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Faculty of Medicine and Health
School of Medicine
Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM)
Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Research Nurse
Part Time (30% of full time basis)
This post is available for a fixed term of 12 months (must be in post by 1 October 2015)
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Diabetes UK funded Research Nurse to work on a
diabetes immunology project; managing the recruitment of patients and the secure transfer of
their blood samples to Lincoln University.
This is an opportunity to join a multidisciplinary clinical and academic team based in the
University of Leeds (Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Lincoln University and hospitals
across Yorkshire. The role will involve participation in pre-clinical trials of a novel immunotherapy
designed to prevent disease progression in individuals identified as at risk of developing Type 1
diabetes. The study is funded by Diabetes UK and will be conducted in patients with diabetes
across Yorkshire, County Durham and North Lincolnshire regions.
You will be an NMC Registered Nurse, with solid post registration experience, including
venepuncture. You will have highly effective organisational and communication skills and the
ability to work on your own initiative to tight deadlines. You will have a Full UK driver’s licence
and be prepared to travel across Yorkshire and County Durham. Evidence of strong IT skills with
experience of using a range of spreadsheet and database computer software is also essential.
Experience of interviewing and/or carrying out qualitative or quantitative research in a healthcare
environment would be an advantage, as would experience of writing reports and using database
software. Completion of ICH-GCP training would also be an advantage.
The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a
range of family friendly policies (http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/homepage/4/policies). The University
is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. The School of Medicine
gained the Bronze award in 2013. We are committed to being an inclusive medical school
that values all staff, and we are happy to consider job share applications and requests for
flexible working arrangements from our employees.
University Grade 7 (£31,342 – £37,394 p.a.) pro rata, depending on qualifications and
experience. Please note we can only offer a salary up to £34,233 (spine point 33)
maximum due to the amount awarded.
Informal enquiries regarding the post should be directed to Dr Richard Feltbower,
telephone +44 (0)113 343 4841 or email [email protected]
If you have any specific enquiries about your online application please contact Sou Sit
Chung, telephone +44 (0)113 343 9177 or email [email protected]
Job Ref: MHLCM1035
Closing date: 26 August 2015
Purpose of Post
The post holder will be responsible for managing the implementation of the research study.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Research Set-up:
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Manage the process of obtaining ethics approvals - consult with all related personnel eg
doctors, nurses, local Research & Development (R&D) departments prior to completing
and submitting the online application form for ethical approval.
Design documents such as patient information leaflets, questionnaires, consent forms.
Collate all documentation, obtain signatures and submit to the relevant Ethics office.
Manage the process of gaining R&D approvals from relevant NHS trusts as required in
the study areas through liaising and discussing local requirements with R&D departments
prior to completing on-line documentation and submitting via the Integrated Research
Application System (IRAS).
Manage the acquisition of honorary contracts/research passports for all appropriate
NHS study sites ensuring current practice is followed and all necessary procedures
such as DBS and Occupational Health checks are in place.
Database management:
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Identify eligible patients and enter details onto the study database in line with the current
departmental Data Security Policy.
Set up and maintain a database to hold information on study participants. Extract
information from the database as required for ad hoc reports, reports to the Principal
Investigators (Pls) and funders.
Use the database to monitor and evaluate response rates, provide data as required for the
Ethics Office or R&D departments.
Research:
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Work autonomously to implement research according to the objectives of the research.
Observe the provisions of current data protection legislation and confidentiality, as well as
adhering to local data security policies.
Obtain informed consent and take blood and / or saliva samples, as required, from patients,
including young people, and / or their parents, as applicable either at home or in hospital.
Ensure that any samples are dispatched to the relevant laboratory or department, according
to P650 packaging instructions.
Apply to the relevant department to obtain access to patients’ notes. Abstract any relevant
patient information from medical records, according to the Data Security Policy.
Assist in the identification of obstacles to recruitment of eligible patients. Work towards
eliminating these obstacles.
