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Research Assistant (RA)

NHS AfC: Band 5

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Research Assistant
NHS AfC: Band 5
Secondment: 6 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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St Ann's Hospital
£29,553 - £36,265 inclusive of Outer London HCAS rate
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Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) provides healthcare services locally, regionally and nationally. We serve a population of 1.2 million, employ more than 3,300 staff, and operate from over 20 main sites in the community. As a multiple award winning Trust we provide mental health services for young people, adults and older people, and have a full range of child and adult community health services in Enfield. Our North London Forensic Service treats and cares for people in the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorders services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services, and mental health liaison services at Barnet Hospital and the North Middlesex University Hospital.

Job overview

An exciting secondment opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Research Assistant to work within the Research & Development delivery teams for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH). This post is a 6-month secondment. As a member of R&D, the post holder’s time will be split between:

· Supporting the delivery of the Trusts’ ongoing portfolio of clinical research studies – working on a variety of studies in mental health, dementia, and other related health fields.

· To assist the R&D Director with setting up several research studies and projects, specifically within Forensics Service.

We are looking for a proactive person who is passionate, dependable, able to work independently as well as part of a dynamic team, and possess good interpersonal and communication skills. It’s expected that applicants will have some working knowledge and understanding of clinical research, but this post is an opportunity to build on their existing knowledge and gain further experience within the research setting.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to take a proactive role in the research infrastructure to supports commercial and non-commercial studies at BEH. This includes: working with clinical services, to identify, screen, and recruit potential study participants; Carrying out study baseline, follow up, and monitoring visits, with study participants, to collect study specific data and ensure that the research undertaken in the BEH NHS Trust is of the highest standard and in accordance with ICH Good Clinical Practice and other relevant guidelines.

Working for our organisation

BEHMHT is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million. In Enfield, we provide a full range of child and adult community health services, which over the last few years has been integrating with its mental health services to provide better and more holistic care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Good first degree (in Psychology or health related field), or relevant experience in a research setting
Desirable criteria
  • MSc in Psychology or other health related field
  • Good clinical Practice certificate


Essential criteria
  • Good knowledge of the principles of research.
  • Knowledge of the processes that are required to conduct research in the NHS (e.g. gaining a favorable ethical opinion, Trust R&D approval).
  • Experience of working with MS Office in particular MS Excel, as well as Word, Outlook, PowerPoint.
Desirable criteria
  • Certification and experience in standard assessment scales like PANNS and HAM-D
  • Knowledge of the governance standards that apply to research in the NHS (e.g. Medicines for Human Use Clinical Trials Regulations).
  • Experience of managing projects.


Essential criteria
  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to communicate and work effectively with people at all levels across a range of organisations.
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills.
  • Desire to facilitate and support investigators with their research studies, maintaining a problem solving and customer-f
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to analyse facts or situations, investigating a variety of issues and proposing solutions; dealing with complex enquiries.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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

Tom Freeth
Job title
R&D Delivery Team Manager
Email address
Telephone number
020 8702 3556
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