We are committed to developing our nurses and HCAs, including “Research Opportunities”.

It’s a fact: research-active hospitals do better and can provide an enhanced experience to patients, carers and their families. Join us and make a difference to the lives of many.

Research opportunities to help our nurses and HCAs develop

Research Saves Lives. There is no better time to join us at UHL. We have played a pivotal role in the fight against coronavirus and were recognised as one of the best performing hospitals in the country. We have recruited more patients than any other hospital on the Recovery trial: a RANDOMISED EVALUATION OF COVID-19 THERAPY.

We can offer you many opportunities at UHL to include an exciting career in research as a research champion, an academic career or a combination of both. Our strong partnership with the University of Leicester (UoL) and De Montford University (DMU) create an ideal and flourishing environment for the novice student and the more experienced practitioner with an interest in academia.

For more information contact:

Antonella Ghezzi 
Head of Research (N&M and AHPs)
Email [email protected]

UHL hosts the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and the NIHR Clinical Research Facilities, as well as the NIHR Patient Recruitment Centre. This internationally acclaimed infrastructure forms an excellent platform for development. You will be working as a clinical practitioner in one of our many clinical areas at UHL and still have the opportunity to be involved in clinical trials. Our Research and Innovation department is a supportive hub for your research needs and in collaboration with the wider teams can streamline your interests and offer advice.

Your development is one of our priorities and can offer academic support from post graduate to PhDs/Doctorate level. We have a number of N&Ms in post who are either completing or already hold advanced qualifications to include masters and doctorates. We want to share our passion and enthusiasm with you.

It’s a fact: research-active hospitals do better and can provide an enhanced experience to patients, carers and their families. Join us and make a difference to the lives of many.

Studies open to recruitment
More than 500 studies open to recruitment.
Patients recruited
More than 10,000 patients recruited and offered to participate in further research.
Nurses and midwives
Research nurses and midwives working across disciplines and embedded in clinical wards and outpatients’ departments.

Figures are for 2022

Recognition and awards

We recognise your contribution and commitment to the delivery of clinical care and research opportunities. Many of our nurses and midwives work across multiple disciplines as well as maintaining their clinical competencies. Our nurses and midwives also lead and support clinical trials.

Roll of honour: Hope nurses collect award on behalf of Hope Against Cancer

Hope Against Cancer, the Leicestershire and Rutland cancer research charity that donates so much funding to our research projects and to the Hope Cancer Trials Centre, has been recognised by Voluntary Action Leicestershire as its ‘County Charity of the Year’.

The award is accepted on behalf of not only of all the researchers, consultants, academics, administrators and medical staff that benefited from Hope funding, but also the charity’s direct employees, supporters, donors and volunteers. Two of our wonderful Hope Cancer Trials Centre nursing staff, Theresa Beaver and Molly Scotland (pictured), were on hand to receive the award.

Colleague Stories

For me, it’s about making a difference to people

“That might be today, but it’s more likely in the future, when we know more about how we can prevent and treat conditions through the research findings.”

Kylie Jackson, Developmental Renal Research Nurse (DRRN)

really excited and happy, a great opportunity

“I am really excited and happy to have been offered and accepted on the RCN Clinical Leadership Programme for Specialist Nurses. I feel this course would allow me to develop my leadership skills, so I can progress within my career”

Kate Porter, Respiratory Research Nurse, Leicester Respiratory Biomedical Research Centre

Take the next step towards a more rewarding career


At University Hospitals of Leicester, we are a forward thinking team with a philosophy of providing the best possible care to women, babies, and their families. This is achieved by providing effective training, education and working collaboratively as a midwifery and medical team.


At UHL nursing is varied and exciting with many of our specialities offering the latest technologies, techniques and medicines. We develop a highly skilled and motivated nursing workforce who care for our patients and each other with kindness and respect


The Nursing Associate role is still relatively new. Depending on the place of employment, skills and responsibilities will vary but they play a key role within the healthcare team. UHL host the Leicestershire School of Nursing Associates that have up to 150 trainee places per year.


At University Hospitals of Leicester, Healthcare Assistants make sure the patient experience is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. It can also be the stepping stone into many other NHS roles, particularly roles such as a Nursing Associate or Registered Nurse.