Job Description

Title:

Research Nurse Dublin –

Full time / Part-time Contract

Reporting to:

Executive Team encompassing General Manager, Medical Director and Research and Development Director

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 investigatious 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 trials.
  • 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.

 

  • Education
  • 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.

 

Desirable:

  • 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:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven administrative skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Self-motivated and driven
  • Interested in learning
  • Team player

Training:

  • Business overview as part of induction
  • GCP Training
  • Database Training.
  • High level of technical training related to clinical trials.
  • 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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