NIHR Clinical Research Network

National Specialty Lead – ENT

Reporting to a Deputy Medical Director, you will provide leadership of the specialty at a national level and promote the engagement, placement and delivery of studies. You will understand NHS research priorities, the needs of your specialty area, and have good links to the NHS strategic clinical leadership. In partnership with the Research Delivery Team locally and nationally, you will advise on study delivery from a clinical perspective and promote continuous improvement. In conjunction with the Business Development and Marketing Directorate, you will proactively develop effective relationships with decision-makers in the public sector, charity and life science funding organisations and companies to further the aims of the NIHR CRN. You will have a recognised reputation within the field and have the ability to engage with senior stakeholders both internally and externally.

Introduction to the NIHR Clinical Research Network

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) provides the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS and wider social care environment in England. This includes assisting researchers and funders to deliver their studies in the NHS, and supporting the research community to maximise the value of leading-edge approaches and techniques, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments.

The CRN is a managed network, consisting of a broad alliance including Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, five Russell Group Universities, and PA Consulting. It is supported by a national CRN Coordinating Centre (CC) and funded by the Department of Health until March 2023.

Alliance university partners provide Cluster leadership delivering national academic and clinical leadership for 31 CRN research specialties along with a focus on emerging technologies and innovation. The position of National Specialty Lead provides the opportunity for a high-calibre clinical leader to provide expert advice to the CRN and work with the national and international health and life-sciences industry (non-commercial, pharma, med-tech, diagnostics and biotech) to make the NHS a benchmark of excellence for the research community.

Role Outline

Reports to:

NIHR Deputy Medical Directors.

Employed by:

Current employing organisation. PA reimbursement enabled through Local Clinical Research Network (LCRN).

PA allocation:

Reimbursement of 1 PA to employing organisation.


From date of appointment to end March 2024, with annual review.


Current place of employment.


Post holder will be expected to travel nationally and, on occasion, internationally.


The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Friday 18 March 2022.

To apply, please send a CV and a (one page max) statement setting out your vision and suitability for the role via email to Confirmation from your employer that they are willing to put in place arrangements to allow you to take on this role would also be useful at this stage.

Interviews will be held on 6 April 2022.

More information about the role can be found here