Clinical Research Physician II
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At ICON, it’s our people that set us apart. Our diverse teams enable us to become a better partner to our customers and help us to fulfil our mission to advance and improve patients’ lives.
Our ‘Own It’ culture is driven by four key values that bring us together as individuals and set us apart as an organisation: Accountability & Delivery, Collaboration, Partnership and Integrity. We want to be the Clinical Research Organisation that delivers excellence to our clients and to patients at every touch-point. In short, to be the partner of choice in drug development.
That’s our vision. We’re driven by it. And we need talented people who share it.
If you’re as driven as we are, join us. You’ll be working in a dynamic and supportive environment, with some of the brightest and the friendliest people in the sector, and you’ll be helping shape an industry.
Job Summary for Research Physician II:
This role will aid in recruiting and screening healthy volunteers and patients for clinical trials, and provide medical support for the conduct of studies. You will also be responsible for the safety and welfare of volunteers and patients during studies. We would expect the Research Physician II to provide medical input into study protocols, interim reports, safety reports and final study reports, assisting project management with the leadership of studies, and liaise with Sponsor companies from a medical perspective, aswell as develop and maintain a high level of skill in designing, conducting, and interpreting clinical pharmacology studies. We will also require the successful candidate to maintain level of skills necessary for the practice of clinical medicine.
• Recognise, exemplify and adhere to ICON's values which centres around our commitment to People, Clients and Performance.
• As a member of staff, the employee is expected to embrace and contribute to our culture of process improvement with a focus on streamlining our processes adding value to our business and meeting client needs.
• Travel (up to 10%) domestic and/or international.
• Work within the context of the Unit’s Standard Operating Procedures with Recruitment and screening of volunteers and patients
• To inform volunteers and patients of all aspects of a study, prior to participation, and obtain written and fully informed consent.
• To be responsible for conducting the clinical evaluation of healthy volunteers and patients for specific studies through thorough medical history and physical examination.
• To inspect laboratory biochemistry, hematology, microbiology and ECG results and assess their significance in relation to volunteer and patient participation in studies.
• To assess eligibility of subjects for clinical trials against the inclusion and exclusion criteria in the context of sound clinical judgement.
• To assist in maintaining and updating the volunteer database, ensuring a good level of communication with Volunteer Recruitment and Screening Services.
• To act as Co-Investigator for studies, actively supporting the Principal Investigator in the supervision of the conduct of studies and ensure that the protocol is strictly adhered to, in accordance with ICH-GCP.
• To prescribe study drug in accordance with the protocol.
• To assist in the correct drug dosage and administration procedures as necessary.
• To assist nursing staff in the insertion of intravenous cannulae for venous access utilizing current best practice.
• To assist with collection of blood and other samples as determined by the protocol and Clinical Unit requirements.
• To conduct physician-specific safety and pharmacodynamic assessments as determined by the protocol.
*Supervision of the safety of volunteers/patients during studies
• To maintain a high standard of subject welfare and safety alongside exemplary data integrity.
• Monitor study subjects at least once daily whilst resident in the Clinical Unit through clinical evaluation, safety laboratory tests, ECG recordings and other pharmacodynamic assessments as determined by the study protocol, initiating additional procedures where appropriate to enhance subject safety.
• Monitor any adverse reactions should they occur and conduct further examination and investigations based on clinical judgement.
• Complete the Case Report Form with specific reference to the Adverse Event recording, reviewing these frequently and ensuring follow up to resolution.
• To present study-specific safety issues at the weekly Clinical Safety Meetings, ensuring the rest of the physician team are adequately briefed regarding studies for which they have responsibility.
• Ensure good communication with nursing staff with regards to subject welfare and safety.
• Be available on a rostered 24-hour on-call basis for volunteer/patients on a rotational basis.
• Assist project management in the leadership of studies.
• To meet and discuss details of studies with representatives of Sponsor companies, helping to develop the protocol, advising on medical and safety issues and providing regular updates to Sponsors as necessary. This will be done with the knowledge and support of the Principal Investigator.
• To attend Research Ethics Committee meetings when invited and to present proposed study protocols to the Ethics Committee, highlighting specific safety and ethical issues for consideration.
• To take a leading role in the review and development of clinical protocols, summaries, safety and final study reports.
*Development and maintenance of expertise
• To develop and maintain a high level of skills in designing, conducting and interpreting clinical pharmacology studies by reading relevant scientific literature and through attending courses/conferences/symposia.
• To participate in continued professional development (including Higher Medical Training/Specialist Training) through enrolment of courses leading to additional qualifications such as the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine or Diploma in Human Pharmacology.
• To maintain a high level of awareness of major issues in general medicine and the pharmaceutical industry.
• To maintain a high level of clinical skills in the management of medical emergencies, including the management of the cardio-respiratory arrest/peri-arrest scenario in accordance with best medical practice and nationally recognised guidelines, including those published by the Resuscitation Council (UK).
• Maintain acute care skills.
• Take part in regular and systematic audits, responding to the audit results by improving practice, for example by undertaking further training.
• To maintain a training record and portfolio of activity.
• Any other duties as assigned commensurate with skills and qualifications and appropriate to the role.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Criminal Records Bureau to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Benefits of Working in ICON:
Our success depends on the quality of our people. That’s why we’ve made it a priority to build a culture that rewards high performance and nurtures talent.
We offer very competitive salary packages. And to keep them competitive, we regularly benchmark them against our competitors. Our annual bonuses reflect delivery of performance goals – both ours and yours.
We also provide a range of health-related benefits to employees and their families and offer competitive retirement plans – and related benefits such as life assurance – so you can save and plan with confidence for the years ahead.
But beyond the competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, you’ll benefit from an environment where you are encouraged to fulfil your sense of purpose and drive lasting change.
ICON is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
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