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
Reporting to: Project PI RCSI Prof Peter Conlon or nominee
Location: RCSI Clinical Research Centre, Smurfit Building, Beaumont
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
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
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
Specifically, the duties of the post are:
To work to the CRC standard operating procedures for clinical trials and
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
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
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
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
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
Work with RCSI biobank to ensure biobanking of biological samples
Develop family pedigrees in conjunction with clinical team utilising
Develop key relationships with rare kidney disease investigators within
Maintain complete records relating to rare disease groups at Beaumont
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
Investigator meetings and / or study specific training for assigned
ICH GCP Certification / recertification.
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.
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.
Previous experience working as a research nurse.
Previous experience in the completion of applications for research ethics
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
Excellent knowledge of the process for consenting for healthcare research.
Knowledge of, or experience in, the development of Standard Operating
Experience in healthcare data collection.
Knowledge of electronic data capture systems.
Knowledge of International Conference on Harmonisation Good Clinical
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.
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]
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
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