Research Nurse

£33,567 to £38,533 per annum, inclusive.

We are seeking to appoint a Research Nurse with experience of working in the community, to join the CureME Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) research team in the Disability and Eye Health Group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). It presents an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team working on ME/CFS biomedical research, which includes the UK ME/CFS Biobank (UKMEB), the first of its kind in the UK.

The post-holder will contribute to an ongoing multi-site longitudinal project focused on virological, immunological, and gene expression analyses for biomarker discovery in ME/CFS. The role holder will be an important member of the research team, working together with a Research Nurse already in post to recruit participants, carry out clinical assessments and blood draws, and collect associated data. 

The post involves working with National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) networks on all aspects of recruitment, including: preparing and sending invitation packs and questionnaires; answering questions from potential participants and ensuring fully-informed consent; extensive liaison with collaborating NHS research nurses, hospital phlebotomy departments, GP surgeries, other recruitment sites, UCL/RFH Biobank, couriers, etc.; communicating with consenting participants to schedule appointments, send appointment reminders, and answer queries; creating and distributing appointment-associated paperwork (e.g., assessment forms and tube labels); reviewing of data and help with data entry, and following up with participants for missing or unclear information on returned study materials.

An important part of the role is conducting half-hour standardised clinical assessments and phlebotomy on participants in their homes in the greater London area or at clinic sites in London and in East Anglia.  Many of the participants with ME/CFS will be bed- or house-bound.Duties will likewise involve preparing study invitations, scheduling appointments, preparing appointment materials, coordinating with staff at the University College London / Royal Free Hospital (UCL/RFH) Biobank (where the samples are processed and stored), and following up with participants as needed. The role holder will travel to participants’ homes to conduct the clinical assessments and blood draws and then will immediately deliver the bloods to the UCL/RFH Biobank in Belsize Park.  

The post will be based at the London School, but it is estimated that travel might be required 3-4 days/week. The study area includes Greater London and some participants in East Anglia.

The successful applicant will be a nurse registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and a qualified phlebotomist and comfortable drawing approx. 100ml of blood from bed- and house-bound patients; have a patient, gentle, supportive, and respectful bedside manner with the strictest standards for maintaining participant confidentiality, have a high degree of personal motivation and ability to work independently and prioritise workload. Further particulars are included in the job description.

This is a full-time post funded by the US National Institutes of Health until 31 July 2019 and is available immediately, with the possibility of extension to 31 December 2019 or beyond subject to future funding. The salary will be on the Professional Support Grade 5 in the range £33,567 - £38,533 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service.  Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this, there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available.

Applications should be made online via our website at jobs.lshtm.ac.uk.  The reference for this post is ITD-CRD-2018-17.  Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm on the closing date.  Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to jobs@lshtm.ac.uk.

 

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