Across the UK patients are being advised that it is their right to be randomised and included in pertinent clinical trials. With the introduction of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in England and equivalent infrastructures in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales has come an explosion in the clinical research nurse and health care support worker (HCSW) workforce (estimated around 10,000 in 2014) to support clinical research. NHS plc is seen as an international leader for clinical research (funding councils, charitable, and life sciences industries) due to the high standards it demands in terms of quality, efficiency and governance. This section is intended to provide a signposting resource for nurses and HCSWs, either currently employed in clinical research, or wanting to learn more about the multitude of opportunities therein.
We've compiled a list of the most common places that clinical research nursing posts are advertised. If you work in the NHS, most Trusts have R&D departments, who will put you in touch with the lead clinical research nurse: there may be opportunities to shadow, or do short-term work placements
The NHS Career Planner for Nurses is a good place to start. The nursing career framework interactive tool contains useful information about the skills and competences you may need to work at different levels in the pathways - one of which is research. The following examples are taken from the planner
We also have two examples from the NIHR Clinical Research Network: Eastern
Clinical studies nurse, NIHR Clinical Research Network: Eastern
Research nurse, NIHR Clinical Research Network: Eastern