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Maudsley BRC Nurse Research Secondment

Band 6/7

Main area
Mental Health Nursing
Band 6/7
18.75 hours per week
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Maudsley Hospital
£30,549 - £48,256 pro rata per annum
21/01/2018 23:59

The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) invites applications from SLaM employed nurses who wish to gain direct experience of working in a mental health research environment at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN). 


The aims of the scheme are:

  • To provide nurses with an opportunity to work alongside research teams, to gain a better understanding of the research process, and gain a range of research skills;
  • To develop a cohort of research aware nurses who will act as research champions in their clinical areas;
  • To raise the profile and improve understanding of research among nurses more widely;
  • To help research teams understand the pressures faced by front line clinical staff.


Secondees will:

  • Receive training in basic research methods including Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and potentially be able to attend research training provided within KCL;
  • Receive a modest budget to cover additional training and consumables linked to their placement;
  • Be placed with a research team attempting to implement a study in clinical practice. The nurse will take an active role with the team (for example, being involved in recruitment or follow up of participants);
  • Receive group support and mentoring by clinical academic staff.


At the end of the secondment, there is the expectation that the secondee will:

  • Submit a report providing an evaluation of the secondment together with a plan for continuing research and relevant research training within their clinical role;
  • Form part of a cohort of nurses who are active research champions;
  • Be eligible to apply for additional support for research related activities (e.g. further training, attending conferences, etc).

The Secondment

Working as part of an established team of researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (King’s College London), the secondee/s will have the opportunity to gain valuable clinical research experience and participate in research training and associated developmental activities, whilst continuing with their clinical work.  The post holder will be supported in progression to the next stage of a clinical research career.  Whilst not a required outcome of the secondment, progression can include a preparatory clinical research training fellowship or higher degree (MRes or PhD).  During the secondment the secondee/s will be line-managed by a senior member of the research project team with mentoring provided by a senior member of the nursing team in SLaM.  The Secondment List (included with the job description) provides more information about the requirements for each of the available secondments and the opportunities offered.   

Who can apply?

The scheme is open to all Band 6 and 7 nurses working within SLaM.  Applicants must hold a formal substantive contract with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.  Those on secondment to the Trust cannot apply. 

What funding is available?

Awards will cover salary for a maximum of 12 months at maximum 0.5 FTE.  There will be a modest training and consumables budget attributed to each secondee.

Secondments must take place during the 12 months commencing 1st April 2018 and be completed by 31st March 2019. 

How to apply

  1. A full list of available projects is available. Before applying, potential applicants are advised to make contact with the project lead of the project/s they are interested in to discuss the scope of the project and expected outcomes for the post holder. 
  2. A completed application must be submitted via TRAC, the SLaM recruitment system: The post is listed under ‘Nursing’. Prior to submitting an application, permission for the 12-months’ secondment (from 1st April 2018) must have been agreed in principle by the applicant’s line manager.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sarah Burleigh, Assistant Director of Nursing, Professional Standards on sarah.burleigh@slam.nhs.uk or Julia Wootley, NIHR Maudsley BRC Research Training & Capacity Development Manager on Julia.wootley@kcl.ac.uk

If you have problems applying, contact

0203 228 5341
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