NRS Champion Support Manager
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Job reference: 005433

Location: Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Job closing date: 04/10/2019

Job posted date: 12/09/2019

Salary: Band 7 (£37,570 - £44,688)

Employment type: Fixed-term

Job Type: Administrative Services

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: Research and Development

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Lothian

Band 7 - 2 year fixed term contract in the first instance.

NHS Research Scotland (NRS) is a partnership involving the Scottish NHS Boards and the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government. The overarching aim of NRS is to ensure that NHS Scotland provides the best environment to support clinical research.  The CSO provides NRS funding to the NHS to support effective delivery of clinical research, and aims to increase the number of studies and the level of patient recruitment to research projects undertaken across Scotland.

Within NRS, specialist research support is now structured nationally around a number of Topic Networks and Specialty Groups (SGs). This post provides managerial support to Professor Stuart Ralston, the NHS Research Champion for Musculoskeletal Health, hosted within NHS Lothian and will also ensure that there is local oversight of all SG-supported research taking place within this area, coordinating and supporting local activity to drive recruitment to clinical studies.

The implementation of these changes will require the successful applicant to play a major part in implementing change in the delivery of clinical research in Scotland.

The CSO invests significant funds annually in supporting NRS infrastructure for clinical studies across NHS Scotland and the successful applicant will work to ensure that there is an effective local dialogue between researchers, Universities and the NHS to deliver appropriate deployment of resources to support clinical research. 

You will have day to day responsibility for gathering and acting on performance management information for clinical studies, and will work closely with the existing NHS research governance and support structures to ensure that studies are effectively supported. 

Delivering beneficial change to these established research groups is challenging, requiring both operational understanding of the issues and strategic oversight of the task. 

Although the post-holder will be based within the satellite R&D Office at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh they will be required to work across NHS Lothian and work closely with NRS and R&D staff throughout Scotland.

Informal enquiries to Mr. Douglas Young 0131 242 3337 or email


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