Impact Lead

Twickenham, London (Greater)
16 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Impact Lead

Salary:  Competitive  
Location:  Twickenham 
Contract:  Permanent
Hours:  37.5 per week
Payband: 2
Reference No: LGCINT16-311
Closing date:  13th December  2016

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Central Commissioning Facility (CCF), based at LGC Ltd ( in Twickenham, manages a number of research funding programmes on behalf of the NIHR and the Department of Health (DH) with a total annual value in excess of £400m. This is an exciting opportunity within NIHR CCF to oversee and develop our nascent programme of impact assessment on the research we manage on behalf of the NIHR. Impact assessment is seen to be key in the validation of the use of taxpayers’ funds spent on research across the country but in particular in terms of identifying real patient benefit attributable to our programmes.

Job purpose to:

Reporting to the CCF Head of Impact (HoI) this role is responsible for overseeing the operationalisation of a new Impact Strategy for NIHR CCF. The main duties of the Impact Lead will be focused on identifying and creating the appropriate procedures and methodologies to identify and appraise possible impact opportunities; liaising with internally and externally on appropriate routes for impact assessment; providing training and other materials to raise awareness of impact; where appropriate supporting the development of NIHR wide systems and procedures to improve the recording and evidencing of the impact of research and our own work; providing updates on progress with impact case studies; and ensuring that we support and maximise the benefits of the extensive public engagement work undertaken at CCF, supporting other managing agents and NIHR itself.

Key accountabilities

Operations and development

  • Working with the Head of Impact and appropriate staff members to identify and develop the potential impact case studies to validate NIHR investment for patient benefit.
  • Responsible for the coordination of the research programmes activities around impact assessment.
  • Assist the Head of Impact with high level liaison with stakeholders (clinicians, academics, NHS managers, DH officials) on the Impact Strategy scope, process and performance; working particularly closely with the Impact Officers (or equivalent) on Programmes impact evaluation and assessment including when deputised liaising with other funders interested in impact assessment and evaluation and attending external meetings with DH for contract review, programmes evaluation, strategy and review
  • Developing and implementing structure and procedures to allow data capture and analysis and reporting on possible impact using existing systems and outside sources (Researchfish, AltMetrics etc)
  • Quality checks and sign off of minutes and other relevant and appropriate external documentation.
  • Providing regular financial forecasts for the Department of Health on Impact Strategy spend
  • Assisting with the response to Parliamentary Questions or briefing requests
  • Overseeing our approach to Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), to ensure PPI processes are supported within the Programme
  • Overseeing the programme delivery of the GMG quality framework for operating the programmes, including overseeing the writing and updating SOPs and ensuring that these are followed by members of the programme team
  • Ensuring continuous improvement of Programme management processes (as part of a CCF-wide initiative to improve processes and achieve harmonisation wherever possible)
  • Responsible for data quality and compliance of research management tools and systems

Staff management

  • Responsible for staff planning, rotas, role allocations, training and development co-ordination, overseeing and co-ordinating the annual LGC performance appraisal process
  • Responsible for establishing, implementing and overseeing Impact staff recruitment process
  • Responsible for the coordination and development of the CCF Impact Squad
  • Mentoring and training new and existing staff

Candidate specification:

Required knowledge, experience and technical skills

  • B.Sc. in science, engineering, social science or economics (a Ph.D. in a medical, scientific or technical discipline or a MBA is desirable)
  • Experience of managing diverse internal and external relationships
  • Previous experience of working in the NHS or University sector would be desirable
  • Proven track record in project management
  • Previous experience of research management or research funding is essential.
  • Evidence of relevant training such as the International School of Research Impact Assessment  (ISRIA) or the relevant impact modules from the Association of Research Managers and Administrators would be desirable.
  • A genuine excitement for health and social care research
  • Understanding of the importance of measuring and demonstrating the impact of health/medical research
  • The ability to quickly understand new research areas
  • Understanding of the R&D process including technology transfer and IP
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • A track record of successful project management, within the health research setting
  • Excellent organisational skills, including a keen focus on delivery, with meticulous record keeping
  • Excellent writing, meeting and financial management skills
  • A self starter who is comfortable with complexity and diversity of responsibilities and deliverables
  • Driven to achieve targets and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a team and delegate effectively
  • Excellent communication skills and customer focus, including experience of external liaison
  • Experience of writing grant applications is desirable, as is a knowledge of the relevant research approvals (e.g. ethics, MHRA)
  • Good IT skills, particularly in Microsoft Excel

Due to the nature of the role applicants may be required to be security vetted; therefore, applicants  may be required to be security vetted; therefore, applicants must be currently resident in the UK and have been continuously for at least three years. Previous applicants need not reapply.

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