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Job opportunity - Senior Research Fellow/Associate Professor

Posted on July 10th 2019

The Community and Primary Care Research Group within the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences at the University of Plymouth is looking to appoint a Senior Research Fellow or Associate Professor with expertise in qualitative methods and health services research to join the NIHR-funded dementia care programme, D-PACT (Dementia Person Aligned Care Team).

Research in this group is conducted through the involvement of practitioners, and the public, who are instrumental in helping to develop focused research questions and in designing projects.  Our research is often directed towards those individuals who are the most excluded or disempowered, have mental health problems and have difficulty accessing services.  Key areas focus on person-centred care, developing and evaluating complex interventions and the application of innovative methodologies including public and patient involvement. 

With a democratic ethos and a high level of success in attracting funding, the CPCRG is committed to improving public health and patient outcomes through innovative health research and implementation. 

You will be responsible for the development and leadership of an NIHR-funded programme, Dementia Person Aligned Care Team (D-PACT), that aims to develop and evaluate a multidisciplinary complex intervention based in primary care for improving wellbeing and health related quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.

The programme will build theory in order to develop and iteratively test the feasibility of a primary care based, person centred dementia support intervention, the resulting evidence of which will inform a randomized controlled trial.  Outcomes from this programme have the potential to inform practice and process for dementia care within the NHS.   

This post is key to ensuring the successful delivery of D-PACT and we are looking for a highly motivated individual with a strong background in health services research. You will be responsible for leading and co-ordinating the programme across multiple sites and for developing the practical and scientific foundation for the proposed RCT.  This will include developing a core set of outcome and process measures, assessing the feasibility of trial procedures through piloting, development and coordination of the intervention and development of the RCT protocol.

You will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification in a health services research or related field of study.  You will have excellent knowledge of UK health services and social care research sufficient to enable innovation and new understanding in the field, as well as skills in the application of mixed methods to health services research. Expertise in intervention development and evaluation is desirable. 

You should tailor your application towards the Job Description for which you meet the criteria, although the university reserves the right to make an offer at the appropriate level in relation to skills and experience aligned with Plymouth's Academic Career Pathways.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Professor Richard Byng by email or by telephone on 01752 764260. 

This vacancy will involve working with children and/or vulnerable adults and any appointment will be subject to receipt of clearance for the Protection of Children from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

This is a full-time post working up to 37 hours per week (part-time working arrangements may be considered) on a fixed-term basis for up to 48 months due to funding.  

Salary: £40,792 to £48,677 pa Grade 8 or £50,132 to £58,089 pa Grade 9

The closing date for applications is 21 July 2019, with interviews likely to take place on Tuesday 30 July. Applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted or not.

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