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Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Head of Clinical Trials Accelerator Platform (maternity cover)

Maternity cover from October 2017 - fixed term contract

Circa £48,000 plus benefits and flexible working

Based in Central London 

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the only UK-wide charity making a daily difference to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis, and those who care for them. We invest in cutting-edge research, drive up standards of clinical care, offer support for everyone affected by cystic fibrosis, and campaign hard on the issue that matter.

Cystic fibrosis is chronically misunderstood, kills thousands worldwide and is carried unknowingly in the genes of millions.

Putting people with cystic fibrosis at the centre of everything we do is key to helping us beat the condition for good, and doing this is a challenge that you’ll relish.

Clinical trials are the bedrock of translational research and are an essential element in ensuring ideas are rapidly and safely translated to clinical use and to transform the lives of people with cystic fibrosis (CF).  The Trust is seeking to broaden the reach of trials to all people with cystic fibrosis in the UK and as part of this has created a national CF clinical trials network called the Clinical Trials Accelerator Platform

The Clinical Trials Accelerator Platform will build the infrastructure and fund the much needed additional research capacity to support CF centres to grow their clinical trial portfolio; this will increase the number of clinical trial opportunities, and improve access to the newest drug therapies for people with CF in the UK.

This role is responsible for providing overall leadership, coordination and management of the Platform, a high priority and strategically important flagship programme for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. You will oversee all associated work streams including the creation of a national network of CF centres and Trial Coordinators / Research Nurses, a Clinical Trials Digital Hub and various CF Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) groups. With support from various internal teams, you will be responsible for overseeing the development and maintenance of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s Clinical Trials Digital Hub; an array of online information resources, webpages and a clinical trials database. You will monitor progress and impact including oversight of Key Performance Indicators, centre metrics and performance of the Programme’s central management team.

With proven and demonstrable track-record in managing a portfolio of clinical trials, you will be experienced in or have an understanding of NHS R&D environment, research ethics, research funding and the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care.  You will have experience of managing research nurses, trial coordinators or research teams, have worked within a leadership role and have an understanding of the legal complexities of contracting with Industry and academia for the delivery of research studies. As a self-starter,  you are able to think and act proactively, using own initiative to identify and implement service improvements, use project management techniques to manage multiple projects on time and within budget, prioritise a demanding workload, respond to planned and unplanned demands, as well as supporting colleagues in prioritising their workload. 

If this is for you we would love to hear from you. Take a look at the full job description, complete the application form and equal opportunities form, and send your CV and a covering letter detailing your relevant experience to The equal opportunities form will be separated from your application form prior to the selection process. The information you provide will be treated as sensitive data under the Data Protection Act 1998. Your assistance is appreciated.

Closing date for completed application will be Thursday 6th July 2017.


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