Effectively time manage the various stages of the study ensuring timely completion of
study recruitment targets.
Assist with writing up research papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
Document all procedures and maintain accurate records.
Communication:
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Work within the NMC code of conduct at all times
Work closely with the PIs of the projects to effect maximum recruitment to the study within
local working practices.
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Develop and maintain links with the consultants, nurses and administrators in participating
hospital departments and establish effective communication strategies.
With consultant permission, approach parents and/or patients to obtain consent and arrange
interviews.
Effectively conduct interviews collecting research data in hospital or in participants’ homes.
Provide regular feedback on the progress of the study to the principal investigators,
participating NHS hospital sites and Ethics committees. Work towards resolving any issues
that arise.
Develop an effective communications strategy to ensure all eligible patients are given the
opportunity to participate in the study.
Present findings at local and national meetings and conferences to disseminate the findings
and promote the studies.
Manage administration of the studies to ensure they are carried out in accordance with local
policies and practice.
Travel to NHS sites across Yorkshire to establish a research infrastructure.
Maintain a safe environment for working alone according to local policy.
Independently manage workload to include travel to interview participants either in hospital or
in their homes to obtain and dispatch blood samples where appropriate, and collect data
using the most efficient methods.
Monitor and maintain progress of the study.
Maintain own professional development, making use of suitable educational opportunities.
Adhering to the ICH Good Clinical Practice Guidelines for research
You will be expected to work flexibly to ensure the goals and timescales of the research study are
achieved.
Professional Registration
As a qualified Nurse, you should have up to date registration with the NMC. You will be
required to maintain such registration so long as you remain employed with the University of
Leeds. You should produce registration upon request.
Relationships
The post-holder will report to Dr Richard Feltbower in the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular &
Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM), through whom he/she is responsible to the Head of Division of
Epidemiology & Biostatistics, through whom are accountable to the Head of Institute, through, the
Dean of the Medical School, and ultimately the Dean of the Faculty.
University Values
All staff are expected to operate in line with the university’s values and standards, which work as
an integral part of our strategy and set out the principles of how we work together. More
information about the university’s strategy and values is available at
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/comms/strategy/
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Person Specification
Essential
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A Registered Nurse, with current NMC registration
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A Registered Sick Children’s Nurse (RSCN) or Child Branch training
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Evidence of strong IT skills with experience of using a range of spreadsheet and database
computer software including the Microsoft Officer Suite (Word & Excel)
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Evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills
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Excellent organisational skills with evidence of managing own workload effectively, being
proactive and prioritising to meet tight deadlines
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Demonstrable familiarity with ethical and research governance procedures within the NHS
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Familiarity with the production of Standard Operating Procedures
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Experience of collecting, validating and entering data
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Experience of performing venepuncture
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A demonstrable ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide range of people
at all levels, across a range of organisations
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Experience of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team
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Holds a Full UK driver’s licence with a willingness and ability to travel to sites across
Yorkshire and County Durham
Desirable
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Previous experience of working with children and young people
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Previous experience of interviewing and/or carrying out qualitative or quantitative research in
a healthcare environment
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Previous experience of writing reports and a record of being published in peer-reviewed
journals
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Completion of International Conference of Harmonisation’s (ICH) Good Clinical Practice
(GCP) training
Further Information
Faculty Information
With more than 6,000 students, 1,600 staff and annual research income of £50m, the Faculty of
Medicine and Health at Leeds is bigger than some universities. Leeds has one of the largest
medical and bioscience research bases in the UK, and is an acknowledged world leader in
cancer, cardiovascular, psychiatric, genetic, musculo-skeletal and health services research.
Treatments developed in Leeds are transforming the lives of people around the world living with
conditions such as HIV, TB, diabetes and malaria.
