Clinical Lead Research

Accountable to

  • Assistant Director of Clinical Innovation and Research

Term of office

  • One-year fixed term (potential to renew at end of term) 


  • RCGP standard rate for clinical leads 2 sessions per week and 46 weeks per year. Some travel required but will be fully reimbursed provided that the College travel booking system and policy is adhered to.

Overall purpose 

  • To work alongside the RCGP's Research and Evaluation (R&E) team to support the development of programmes to support RCGP members engage in research and surveillance and build capacity for research within general practice.

About RCGP

We are the professional membership body for GPs in the UK. Our purpose is to encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards in general medical practice. We support GPs through all stages of their career, from medical students considering general practice, through to training, qualified years and retirement.

About the Clinical Innovation and Research Centre

At the Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) we deliver a wide portfolio of projects that serve to raise the profile of clinical areas in primary care. We work with GPs and practice staff, supporting them to deliver a better quality and level of care to their patients.

Working across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, we work in partnership with a variety of funders, including charities and government bodies, to develop practical support and resources. We champion innovation and quality to ensure that primary care is clinically effective and sustainable for the future. We continuously contribute to changing the face of primary healthcare by delivering excellence in clinical priorities, innovation, quality improvement and research.

The Role

The Clinical Lead for Research will be responsible for providing clinical input and direction to the Research and Evaluation (R&E) Department within CIRC. They will support the development of programmes to support RCGP members engage in research and surveillance and build capacity for research within general practice.
It is expected that the post holder will focus activities on:

  • Developing support resources for GPs seeking to engage in research activities that is, a 'Research Engagement Toolkit'.
  • Undertaking a review and subsequent improvement of the RCGP Research Ready® programme.
  • Working closely alongside external stakeholders such as the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research network (CRN).
  • Supporting other R&E programmes as required such as Impact from Research and Research awards/ funding. 
  • Advising on member and sector facing communication campaigns to best engage GPs in research.
  • Identifying and advising on new opportunities for the RCGP to engage meaningfully with R&E activities.

The post holder will work alongside the management team, project clinicians, Heads of Departments and Assistant Director to further develop, support and manage work streams and generate new opportunities. They will work with external stakeholders, project funders and RCGP members to ensure that our work meets sector needs. 

Principal responsibilities

  • To provide clinical input into the RCGP's programme of research support and evaluation.
  • To clinically lead projects within the department, including project steering and quality assurance, working alongside the Assistant Director of CIRC and R&E team to prioritise work programmes and need for clinical input.
  • To work with key College staff and other clinicians to ensure that the College is responsive to the needs of GPs in terms of research skill development and study delivery.
  • To collaborate with key College staff and clinicians in ensuring the R&E programmes is fully integrated with other College functions including Innovation, Clinical Quality, Curriculum and Professional Development.
  • To identify new developments (national and international) in research and advise on their significance for the RCGP programmes.
  • To work collaboratively with the Assistant Director of CIRC, Director of the Research and Surveillance Centre and the R&E team to build and manage external relationships, including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and other Medical Royal Colleges and professional bodies (medical and non-medical), national health services (UK- wide), charities and other organisations.
  • To work collaboratively with the Assistant Director of CIRC and R&E team to build the R&E programme and initiate new activities and projects.
  • To act on the request of the Chair of Council or other senior clinical leaders as a spokesperson or formal Representative for the College on matters relating to research as appropriate. 
  • To work collaboratively with the CIRC communications manager and College PR team to oversee website content and wider communications related to Research as appropriate. 

Essential attributes

  • Be a member of the RCGP in good standing. (This includes international membership)
  • Hold the MRCGP or an equivalent postgraduate medical qualification 
  • To have been in active clinical practice as a GP within the past three years, that is:
  • On the GMC GP Register with a licence to practise in good standing
  • Undergoing annual GP appraisal that meets the requirements for revalidation
  • Postgraduate research training and experience (for example, PhD) 
  • A wide-ranging and detailed knowledge of the principles of research development and delivery in primary care
  • Experience of developing guidance, support and learning resources related to research and evaluation 
  • An in-depth knowledge of the current challenges and opportunities facing general practice and primary care research
  • Experience of delivering research studies in the practice setting
  • Experience of representing general practice on the regional or national level to stakeholders within primary care and healthcare 
  • Experience of forming strategic relationships and influencing national level stakeholders
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting scholarship in GP practice 
  • Demonstrable communication, team-building and leadership skills
  • Flexible, innovative and proactive style and working approach 
  • Appropriate levels of IT literacy

Desirable attributes

  • Currently active in a formal clinical - academic role 
  • Experience of leading national programmes of research (including delivery in practice)
  • Experience on income generation and bid writing
  • Experience as a GP trainer and of organizing GP education and training

How to apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter addressing the requirements of the role to to be received no later than the closing date: 15 February 2019

Interview date

  • 6-8 March 2018

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