Job Description



Clinical Research Nurse Dublin – Full time Contract


Reporting to: Executive Team and Director of Clinical Trials


Reporting Responsibilities: None


Location: St. Michael’s Hospital Dun Laoghaire, and on occasion (project determined) St. Vincent’s Hospital and University College Dublin.


Purpose: The Research Nurse will support innovative research work based in St. Michael’s Hospital, and on occasion in St. Vincent’s University Hospital and, or, UCD.


Key Tasks:
  • To work to HBT standard operating procedures for clinical trials and academic research.


  • To play an active role in driving ongoing clinical research projects and STOP HF Research Programme.


·      To actively participate in the implementation of clinical investigations and trials.


  • To assist in ensuring the overall smooth running of the HBT as per best practice.


·      To arrange study specific research meetings if necessary, including staff notification, completion and writing of minutes where applicable.


·      To ensure patient confidentiality and dignity is assured and maintained at all times during a clinical trial/research project in line with GDPR guidelines.


·      To take responsibility for maintenance and upkeep of all HBT clinical research documentation, including: site files, case record forms, monitoring arrangements, data correction and data collection.


  • To complete (with the help of the sponsor company if necessary) all ethical and regulatory procedures (submissions, query resolution etc.) for the clinical trial studies you are assigned.


  • To review proposed research protocols and provide input to site study feasibility reports (e.g. annual site patient numbers, equipment / test availability etc.)


  • To attend investigator meetings as appropriate relative to studies assigned to you.


  • To ensure prompt management of all study related correspondence.


  • To prepare your studies for Internal / Sponsor / Health Products Regulatory Authority audits as required.


·      To ensure that patients are fully informed of all details pertaining to the clinical trial/research project prior to their recruitment.


·      To screen, recruit and consent suitable study candidates.


·      To ensure that all studies undertaken by the HBT or heart failure unit from the time of appointment are completed to the highest standards in accordance with ICH-GCP, HPRA/EU Directive requirements and STOP HF Screening SOP’s.


  • To carry out other duties as appropriate to the post as may be assigned from time to time by the Management of the HBT.


  • To maintain the upkeep of the clinic and procedure rooms along with stocktaking and ordering of required materials.


Clinical Practice

  • Provide specialist knowledge, expertise and care to patients participating in a clinical trial and STOP HF Research and Screening Programme .


·      Ensure patients have an understanding of their disease and the proposed research and standard treatment options.


·      Work with a Multidisciplinary Team in evaluating and treating clinical problems, as they arise in the research settings.


·      Co-ordinate patient investigations, therapy and follow up, as appropriate to specific clinical research programmes.


·      To be competent and actively participate in phlebotomy / laboratory procedures for clinical investigations and the STOP HF Programme.



·      Adhere to nursing policies and procedures within the HBT and St Vincent’s University Hospital Group.


·      Ensure continuity of patient care by liaising with outside health care professionals, and those who are involved in clinical work.


·      Use agreed protocols to deal with referrals and enquiries from other hospitals and within St Vincent’s University Hospital and St Michael’s Hospital.


·      Promote a safe clinical environment for patients, visitors and staff to the HBT / SMH with due regard to Health and Safety and Risk Management issues.


  • When needed, to assist in the STOP HF screening service.



  • Use relevant educational opportunities to maintain the highest standards of care to patients involved in clinical trials and academic research projects.


  • Develop and facilitate educational and support programmes for members of the Multidisciplinary Team.


  • Assist in training members of the Multidisciplinary Team in changes of practice in the delivery care.


Personnel development

  • Maintain Professional Registration


  • Undertake further education as appropriate to keep updated with changes within the field of Clinical Research.


  • Take responsibility for own professional development and updating


  • Attend and participate in:

–       In service and staff education

–      Staff Conferences

–      Appropriate outside conferences


Quality Assurance

·      Help maintain the system for recording clinical activity.


·      Demonstrate commitment to evidence based practice.


·      Maintain clinical and administrative records and reporting arrangements.

Qualifications / Experience: Essential:

  • RGN with a minimum of 2 years post registration experience.
  • Must be registered with An Bord Altranais.
  • Have a minimum of 2 years post registration experience.
  • Experience working as part of multi-disciplinary team in a clinical environment.
  • Have excellent interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Phlebotomy Certification.
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development.
  • Flexibility in working hours.
  • ICT literate with database management skills.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to use initiative.
  • Must have the ability to work in a complementary role to medical colleagues & other members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Able to prioritise and deliver agreed objectives.


*Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check will form part of the selection process.



  • Have a post graduate clinical research course or similar.
  • Prior experience in clinical trials.
  • Thorough knowledge of ICH GCP and relevant regulations for the conduct of clinical trials, preferably with a current GCP certificate.
  • Experience in Cardiology therapeutic area.
  • Experience in audit & quality improvement projects.
  • Training in biological specimen handling and shipment.




Personal Requirements: Ø  Excellent communication skills

Ø  Proven administrative skills

Ø  Detail oriented

Ø  Ability to multi-task

Ø  Self-motivated and driven

Ø  Interested in learning

Ø  Team player


Training: Ø  Business overview as part of induction

Ø  GCP Training

Ø  Database Training.

Ø  High level of technical training related to clinical trials.

Ø  Other training where relevant


Why come work with The Heartbeat Trust?
  • Role is Monday to Friday – office hours
  • No late nights
  • No weekends
  • Will offer Flexible hours / part-time
  • Opportunities for career progression
  • Educational Support Programme
  • Opportunities to partake in cutting-edge scientific HF research
  • Tax-saver commuter tickets
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Opportunities to attend conferences and seminars



Salary Scale:
  • Commensurate with experience



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