Research Fellow: Older People with Complex Health Needs

University of Hertfordshire - School of Health and Social Work

FTE: Full Time, working 37 hours per week (1.0 FTE)

Duration of Contract: 5 years from October 2017

Qualifications required:
The person appointed will have a doctoral level qualification and experience of researching issues around the care of older people with complex health needs, such as dementia, frailty and multimorbidity. They will have a minimum of one peer reviewed publication.

Description of the research activity and area:
This Fellowship is an opportunity to develop world-leading research relating to health and care for older people with complex health needs. The fellow will be expected to make a significant contribution to the current programme of work conducted by our team of researchers in the Older People’s Health and Complex Conditions Research Unit (OPH) in the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC) in the School of Health and Social Work.

The appointed Fellow will be expected to develop research that links with or builds on one or more of the following research areas:

  • How to improve health and care environments for people living with dementia and comorbid conditions and their unpaid carers,
  • How to improve health and care environments for older people with complex needs, such as frailty or multimorbidity and their unpaid carers
  • Diagnosis and post-diagnosis support for people living with dementia
  • Shared decision making for older people with complex health needs

This is a career development post and the successful applicant should be ambitious in terms of achieving 3-4* outputs throughout the Fellowship as well as being prepared to undertake activities to maximise impact from the research conducted. The Fellow is expected to apply for nationally recognised research funding during the Fellowship, from funders such as the National Institute of Health Research or charities such as the Alzheimer’s Society. The Fellow will be supported in writing high quality bids and publications by experienced academics. The successful candidate will be based in the School of Health and Social Work, in the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC). The Centre has an international reputation for research across a range of public health and community care topics and employs approximately 30 academic and research staff who work in teams across research programme areas (

There is no undergraduate teaching requirement attached to this post but there will be opportunities for post graduate teaching and supervision.

Skills and experience needed:
The post holder should have relevant knowledge and experience of conducting research around the health and wellbeing of older people, particularly those with complex needs. They should have experience in disseminating findings to scientific audiences, and writing up journal publications, preferably in one of the areas related to the fellowship. The post holder should have excellent oral and written communication skills in both spoken and written English and be able to establish good rapport and effective communication with older participants. The fellow should have Knowledge of research methodology appropriate for the subject area and Knowledge of appropriate databases for the discipline and ability to conduct literature searches in the discipline using appropriate electronic resources.

Description of the School:
The School of Health and Social Work ( is one of the country's largest providers of health and social work education and over 80% of its research outputs, submitted to the REF under UoA2b (nursing and allied health professions), were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent; 100% of the research submitted was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of its impact. CRIPACC has an established track record in fostering and supporting Patient and Public involvement in research and has ongoing working partnerships with local, regional and international public health and food stakeholders.

Contact: Informal enquiries are encouraged; please contact Dr Frances Bunn to arrange a time to discuss the post email: or tel: 01707 286457.

The University offers a range of benefits including a pension scheme, professional development, family friendly policies, child care vouchers, a fee waiver of 50% for all children of staff under the age of 21 at the start of the course, discounted memberships at the Hertfordshire Sports Village and generous annual leave.