The School of Medicine
The School of Medicine at the University of Leeds is a major international centre for research and
education. Our ambition is to improve health and reduce health inequalities, locally and globally,
through excellent scientific research and the translation of that research into healthcare practice,
and through the education of future scientific and clinical leaders who will advocate and practise
an evidence-based approach. Our major strategic aims are to:
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Deliver outstanding research including basic discovery science through to applied health
research that makes a significant difference to health.
Produce exceptional graduates, clinicians, educators, doctoral and post-doctoral fellows
whose learning has been informed and inspired by our research excellence and who will
form the next generation of academic and clinical leaders.
Develop and support knowledge transfer activities that flow from our academic activities.
Create and maintain an efficient and sustainable environment for research and teaching
within an organisational culture and management style that enacts and supports the
university’s core values of community, inclusiveness, integrity and professionalism.
The School of Medicine is organised into seven Institutes. All are committed to high quality
research-led teaching, through their training of postgraduate research students, delivery of
postgraduate taught courses, and its leadership in undergraduate teaching. The School works
closely with the local NHS, having a number of jointly funded clinical posts to ensure this
relationship is effective and strong for both research and student education.
Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM)
Director: Professor Mark Kearney
LICAMM integrates basic and clinical scientists with a common goal of understanding the
mechanisms underpinning common chronic diseases of human health and developing new
approaches to treating patients at an individual and population level. At the heart of LICAMM’s
philosophy is a vibrant multidisciplinary approach to science that provides a platform to deliver
internationally competitive translational research and teaching in disorders including
cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases our key aim is to
improve the lives of our patients and the experience of our students.
Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS) Director: Professor Tim Ensor
LIHS delivers problem-driven research that supports decisions about the content or delivery of
healthcare. Our interdisciplinary approach incorporates expertise in applied health research
designs, health implementation sciences, social sciences, health economics, informatics and
statistics, as well as skills in communicating with basic scientists, policy makers, healthcare
providers, public and patients. We conduct research at the individual, population and
organisational level.
Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME) Director: Professor Trudie Roberts
LIME provides the administrative support, co-ordination and leadership for the School of
Medicine’s undergraduate medical degree, including admissions, curriculum development,
assessment, student support and clinical placement liaison. It provides the technology-enhanced
learning and innovation support for the School of Medicine. LIME also has a very active
scholarship programme of research and innovation in medical education and uses its expertise to
influence medical education policy and practice nationally and internationally. To achieve this it
works with a range of stakeholders including the academic community, the profession, the public,
regulators and policy makers.
The Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology (LICAP) Director: Professor Tim Bishop
The Leeds Institute of Cancer Studies and Pathology addresses both laboratory based and
clinical research into cancer with a major focus on translational science. LICAP is one of the
largest cancer institutes in the country and has major financial support from the cancer charities.
The laboratories and clinical research are all based on the St James’s site with laboratory
activities being located in the Wellcome Trust Brenner Building and adjacent buildings while the
clinical work is based within Bexley Wing.
Leeds Institute of Biomedical & Clinical Sciences (LIBACS) Director: Professor Philip
Hopkins
LIBACS undertakes clinically-driven research from the level of the gene through cellular, tissue
and organ to clinical trials. Our vision is to develop a sustainable centre of excellence for the
advancement of patient care by translating research results into clinical practise and contributing
to medical education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Our research interests are
encapsulated in 6 clinical themes (Gastrointestinal inflammation & tumorigenesis, Genetic
disorders, Infection & immunity, Neuroscience, Perinatal medicine, Perioperative outcomes &
technologies) underpinned by four generic science technology strands (Animal models, Cell
biology, Gene regulations & Genomics). We are based predominantly at the St James’s
University Hospital site.
Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine (LIRMM) Director: Professor
Paul Emery
LIRMM is dedicated to improving diagnosis, therapy, intervention and outcome across the
spectrum of rheumatic and musculoskeletal medicine. It boasts a dynamic portfolio of research
and education, delivering wide-ranging clinical, translational and basic research across five
Sections: Clinical Musculoskeletal Medicine, Experimental Musculoskeletal Medicine, Clinical
Biomechanics and Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine and Orthopaedics. A multidisciplinary approach is the core of our activities, with significant interdisciplinary links between
Experimental and Clinical research. LIRMM’s clinical activities are focussed at Chapel Allerton
Hospital, which is also base for our NIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit (LMBRU)
and our basic sciences at St James’s University Hospital.
Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research (LICTR) Director: Professor Julia Brown
LICTR delivers innovative design, delivery and knowledge transfer in clinical trials research. Our
multidisciplinary approach, in collaboration with basic scientists, clinicians, policy makers,
healthcare providers, public and patients and University colleagues, delivers internationally
competitive research and teaching that makes a significant contribution to the evidence base for
healthcare delivery. The Institutes research is conducted through the Clinical Trials Research
Unit where we have expertise in design and conduct of complex clinical trials incorporating novel
designs to evaluate CTIMPs, complex interventions, diagnostics, medical devices and surgery.
St James’s University Hospital Campus Infrastructure and Facilities (SCIF)Director:
Professor Pam Jones
This group covers activities that cover School of Medicine functions for Institutes at St James’s
University Hospital that span more than one institute including biomedical research facilities,
student education, IT, health and safety, estates, seminars, PGR studentships and business
support functions. These functions help support the five adjacent buildings on the site.
There are three Institutes with staff and students at St James’s: LICAP (Leeds Institute of Cancer
studies and Pathology), LIBACS (Leeds Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences), LIRMM
(Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine). These three institutes are
dedicated to basic, translational, clinical and health research integrated with student education.
Additional Information
Terms and Conditions
Details of the terms and conditions of employment for all staff at the university, including
information on pensions and benefits, are available on the Human Resources web pages
accessible via the links on the right hand side, or at http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/policies.
University Teaching and Research Award
The Senate of the University has agreed that all newly appointed staff with a contract of 0.5 FTE
and above who have a teaching/ research role and are deemed new to teaching or research in
Higher Education should be required to complete successfully all of the requirements of the
University of Leeds Teaching and Research or an appropriate alternative. Whether or not this
applies to you, will be decided as part of the appointment procedure at interview.
Further details of the ULTRA are available at http://www.sddu.leeds.ac.uk/sddu-ultra.html.
Staff with contracts of less than 0.5 FTE may take the ULTRA provided that they have a broad
enough range of teaching, research and assessment to complete the requirements of the
Programme: this will be decided in conjunction with the School and the course providers.
Disclosure and Barring Service checks
This post falls under the remit of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order
1975. As such, all applicants are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and
warnings, including any pending criminal prosecutions and those which would otherwise be
considered 'spent' under the 1974 Act. However, amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975
(2013) provide that certain ‘spent’ convictions and cautions are now 'protected' and are not
subject to disclosure to employers, and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on
the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service
website. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service and at
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/1198/pdfs/uksi_20131198_en.pdf
Declarations of any such information as described above, should be made in the ‘other personal
details’ section of the application form and details sent to the Recruitment Officer at
[email protected]
Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required for this position.
The successful applicant will be required to give consent for the University to check their criminal
record status through independent verification (from the DBS). Information will be kept in strict
confidence. Your offer of appointment will be subject to the University being satisfied with the
outcome of these checks.
Disabled Applicants
The post is located in the LIGHT Building, but will involve travel across Yorkshire and County
Durham. Disabled applicants wishing to review access to the building are invited to contact the
department direct. Additional information may be sought from the Recruitment Officer, email
[email protected] or telephone + 44 (0)113 343 1723.
Disabled applicants are not obliged to inform employers of their disability but will still be covered
by the Equality Act once their disability becomes known.
Further information for applicants with disabilities, impairments or health conditions is
available in the applicant guidance.
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