We are seeking a highly motivated nurse to join our Neuroinflammatory Phenotypes Research Group (https: // www. gla.ac.uk/schools/infectionimmunity/staff/neilbasu/neuroinflammatoryphenotypesresearchgroup/) and contribute to the broad spectrum of externally funded clinical research studies led by Professors Neil Basu and Jonathan Cavanagh, School of Infection and Immunity. By studying rheumatology patients with inflammatory diseases, our group aims to better understand the role of inflammation in the generation of brain-based symptoms such as depression, pain and fatigue.
In addition to coordinating and conducting several studies, you will be responsible for the promotion of research projects to the wider rheumatology community with the aim of improving participant recruitment to ongoing and future studies. You will work within the guidelines and policies for the conduct of clinical trials, ensuring high standards of practice in accordance with the principles of GCP.
Experience of working with patients who have inflammatory, musculoskeletal, bone and joint diseases is desirable however training can be provided.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. Identify, screen and recruit subjects into research studies to ensure effective achievement of study aims.
2. To perform study specific assessments and investigations in accordance with the study protocol.
3. Practice within the legal and ethical framework established by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and national legislation to ensure patient care is of a consistently high standard and in the patient's best interest.
4.Provide ongoing advice and information to patients and study participants regarding their participation in clinical research in order facilitate effective informed consent.
5. Responsible for the coordination of study visits and the implementation of clinical study protocols within times set out by the study schedule of events.
6. Responsible for inputting of accurate clinical study data into Case Report Forms and electronic CRFs and where appropriate maintaining patient records.
7. Responsible for maintenance of study site files and other research records.
8. Take and process clinical samples (eg venepuncture / cannulation) for studies, coordinate blood and tissue sample collection and dispatch to relevant department or trial centre as appropriate.
9. Raise awareness of proposed and current rheumatology projects within local and wider rheumatology networks to drive current research initiatives with the aim of improving participant recruitment numbers.
10. At all times maintain a professional manner with patients, colleagues, and the wider multi-disciplinary team.
11. Develop in the role by using evidence-based practice and continuously improve own knowledge.
To contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan – World Changers Together.
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
A1. First level 1 year post registration RGN or RMN
A2. Knowledge of ICH GCP Guidelines. Medicines for Human Use Legislation & Research Governance Framework.
A3. Phlebotomy qualification
A4. Demonstrable evidence of good computer literacy (Inc MS Office)
B1. Evidence of continued professional development.
B2. Cannulation qualification
C1. A practical understanding of clinical research methodology, including applicable regulatory requirements.
C2 Demonstrable excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work using own initiative.
C3 Evidence of clinical and technical skills, including venepuncture, IV drug administration
C4 Time management skills and ability to prioritise own workload across sites.
C5 Ability to work in a team within a multidisciplinary environment with minimal supervision
C6 Competent in using a broad range of computerised systems, databases and data sources to support project management, improved communications, information and data dissemination
C7 Planning and organising complex activities which require formulation, adjustment and co-ordination with other professionals within the organisation.
D1. Knowledge and understanding in the practical aspects of study management, including preparation of study documentation in preparation for ethics applications.
D2. Experience of using electronic data capture systems for research management
D3. Experience of the safe handling, preparation, storage and shipping of biological samples
E1. Experience working within multidisciplinary team environment
E2. Ability to prioritise and manage multiple tasks
E3. Experience of explaining complex concepts to patients in a clear and simplified manner
F1. Experience of working within the specialty of rheumatology OR clinical trials
F2. Experience of working with patients who have inflammatory, musculoskeletal, bone and joint diseases
F3. Experience of delivering training to nurses and other healthcare professionals
F4. Experience of obtaining Informed consent
The post holder will be based within University of Glasgow Neuroinflammatory Phenotypes Research Group and be able to cover and co-ordinate study visits and attend outpatient clinics GG&C wide. The post holder will work under the immediate supervision of Miss Maxine Arnott (senior research nurse) and Professor Neil Basu.
This post necessitates internal networking with sponsors, investigators, medical staff, clinic nurses, radiographers, and laboratory staff and research and development office. The post holder will integrate into the Neuroinflammatory Phenotypes Research Group attending trials team meetings and events within the School of Infection and Immunity.
This post is a 30 hours per week contract over 4 days. Due to recruitment demands and timing of protocol related tasks, the post holder must have a degree of flexible about the timing of hours worked.
Planning & Organising
Workload will be generated by the requirements of the on-going research studies and the post holder will have responsibility for managing their own workload. The post is largely self-directed on a day to day basis in terms of time and workload management. Duties will be performed with minimal direct supervision. Support and guidance around workload requirements and priorities will be available via direct Line management.
The post holder will make clinical and professional decisions on a daily basis including the provision of advice to study subjects and members of the research and multi-disciplinary teams.
Acting as the research subjects' advocate to ensure their rights are upheld when identifying, screening and recruiting subjects into the clinical research study.
It is essential to have an understanding of the patient journey and the ability to negotiate and prioritise research time alongside daily care.
Guided by precedent and clearly defined divisional policies, protocol procedures and code of conduct in accordance with NMC regulations, ICH GCP guidelines, Research Governance Framework and the EU clinical trials directive.
Communicate with Investigators on a regular basis regarding subject, study issues and matters raised by other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
The post holder will be expected to communicate and liaise with the research subject and the team involved in the provision of care associated with the research study.
Communicate with the Research and Development Office and Ethic Committees regarding the approval of, management and monitoring of clinical research studies if appropriate.
Participate in professional meetings/conferences related to research studies, training and role development.
Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication with all members of the multi-disciplinary team within own and relevant departments.
The post holder will be expected to resolve most problems on a day-to-day basis. More complex issues will be escalated to the Principal Investigator or Trial Manager. Managing and planning time effectively. Managing multiple and competing priorities. Maintain respect for patient autonomy balanced with meeting study recruitment targets. Maintaining a high level of awareness of other similar or related research studies running locally. To be flexible regarding working hours to accommodate maximal study recruitment.
Practice at all times within the Nursing & Midwifery Code of Professional Conduct (2002) to ensure that the research subject's needs are being met. Develop the role by using evidence based practice and continuously improve own knowledge. Always act within the best interests of the research subjects and be actively involved in ethical matters pertaining to research. Conduct research in accordance with ICH GCP Guidelines, EU Clinical trials directive in order to protect the research subject and the integrity of the study. Willingness to travel and work at other NHS sites if required.
Any further enquiries on this post may be directed to Professor Neil Basu via email [email protected] ; Professor Jonathan Cavanagh via email [email protected] or Miss Maxine Arnott via email [email protected]
This is a part time post 30 hours per week with funding available for 2 years initially.
Terms and Conditions
Salary will be Grade 6, £30,502 - £34,308 per annum pro rata.
This post is part-time (30 hours per week), and open ended with funding available for up to 2 years in the first instance.
As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.
As a valued member of our team, you can expect:
1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.
2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/payandpensions/pensions/, benefits and discount packages.
3 A flexible approach to working.
4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/staff/healthwellbeing/.
We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/.
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