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NIHR Learning and Development Collaborative, Training Lead

LGC Limited - Grant Management Group, Health Science & Innovation

Contract: 6 months fixed term; LGC welcomes applications for full or part time hours

Reporting to: Director Innovation Programmes

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation funded through the Department of Health.  NIHR is the research arm of the NHS. Together, NIHR people, facilities and systems represent the most integrated clinical research system in the world, driving research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients and the economy.

LGC is an international life sciences company working with customers in the government, academic, pharmaceutical, agricultural biotechnology, food, environment, security and sports sectors achieve excellence in investigative, diagnostic and measurement science.  LGC’s Grant Management Group (GMG) are experts in managing research funding to maximise its impact. 

On behalf of the UK Department of Health, GMG manages two important components of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): the Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) and the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI).  The duties of the CCF and NOCRI staff (referred to as NIHR members) include the management of a range of health research funding programmes, evaluation of the impact of NIHR funding and fostering collaborations between clinical research teams with partners including industrial companies and charities.

Job Purpose:

We are looking for a NIHR Learning and Development Collaborative Training Lead to join our team to act as a focal point for the development of a NIHR member training curriculum, training hub and training materials appropriate to the needs of staff working across the components of the NIHR.  The Training Lead may also be involved in the delivery of training.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

  • Contributing to the development and refinement of a training curriculum (“Training Matrix”) covering all aspects of the Learning and Development needs of NIHR members:
    • Interviewing stakeholders to refine our understanding of training needs
    • Preparing documents describing the training curriculum and training modules
    • Preparing a detailed plan for development and delivery of training materials and activities
  • Contributing to the preparation of training content covering all aspects of the Learning and Development needs of NIHR members:
    • Helping content authors structure training modules
    • Providing editorial feedback on training materials authored by others
    • Providing advice on training methodologies
    • Providing advice on the role of training within a balanced approach to learning and development
    • Providing advice on multimedia and approaches to trainee engagement
    • (optional) Authoring of training content
  • Managing a central repository of training materials:
    • Establishing the central repository
    • Operating the repository to ensure collation and use of training resources
    • Developing an operating manual for use of the system by colleagues and trainees
    • Training colleagues on the use of the systems
    • Considering options for integration of training records with employer systems
  • Operational support for training events is provided by our Operations Team.  However, the job holder will be required to supplement the work of this team through undertaking additional tasks including, but not limited to:
    • Coordination, management and delivery of events e.g., conferences, workshops, events and meetings
    • Preparation of meeting minutes and reports for wider dissemination, including follow-up and successful delivery of actions where appropriate
  • Collaborate with GMG’s HR Business Partner to ensure that the training hub feeds into the GMG People Plan, supporting the wider learning and development needs of GMG staff
  • (optional) Delivery of training:
    • Subject to experience and capability the job holder may be asked to contribute to delivering training as part of workshops

Key Relationships:

The post-holder will work closely with CCF and NOCRI team members and will also liaise frequently with relevant colleagues from other parts of the NIHR family and within the Department of Health, particularly the RDD Science, Research and Evidence team.

Required Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills:


  • A good degree or equivalent expertise gained through previous employment
  • A track record of successful management and delivery of projects
  • Previous experience in coordinating and developing training courses
  • Experience of liaising with individuals in a variety of organisations with an ability to create favourable working relationships easily
  • Advanced computer skills, in particular in Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Proficient in the use of email and other web-based applications, including online databases


  • Previous experience of using learning management systems or virtual learning environments
  • Previous experience in coordinating and delivering training courses
  • Previous experience of working with the NIHR
  • A learning and development qualification from a recognised body, e.g. CIPD
  • An understanding of how clinical research in the NHS is carried out, and of the role of the NIHR

Behaviours and Competencies Required:

  • Exceptional organisational skills, including excellent attention to detail, meetings management and record keeping
  • An outgoing and engaging personality with excellent interpersonal and communication skills – written and verbal
  • A proactive, self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic team player who can work independently and as part of a team and contribute to the development of a positive, can-do culture
  • Confidence and diplomacy when dealing with NIHR stakeholders who have diverse levels of experience and seniority
  • Ability to understand the complex NIHR system in a way that emphasises the benefits to external stakeholders
  • Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines
  • Demonstrates LGC’s core values of passion, curiosity, integrity, brilliance and respect

Additional Requirements for this Role:

  • This role will be based in Twickenham and will require occasional travel to central London and within the UK

Due to the highly sensitive nature of the work, applicants should note that security clearance may be required for this role. To gain security clearance you must have three years continuous residency in the UK. Criminal convictions may prevent you from gaining security clearance. This role may in addition require random alcohol/drug screening.     

To apply, please forward your CV to

Location: Twickenham
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th August 2018
Closes: 6th October 2018
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