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Principal Research Associate/Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist

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Division of Medicine, Centre for Rheumatology
Fixed term
Full Time 40 hours a week
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£78,923 - £105,652 per annum inclusive of London allowance
12/03/2018 23:59

At UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) our success starts with you.

We want you to come to UCLH, and stay at UCLH; all of our staff have been involved in developing our values.

We believe that UCLH is a better place for patients and staff alike. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the largest and most successful Foundation Trusts in the UK with an international reputation and a tradition of innovation.

UCLH has two major strategic projects underway. On Grafton Way, we are building a facility which will be home to one of only two high energy NHS proton beam therapy centres, Europe’s largest centre for the treatment of blood disorders and a hyper modern surgery service.  Close by on Huntley Street we are developing the new Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals. Replacing the current hospitals on Grays’ Inn Road, this development will mean we can provide multidisciplinary care to our dental and ENT patients in a modern environment. Our Grafton Way facility is due to open in 2020, with Huntley Street opening in 2019.

NHS staff survey results from 2016, UCLH has been named one of the ten best performing non-specialist trusts against the following statement: “If a friend of relative needed treatment I would be happy with the standard of care provided by this organisation”.

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Duties and Responsibilities

Interventional clinical trials in rheumatology (Inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune rheumatic disease) have been established at UCL/UCLH since 2011. The team has grown from one research nurse in 2011 to a team of 8 including three research nurses, two trial coordinators, a data manager and a clinical fellow supported by Professors Ehrenstein and Isenberg. The remit of this position is to maintain and develop cutting-edge early phase clinical trials with associated translational projects in inflammatory arthritis.  One of the key indicators of success will be the development of at least one interventional trials where the post holder is the Chief Investigator. The candidate will be expected to apply for external Grant support to develop a clinical and translational research portfolio. There is the potential to link clinical trials with basic science in order to develop biomarkers of response and further understand the pathogenesis of inflammatory arthritis.

Clinical trials will be undertaken at the UCL/UCLH Clinical Research Facility (CRF), which is supported by the Wellcome Foundation and the Department of Health. Clinical Trials will be prioritised according to the objectives of the CRF, which favour early phase and experimental studies, particularly those led by investigators at UCL. This position will facilitate the development and co-ordination of an internationally competitive Rheumatology Clinical Trials Unit. The portfolio will form an important part of the wider UCLH/UCL Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre.

In addition to the academic activities outlined above, duties will also include Rheumatology Outpatient Clinics caring for patients with inflammatory arthritis, a general rheumatology clinic and musculoskeletal ultrasound assessment. These clinics will be used for recruiting patients for research projects.

This post is funded for 2 years in the first instance.

Key Requirements

Medical degree, higher academic degree, MRCP, accreditation by the Royal College of Physicians, CCT in rheumatology,  GMC registration, GCP in clinical trials.

Experience in (a) all aspects of clinical trials relevant to rheumatology, (b) clinical rheumatology with special interest in inflammatory arthritis but also knowledge of autoimmune rheumatic diseases, (c) musculoskeletal ultrasound. Track record in research.

Ability to organise and prioritise workload, to delegate responsibility as appropriate and to supervise staff. Ability to work effectively within a team environment & on own initiative.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable people and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For an informal discussion please contact Professor David Isenberg (d.isenberg@ucl.ac.uk)

For any queries regarding this advert or the recruitment process please contact Aisha Carroll (a.carroll@ucl.ac.uk)

If you have problems applying, contact

0203 44 75084