University of Leeds

University of Leeds

NIHR Research Delivery Network National Specialty Lead (Secondment)

NIHR Research Delivery Network National Specialty Lead (Secondment)

Do you want to work for an outstanding organisation at the forefront of Health and Care research delivery?

The University of Leeds has been chosen by the Department of Health and Social Care to lead the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Research Delivery Network (RDN). The NIHR RDN provides the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in health and care settings in England. This includes assisting researchers and funders to deliver their studies in health and care settings, and supporting the research community to maximise access to leading-edge approaches and innovation, through research participation, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments and models of care.

We are seeking to appoint individuals with extensive experience of senior leadership within a health or care specialty to 30 National Specialty Lead part-time roles to act as high calibre ambassadors for the NIHR RDN and to provide senior leadership and strategic direction for matters of research delivery across the relevant specialty.

The roles are available in the following Specialties on a 0.1 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) basis (more FTE may be available for several posts as detailed in the further particulars): Ageing; Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management; Cancer; Cardiovascular; Children; Critical Care; Dementia & Neurodegeneration; Dermatology; Diabetes, Metabolic & endocrine; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & Hepatology; Genetics; General Practice; Haematology; Imaging; Infection; Mental Health; Musculoskeletal & Orthopaedics; Neurology; Ophthalmology; Oral & Dental; Palliative Care; Public Health; Renal; Reproductive Health & Childbirth; Respiratory; Social Care; Stroke; Surgery; Trauma & Emergency Care.

These high-profile national roles will report into the RDN Strategic Development Director and form part of the RDN National Specialty and Setting Leadership team, and will proactively develop effective relationships with decision-makers in the public sector, charity and life science organisations (non-commercial, pharma, medtech, diagnostics and biotech) and other related external stakeholders to further the aims of the NIHR RDN. The posts will commence from April 2024.

To explore the post further or for any queries please contact [email protected]

Additional Information:

For more information on the NIHR Research Delivery Network see the NIHR website and the RDN microsite

Location: Other

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Medicine & Health School/Institute: National Institute of Health and Care Research Section: Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre Category: Professional & Managerial Grade: N/A Post Type: Part Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (Secondment for 3 years from 01/04/24) Release Date: Friday 02 February 2024 Closing Date: Sunday 25 February 2024 Reference: MHNCC1547 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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NIHR Research Delivery Network National Specialty Lead (Secondment)


University of Leeds


United Kingdom


February 03, 2024

Application deadline

February 25, 2024

Job type



Biology,Medicine,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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