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North West Coast launch staff recruitment drive to deliver COVID-19 vaccine research and help end pandemic

North West Coast launch staff recruitment drive to deliver COVID-19 vaccine research and help end pandemic

North West Coast launch staff recruitment drive to deliver COVID-19 vaccine studies 

This week the Clinical Research Network: North West Coast have launched a staff recruitment drive so that critical COVID-19 vaccine studies can be delivered and the impact of this pandemic can be halted. The Network is planning to recruit a temporary workforce so that several COVID-19 vaccine studies can be delivered. This is being done in partnership with NHS organisations across the region whereby the Network will fund additional hours over and above existing part time roles. Healthcare staff who have recently retired may also be suitable to join this temporary workforce. Staff will be required to work in primary care, secondary care and non NHS sites that have been re-purposed to deliver COVID-19 research. 

Who are the Clinical Research Network: North West Coast ?

The Clinical Research Network: North West Coast is part of the National Institute for Health Research and is responsible for delivering COVID-19 vaccine studies and any COVID-19 research studies that are classified as Urgent Public Health (UPH) studies. The Network is a partnership of over 40 NHS Partner Organisations and covers a region that spans Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside and South Cumbria.

The Network manages a Research Taskforce which is small team of highly experienced research nurses, data administrators and clinical research practitioners who are mobile and operate across the region between NHS organisations. Some of these recruited roles will work closely with the Research Taskforce. 

Who are we looking for? 

The Network is looking for highly motivated healthcare staff who have an interest in research and want to be part of the research effort to end this pandemic. Recruited staff will be mobile, committed, highly dependable and demonstrate flexibility in taking on key tasks that are required to be delivered with urgency. You may be in a part time role with you existing NHS employer and able to take on additional hours. You may also be recently retired and able to come back into service. 

What types of roles are required ? 

All different types of roles, across all pay band structures are required. Nurses, doctors, phlebotomists, data administrators and healthcare assistants are just some of the roles that will be required.  

What will be provided? 

All training to deliver the vaccine studies and other research studies will be provided. It is expected that recruited staff will make their own travel arrangements to arrive on the research site. All efforts will be made to place staff close to their existing locality. 

If you are interested, what are the next steps? 

Please fill in this expression of interest form and the recruitment lead for this project will be in touch shortly. 

photo: Team from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine who recently helped deliver the phase 3 trial for the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine with help from Clinical Research Network: North West Coast