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This is an exciting opportunity to work in the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) Science, Research and Evidence (SRE) Directorate. The Secretary of State for Health has a Statutory Duty to promote research and the use of research evidence, and SRE plays a central role in ensuring he is able to fulfil this duty. We do this by providing leadership, direction, and strategic oversight of the NHS, Public Health and Social Care research system, and through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the UK’s largest funder of translational and applied research.
The NIHR was established in 2006 to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. NIHR delivers against this mission through: funding, supporting and delivering high quality research; engaging and involving patients, carers and the public; attracting, training and supporting the best researchers; investing in world-class infrastructure and a skilled delivery workforce; partnering with other public funders, charities and industry. The NIHR research infrastructure aims to speed up translation of discoveries from basic science into leading-edge early translational (experimental medicine) research, through clinical research and via applied health and care research. The NIHR research infrastructure supports translation into patient benefits and drive economic growth by creating and harnessing world-class research infrastructure in the NHS and wider health and care system.
The role sits within the Faculty, Infrastructure and Growth team and provides a unique opportunity to influence the research ecosystem and develop national research policy/strategy that delivers patient benefit and contributes to UK growth. Working closely with the Portfolio Manager for Research Networks, the Deputy Director for Research Faculty, Infrastructure and Growth, DHSC SRE Senior Management Team and colleagues in other Government Departments, the Senior Research Policy Officer will develop and implement policies and initiatives that aim to improve the delivery of clinical research (including clinical trials) in the NHS and wider health and care system. Key responsibilities for the role:
Working within the Research Faculty, Infrastructure and Growth branch in
SRE, the post holder will:
• Support the management and oversight of strategy/policy development, implementation and delivery of a large portfolio of NIHR research infrastructure that support the delivery of research across the whole innovation pathway. This includes the NIHR Clinical Research Network, NIHR Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs) and NIHR/CRUK Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMCs). This portfolio represents a budget of circa £340 million per annum.
• Support the development and implementation of policies and initiatives that aim to create the best possible environment to deliver both commercial and non-commercial research that benefits patients and the public and contributes to growth. This will include supporting on initiatives such as policy issues related to research costing, service support and excess treatment costs, and increasing collaboration across NIHR research delivery infrastructure to deliver a diverse portfolio of research.
• Contribute to strategy/policy development for NIHR research delivery infrastructure so that it provides greater support for public health and social care research.
• Contractual management for NIHR Clinical Research Network involving contract oversight and performance monitoring, maintaining accurate financial records and returns, leading on any new procurement exercises and issuing new contracts.
• Working with NIHR Central Commissioning Facility and Cancer Research UK to support management of the portfolio of NIHR CRFs and ECMCs
• Provide briefing for Ministers, the Chief Medical Officer and senior officials as required. Responsibilities Key requirements for the role:
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of senior individuals both within DHSC and externally (life sciences industry, universities, NHS, research funders and other government departments).
• Strong analytical skills, demonstrating the ability to take information and evidence from a variety of sources to form recommendations about policies and initiatives.
• Strong evidence of delivering goals, targets and competing deadlines at pace.
• Ability to appropriately handle and manage changing and competing priorities.
• Excellent team work, including experience of working with a range of stakeholders and across a number of teams to deliver objectives.
• Experience of project management and budget management.
• Experience of R&D management and/or delivery within an NHS or University setting.
• Understanding of the role health research plays in improving the health of the nation and its contribution to economic growth.
• Understanding of how the health and care system supports and delivers life sciences clinical research, including the role of the NIHR Infrastructure. Behaviours We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:Changing and ImprovingSeeing the Big PictureLeadershipMaking Effective DecisionsWorking Together Benefits • Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension Things you need to know Security Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check. People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks. Selection process details This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience. NOTE: This post is being re-advertised with revised essential criteria. We welcome applications from any individuals with relevant experience. Previous applicants who met the suitability requirements but did not progress to interview are encouraged to reapply.
This vacancy is using Success Profiles and will assess your Experience and Behaviours.
Candidates are required to complete a 500-word statement of suitability as part of their application.
In their statement, candidates are asked to highlight why they are applying for the role, what skills and experience they would bring and how they meet the ‘Key Requirements for the role’ outlined above.
If there are high numbers of applicants, we will sift firstly on the statement of suitability and secondly on the ‘Changing and improving’ behaviour.
If successful at sifting stage, you will be invited to the final selection stage consisting of an experience/behaviours-based interview and presentation.
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