Paediatric Clinical Research Nurse


The National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC) is the primary paediatric research institute in Ireland, and has both a state of the art research laboratory and the Children’s Clinical Research Unit at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. The NCRC funds research into childhood disease, and has a national and international reputation for the high quality of the research it conducts and funds.

The  NCRC is funded by the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation.

The Children’s Clinical Research Unit at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin supports clinical teams in the conduct of academic and commercial clinical research studies. In existence since 2010, the Unit has grown in terms of the number of studies that it supports and is striving to ensure that children have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from research within the facility, the hospital and wider research community.

We are currently recruiting for a Paediatric Clinical Research Nurse to provide support in the set-up, maintenance and close-out of clinical trials. The Research Nurse has a key role in the day to day running of the Children’s Clinical Research Unit (CCRU) and will work closely with multi-disciplinary teams, and with children and their families.

Dynamic, flexible nurses with a strong clinical skill set are invited to apply for this position.

Applications from entry level candidates to advanced practitioners will be considered. Training will be provided as required for development within the role.

Closing date for entries is the 7th of August.

Job Description:

Title:Paediatric Clinical Research Nurse (Allergy/Dermatology)
Location:Children’s Clinical Research Unit, National Children’s Research Centre, CHI at Crumlin
Hours:35 hours per week
Salary:Commensurate with individual’s experience and qualifications
Contract:Initial 2 year fixed term contract

Key Duties and Responsibilities may include:

  • Provide nursing care to children enrolled on clinical research studies
  • Key point of contact between the Research Team, CCRU Clinical Research Operations Manager and Sponsor for the coordination and monitoring of clinical study activities.
  • Assist in the delivery of a high quality research service with clinical expertise, professional advice, support, guidance and education to the multi-disciplinary team, children and their families.
  • Play a proactive role in driving research studies from screening of potential study participants through to recruitment and follow-up.
  • Contribute to the development of informed consent and assent forms and parent and patient information sheets.
  • Provide education to families and study participants to ensure they are fully informed about the research study, before recruitment and during study conduct as required.
  • Assist with the scheduling of study specific procedures, and support and carry out assessments as required.
  • Provide support with study initiation visits and monitoring visits.
  • Communicate study progress to the team and attend meetings as required.
  • Assist with the preparation of study feasibility assessments, ethics and regulatory applications for clinical studies.
  • Create and maintain study files and other required documentation.
  • Assist with tracking of study related activities.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of study documentation as required, including site files, source documentation and case record forms.
  • Ensure prompt management of all study related correspondence.
  • Responsible for data collection and entry, and query resolution.
  • Reporting of Adverse Events including Serious Adverse Events to Sponsor according to study timelines.
  • Assist with the collection and management of biological samples.
  • Prepare for study closure and archiving.
  • Perform other project activities as required in order to ensure that study timelines are met.
  • Adhere to CCRU and any relevant hospital or institution policies, SOPs or guidelines at all times.
  • Complete all assigned training and facilitate the development of others.
  • Promote a safe clinical environment for patients, families and staff with due regard for Health and Safety and Clinical Risk Management issues.
  • Coordinate and drive the development of Patient Public Involvement initiatives to promote the active involvement of young people in clinical research.

All duties will be carried out in accordance with ICH-GCP guidelines and all applicable laws and regulations for the conduct of clinical research.



  • RCN / RGN Child Branch with minimum two years of postgraduate experience or RGN with paediatric experience, or equivalent.
  • The interpersonal skills required to integrate as part of a diverse research team.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Readiness and ability to learn new skills as required by the position.
  • Well-developed IT skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently, self-directed but also with a positive attitude to working within a team and under supervision and direction.
  • Ability to organise and manage own workload.
  • Flexible approach, committed to providing excellent family centred care.


  • Previous clinical research experience or Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research (Nursing).
  • Experience in clinical trials of investigational medicinal products or medical devices.
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training.
  • Training in biological specimen handling and shipment.

Applicants must have the right to work in Ireland.

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