NUIG 213-18, Clinical Research Nurse (Psychiatry), National University of Ireland, Galway

NUIG 213-18, Clinical Research Nurse (Psychiatry), National University of Ireland, Galway

NUI Galway

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fixed-term contract position as a Clinical Research Nurse in psychiatry with the HRB Clinical Research Facility at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The position is available immediately, as a full time (1FTE) or part time (0.5FTE) post, and the initial contract duration is for 1 year, with the potential to extend subject to project success and funding acquisition.


The HRB Clinical Research Facility, Galway’s remit is to increase the amount of clinical research currently happening in Ireland. Nurses and medical doctors will work with other scientists to improve our understanding of a variety of diseases and to develop new tests and treatments to help tackle these diseases. The Centre will provide patients with the latest advances in areas such as cancer, obstetrics and gynecology, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, Critical Illness, cystic fibrosis, cardiovascular disease and mental illness.

  Purpose of Post

 The Clinical Research Nurse in psychiatry will work under the direction of the Clinical Research Unit Manager, Director of the Clinical Research Facility and Principal Investigators Prof. Colm McDonald, Prof. Gary Donohoe, and Dr. Brian Hallahan in conducting clinical research activities. Within the remit of this post, the successful individual will have responsibility for a caseload of studies and patients participating in Psychiatry/Psychology clinical trials and observational studies. He/She will be working within a highly qualified team to initiate, screen, and recruit, adhere-to-protocol and close-out of clinical psychiatry studies within the HRB Clinical Research Facility Galway (CRFG). They will make sure that the conduct of the trial is in compliance with the currently approved protocol/amendment(s), ensuring adherence to applicable regulations, standards and the principles of International Conference on Harmonisation, Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP).

Main Duties of the Post:

  • Adhering to CRFG SOPs for clinical research projects

  • Adhering to nursing procedures within the CRFG and hospital

  • Participating in the implementation of CRFG protocols

  • Recruitment of patients from local clinical mental health services

  • Planning and conducting clinical research activities to ensure the smooth operation of each study in the CRFG, as per best practice.

  • Participating in the education process of patients about their disease, clinical research participation plans, gold standard treatment options and outcomes.

  • Informing patients of all details pertaining to the clinical study/research project prior to their recruitment

  • Screening and helping to obtain fully informed consent from patients enrolling on CRFG studies

  • Helping to meet study specific target recruitment projections

    • Ensuring patient confidentiality and dignity is maintained at all times during all CRFG activities

    • Upkeep of the individual research documentation including site files, CRFs, monitoring arrangements, data correction etc. as they pertain to the CRFG.

    • Ensuring all CRFG studies are conducted to ICH-GCP standards

    • Providing nursing knowledge, expertise and care to patients participating in CRFG protocols and to nursing and other health care professional colleagues

    • Working within a multi-disciplinary team in evaluating and treating clinical problems in line with research protocol

    • Acquiring data from recruited participants related to the area of clinical expertise, including psychiatric diagnostic and symptom rating scales. 

    • Facilitating the ongoing education of multi-disciplinary teams with respect to ICH-GCP, specific protocol and research requirements

    • Ensuring continuity of patient care by liaising with outside health professionals and those who are involved with clinical work

    • Using agreed protocols to deal with referrals and enquiries from other hospitals/CRFs

    • Promoting a safe clinical environment for patients, visitors and staff of the CRFG

    • Undertaking further education as appropriate

    • Attending investigator meetings (national and international) and educational conferences where applicable


      Essential Requirements:

    • Current registration with the appropriate division of An Bord Altranais, for psychiatry nursing.

    • At least 1 year post graduate clinical experience working in the area of psychiatry

    • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

    • Good understanding of Clinical Research

    • Competence (or willingness to train) in phlebotomy procedures


    Desirable Requirements:

    • Experience in the field of clinical or translational research and/or academic studies.

    • Certified Good Clinical Practice training

    • Strong computer skills, including MS Office applications

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NUIG 213-18, Clinical Research Nurse (Psychiatry), National University of Ireland, Galway