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Closing date: 06 December 2021
Interview date: 13 December 2021

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Clinical Fellow, NIHR Nursing and Midwifery

Are you a highly collaborative senior nurse or midwife ready for a new challenge to  shape career opportunities for nurses and midwives across the National Institute for  Health Research, the most integrated health research system in the world, and beyond? 

The National Institute for Health Research is seeking three outstanding leaders to  shape and deliver strategic career initiatives for nurses and midwives as part of the  ongoing evolution and advancement of the NIHR. As NIHR Nursing & Midwifery  Clinical Fellow, you will work with NIHR leaders, staff and stakeholders to develop a specific element of the strategic plan for NIHR Nursing & Midwifery. 

Our three areas of work to be developed by the post holders are: i) flexible career  options for research nurses and midwives; ii) an accelerated Associate Principal  Investigator scheme and iii) options for research nursing and midwifery roles in  community and social care. We anticipate that each Clinical Fellow will lead one of  these projects and contribute to all three. 

A skilled innovator with knowledge and experience of nursing or midwifery leadership, you will possess strong influencing, diplomacy and negotiating skills commanding the  respect of managers and clinicians, and you will have a demonstrable record of  professional transformation and implementation spread. The NIHR is a distributed organisation, and so you will be able to work across organisational boundaries and be  comfortable working out with conventional management hierarchies. Working with  health and care organisations and staff, patients and service users and researchers, you will have a good understanding of nursing and midwifery policy and practice, and of  the potential of nurses and midwives in health and care research

What does the role entail? 

The vision for NIHR Nursing & Midwifery is to inspire nurses and midwives to improve  health outcomes through research. To achieve this we have a number of specific projects to be delivered, as detailed above. The purpose of these roles is to shape and  deliver strategic initiatives for nurses and midwives across the NIHR and beyond. 

The NIHR CRN has been instrumental in delivering the national response to the  Covid19 pandemic and its ongoing implications. Research nurses and midwives have played an integral role in both leading and responding to this challenge. The post holder, along with others, will play a vital role in both supporting and responding to  the legacy work associated with COVID-19 along with working with colleagues across the NIHR and NHS infrastructure to shape our future initiatives. 

The post holders will report to the NIHR Director of Nursing and Midwifery, working alongside the two Associate Directors of Nursing and Midwifery, and will join the NIHR Nursing & Midwifery Strategic Team. The post holders are expected to be ‘self sufficient’ in this role and in leading delivery of the responsibilities listed below.  

Responsibilities will include to: 

  • Develop, pilot and evaluate one of the three projects.  
  • Develop relationships with the SNMRL cohort, drawing on their achievements and collaborating as appropriate 
  • Contribute to other NIHR Nursing and Midwifery initiatives, to include  International Nurses Day, Research Champion activities, communities of  practice and annual conferences.  
  • Work with NIHR colleagues and stakeholders to ensure projects align with the DHSC Recovery, Resilience and Growth programme and the areas of  strategic focus in the NIHR Best Research for Best Health: the Next Chapter 
  • Collaborate with the Clinical Research Network (CRN) Executive and Senior Managers in the nursing and midwifery development activities of the CRN Coordinating Centre.  
  • Represent the NIHR at external meetings and present at national and local conferences and events.

What will you bring to the role?  

As NIHR Nursing & Midwifery Clinical Fellow, you will have: 

  • Current and active registration as a Nurse or Midwife in the UK
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of current health and social care organisations, key issues and policy drivers  
  • Significant experience in identifying opportunities for leading transformational change  
  • Experience in supporting research delivery of a range of study types and sponsors (non-commercial and commercial) within NHS and/or care organisations
  • Excellent communication and audience presentation skills, and well- developed interpersonal skills 
  • A proven ability to work with stakeholders at local, national or regional level, using strong negotiation, communication and influencing skills to achieve results through other people.  
  • Well-developed organisational skills with a proven ability to work under pressure and to deadlines. 
  • Proven track record of engaging and influencing a wide range of professionals, and managing through influence.  
  • Demonstrable commitment to equality, inclusiveness and diversity 
  • Willingness and ability to travel nationally  

You may also have:  

  • A higher degree at Masters level or above 
  • Experience of managing a multi-professional research delivery team 

Terms and Conditions 

These are part time secondment opportunities at 0.5 WTE for 18 months, commencing  on 1st February 2022, or by agreement. Post holders will remain on current terms and  conditions. This post will be appointed as a short term secondment agreement to 31  July 2023 or by agreement. The post would ordinarily be based at either of the main  NIHR offices in Leeds or London, with some travel between the two locations, however working arrangements will be adjusted to allow for Covid-19 impact and will be those applying to NIHR staff or your own employer. The Leeds office is in Queen Street in  central Leeds; the London office is at Minerva House adjacent to London Bridge. 

How to apply  

If you are interested in applying for these posts, please submit a letter of interest,  outlining how you meet the criteria in the Candidate Brief, attaching a short CV, and return this to Applications should be submitted by 12.00 (UK time) on Monday 6th December 2021. Shortlisting will take place on 7th/8th December and shortlisted candidates will be notified by close of play on Wednesday 8th December. Interviews will take place on Monday 13th December 2021 via an online platform.