Clinical Research Practitioner Apprentice - COVID-19 in Chichester

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Western Sussex Hospitals is a leading acute hospital trust, with rewarding career opportunities for caring, committed and innovative people, who wish to be valued for their work and empowered to improve the services we provide. Here are few reasons to join us:

Outstanding – we are the first acute hospital trust to have received the health watchdog’s highest rating in all key inspection areas. CQC October 2019

Top 10 – Western Sussex Hospitals is one the best hospital trusts to work for, according to the NHS Staff Survey, and among the top ten trusts in England where staff are most likely to recommend the care their colleagues provide. (NHS Staff Survey 2018)

Leading organisation – Western Sussex Hospitals is led by NHS Chief Executive of the Year Dame Marianne Griffiths (HSJ Awards 2016 | No.1 HSJ Top CEO 2018 & 2019) and is renowned for outstanding care, excellent staff engagement, innovation and learning.

Location – our hospitals in Chichester, Worthing and Shoreham-by-Sea are on the beautiful Sussex coast, between the beach and South Downs National Park. West Sussex has wonderful countryside, picturesque villages, vibrant towns, excellent schools and cultural amenities, as well as quick transport links to Brighton, London and beyond.

More about us - Western Sussex is an acute trust with three hospitals; Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s in Chichester provide emergency, inpatient and outpatient care; and Southlands in Shoreham-by-Sea provides outpatient care and day surgery. Since April 2017, the senior leadership team has also managed neighbouring trust Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.

Patient First - in 2015 the trust’s Patient First programme was launched to empower colleagues to make lasting changes that benefit patients and to ensure we continue to improve patient care with lean management best practice at every level of the trust. Improvement huddles are just one example of extensive and ongoing cultural change that makes Western Sussex an exciting place to work.


We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual with an interest in clinical research to join our clinical trials team based at St Richards Hospital, Chichester as an Apprentice Clinical Research Practitioner. This exciting position will provide the ideal opportunity to develop clinical and research skills alongside studying for a BSc (Hons) in Applied Bioscience. This Clinical Trials Specialist Apprenticeship is a 5 year programme with Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Kent. Upon completion of the apprenticeship, the post holder will have the skills and experience to apply for Clinical Research Practitioner posts and accredited registration on the Clinical Research Practitioner Register.

We are ideally looking for someone with experience of working in a hospital/healthcare setting, however full training will be provided. The individual will need to meet all academic entry requirements – evidence of this (including maths & English certification) will be requested prior to interview.

In addition to the academic theory-based learning, the post holder will work closely with the team of clinical research nurses and midwives, clinical trials facilitators and clinical research practitioners working on a diverse portfolio of studies across the Trust. The role involves providing protocol-driven research care to patients, carrying out clinical assessments, data collection and entry, basic laboratory work and research governance and administration. The post holder will also be responsible for promoting research within Trust departments and supporting colleagues and local investigators to deliver high quality research activity to support patient care. The role requires flexibility, excellent communication and the ability to work as a team member.

The post is 37.5 hours per week, weekdays only.

The interviews will be held on Tuesday 27th October 2020.


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