Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Associate Practitioner – Clinical Trials

Band 4

Main area
Band 4
FTC 31/3/2019
full time 37.5 per week
Job ref
John Radcliffe Hospital
£20,150 - £23,363 per annum
17/12/2018 23:59
Interview date

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.


Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values


We are looking for an enthusiastic person, preferably with previous experience in supporting clinical trials from an administrative perspective and/or some experience with handling samples in a hospital setting, to work as an Associate Practitioner in Cellular Pathology.

The primary role is to assist our Data and Research Coordinator for clinical trials in dealing with requests to register and set up clinical trials involving services or samples from the Cellular Pathology department, collaborating with pathologists and technical staff in the department to ensure the right samples are prepared, occasionally to process study-specific samples. A confident attitude to handling data in Excel files and experience of navigating database would be highly desirable.

This is an essential role that ensures clinical trials continue to recruit patients within their time frames whilst complying with required governance requirements and will involve a mixture of:

·         Manual laboratory procedures e.g.

o   tissue embedding

o   centrifugation (e.g. processing blood samples)

o   slide labelling

·         General laboratory support duties e.g.

o   Pulling slides and blocks for review

o   Recalling cases from the off-site archive

·         Clerical style roles (maintaining the departmental specimen filing system and a significant amount of computer/paperwork)


To be considered for the position you must hold as a minimum one of the following: Foundation degree or equivalent and preferably a higher education qualification in a health-related subject.  Whilst the post is fixed term until 31st March, we anticipate renewal for at least 12 months.


Closing date: 17th December 2018

Interviews are scheduled for 3rd January 2019

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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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Stephanie Jones, ORB Collections Governance Manager -  Stephanie.jones@ouh.nhs.uk