivering study training to other members of the research team or relevant ward staff when applicable, including new team members.
  • Ensure effective communication and liaison with other research staff within the department and the hospital.
  • Play an active role in driving and promoting clinical research projects assigned to you.
  • Take responsibility for establishing and maintenance of clinical research governance documentation, including: site files, case record forms and applicable source data documents.
  • Ensure that all hospital and RCSI governance procedures and approvals have been adhered to and are in place prior to the commencement of all research projects.
  • Attend, arrange and manage collaborator research team meetings as directed by the PI including writing and dissemination of minutes where applicable.
  • Prepare and submit ethics committee applications and any subsequent amendments for assigned studies when required.
  • Communicate with Ethics committees on behalf of the Principal Investigator when required.
  • Adhere to the standard operating procedures and policies for Beaumont Hospital, the Clinical Research Centre and RCSI.
  • Participate in CRC safety, management and quality assurance activities as assigned
  • Carry out other duties as appropriate to the post as may be assigned from time to time by the PI, CRC Director or CRC Director of nursing.
  • You may be part of a research team led by a Senior Clinical Research Nurse, in which case you are expected to work collaboratively with this person to ensure the overall efficiency and performance of assigned research projects.
  • Work with RCSI biobank to ensure biobanking of biological samples
  • Develop family pedigrees in conjunction with clinical team utilising Progeny software
  • Develop key relationships with rare kidney disease investigators within Beaumont hospital.
  • Maintain complete records relating to rare disease groups at Beaumont Hospital
  • Professional development

  • Maintain professional registration.
  • Undertake further education as appropriate to keep updated with changes within the field of your assigned research project/s.
  • Identify nursing research opportunities if possible.
  • Take responsibility for your own professional and competency development, including maintaining a record of training, continuing education and continuing professional development.
  • Attend and participate in:
  • In service and staff education
  • Mandatory RCSI training
  • Mandatory updating of clinical skills e.g. BLS
  • CRC nursing meetings
  • Appropriate outside conferences and/or other professional development activities.
  • Investigator meetings and / or study specific training for assigned studies.
  • ICH GCP Certification / recertification.
  • Quality Assurance

  • Recording study activity tasks on the CRC study manager weekly.
  • Attend CRC management meetings when required.
  • Maintain clinical and administrative records and reporting arrangements.
  • Carry out all activities within the currently applicable SOPs of the CRC.
  • Adhere to the CRC quality management procedures.
  • Candidate Requirements:


  • Successfully completed bachelor's degree level or above nursing education.
  • Must be registered with an appropriate division of The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
  • Significant post registration experience, ideally 3+ years.
  • Evidence of organisational and project management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required to communicate and integrate with patients, clinicians, clinical teams, the extended research team, as well as networks relevant to the project. .
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Highly motivated, with drive and initiative.
  • Good IT skills including Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and internet and email systems.
  • Be willing and able to learn new skills and take on new roles as required by the position.
  • Desireable:

  • Previous experience working as a research nurse.
  • Previous experience in the completion of applications for research ethics approvals.
  • Knowledge of research approvals processes.
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, the development of Patient Information Leaflets and other research documents required for the conduct of a research project.
  • Excellent knowledge of the process for consenting for healthcare research.
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, the development of Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Experience in healthcare data collection.
  • Knowledge of electronic data capture systems.
  • Knowledge of International Conference on Harmonisation Good Clinical Practice Guidelines.
  • Knowledge of the governance and legislative requirements surrounding the conduct of clinical research in Ireland.
  • Experience in phlebotomy and research samples management.
  • We are all too aware that imposter syndrome and the confidence gap can sometimes stop fantastic candidates putting themselves forward, so please do submit an application — we'd love to hear from you.

    Application Process

    Please apply online through the RCSI careers portal before the closing date with your CV and cover letter. #rcsiar

    Informal Enquiries can be directed to Ailbhe Cullen: [email protected] or Prof Peter Conlon: [email protected]

    Employee Benefits

    RCSI make sure you have the resources you need to thrive by offering a wide range of benefits in areas including time away, finance, community, health, and well-being and insuring your financial future. Below are some additional benefits available to you as an RCSI employee:

  • Minimum of 20 days annual leave, plus an additional 6.5 Privilege days
  • Flexible/hybrid working options for colleagues across many roles
  • Additional leave options incl. paid maternity leave, paternity/parental leave, study leave
  • 7% Employer pension contribution
  • Onsite gym €10 per/mth incl. classes and PT sessions
  • Childcare support 20% discount at Giraffe
  • Free eye test and annual flu vaccination
  • TaxSaver commuter tickets and Bike to Work schemes
  • A site sustainability team focusing on the environmental initiatives; Green Campus Initiative '
  • Competitively priced café and restaurant
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion forums, and network groups
  • Employee assistance programme with Spectrum Life
  • Learning and Development training programmes incl. LinkedIn Learning for career progression
  • Discounted services incl. GP visits, 10% off dental, staff parking, mobile tariffs, Group Scheme discount on numerous brands
  • Sports and social club incl. yoga, Pilates, fitness classes, Zumba, running club, social evenings, Summer BBQ
  • Ticket Draws for events including; Rugby, Taste of Dublin, Dublin Horse Show, theatre, music & comedy events
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