Chief Operating Officer CRN Wessex

Updated: 30 days ago
Location: Southampton, ENGLAND

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
About the NIHR Clinical Research Network

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) coordinates and supports the delivery of clinical research in the NHS and the wider health and social care system, and supports patients, the public, and health and care organisations across England to participate in high-quality research, thereby advancing knowledge and improving care.

The NIHR CRN comprises 15 local research networks and 30 specialties that coordinate and support the delivery of high-quality research both by geography and therapy area. Clinical Research Network Wessex (CRN Wessex), one of the 15 local research networks,  is hosted by University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and coordinates and supports research across Hampshire, Dorset, South Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight.

  • Strategy and Leadership - instrumental in driving forward short and long-term strategy – in line with national objectives and aligning with local priorities.
  • Business planning & change management - ensure all business planning, implementation and reporting requirements of the LCRN, ensuring these are met in line with the LCRN Host Organisation Contract.
  • Operational management - manage network in line with the requirements of the LCRN Host Organisation Contract.
  • Organisational development
    • Model NIHR CRN’s values and champion the NHS Constitution.
    • Actively manage and support the development of individuals and the team through appraisal, personal development planning, coaching and mentoring.
    • Take a lead role in workforce planning, development and review to ensure a workforce with the right, numbers, skills and behaviours to deliver a flexible and responsive service.
    • Ensure professional supervisory arrangements are in place for the workforce.
    • Develop effective working relationships with HEEs, AHSNs, universities, and other local stakeholders and partners.
    • Ensure equity of access to training and developmental opportunities for all staff – consistent with local need and national priorities.
    • Promote a learning organisation that uses the knowledge and skills of all members to improve performance and generate helpful and shared outputs.
  • Performance, information & quality assurance management - establish processes for robust performance management to ensure the LCRN Host Organisation Contract is delivered.
  • Life Sciences Industry
    • Champion the NIHR CRN Life Sciences Industry research delivery within the LCRN and the importance and contribution of the Life Sciences Industry to the NHS.
    • Drive forward the NIHR CRN Industry strategy within the LCRN – to align with national objectives and local priorities.
    • Ensure that feasibility services to the Life Sciences Industry are provided consistently, within the required timeframes and to a high quality standard in line with identified national standard operating procedures and local best practice.
  • Financial and general management - lead on the effective financial management of the LCRN annual budget.
  • Continuous improvement
    • Utilise performance data including benchmarking to drive forward improvements in service delivery and performance.
    • Introduce improvement approaches to streamline operational delivery systems and processes in order to ensure maximum speed of delivery, optimal efficiency and productivity and improved value for money.
    • Ensure robust mechanisms for continuous operational and business improvement processes are established.
    • Review implement and maintain strategies and systems for quality assurance, to include audit and review.
  • NHS engagement
    • Ensure effective collaboration across all NHS sectors.
    • Ensure the work of the LCRN adds value to the NHS.
    • Ensure engagement and commitment from NHS organisations/ providers of NHS services, other parts of NIHR and key external stakeholders as appropriate to enable implementation of the CRN strategy.
  • Ensuring patient, carer and public impact on delivery of LCRN strategy
    • Act as a champion for patients, carers and the public, ensuring that their interests are meaningfully incorporated in the development of the LCRN.
    • Ensure all public, patient and carer involvement and engagement interactions with the LCRN are of the highest professional standard.
    • Embed patient, carer and public involvement within the LCRN at all appropriate levels of decision making.
  • Corporate governance - establish and maintain appropriate governance structures in line with the LCRN Host Organisation Contract.
  • Workforce / personnel (including education and training) - oversee the recruitment and ongoing management of the LCRN multi-professional staff team including: research delivery managers, research nurses, information managers, clinical research support staff/ multi-professional research support practitioners, data managers and dedicated administrative staff in line with DH guidance for use of NHS support resources.
  • Communication and relationships - oversee formal LCRN communications, including the preparation and delivery of presentations, reports and newsletters to the LCRN staff, members, stakeholders and other relevant groups in line with DH/NIHR corporate branding policies and guidelines.


    Experienced leader who is outcomes focussed with outstanding business, management and organisational skills, a sound knowledge of all sectors of the NHS and a track record in successfully leading and managing large scale change


    Interviews will be held on Monday 5 July 2021

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