Senior Research Fellows - Fixed Term

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Quality & Safety Research Department

37.5 hours per week

Fixed Term 3 years in first instance                     

The Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre is a new £3 million national centre for patient safety research funded by the NIHR. We are excited to advertise for a Senior Research Fellow to work within the Centre, a collaboration between Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Universities of Leeds and Bradford. The new Centre will:

  • Draw on the knowledge and expertise of well-established networks of researchers, patients/carers, clinicians and industry partners to develop ideas (interventions) that address patient safety problems 
  • Enable and encourage the generation of ideas from a broad range of academic disciplines
  • Test whether the interventions are acceptable and feasible in practice and whether they have the potential to save the NHS money 
  • Attract funding to take good ideas forward for further evaluation and/or implementation in the NHS
  • Actively promote the research findings through partnerships with industry, national and international research groups, improvement and clinical networks, national policy makers and others 

We will concentrate on four research themes (in brackets) that recognise: 

  1. The central role of patients and their carers (Patient Involvement in Patient Safety, led by Jane O'Hara, University of Leeds)
  2. The importance of creating workplaces that people want to work in (Workforce engagement and wellbeing led by Rebecca Lawton, University of Leeds)
  3. The safe use of medicines as a priority across healthcare settings (Safe use of medicines led by Alison Blenkinsopp, University of Bradford)
  4. The exciting potential for digital technology to improve safety (Digital innovations for safety, led by John Wright, Bradford Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust)

We are seeking an enthusiastic, highly organised and motivated researcher, with strong skills in quantitative data analysis to contribute to theme 4 above.  The successful candidate will lead on this theme of work and, with guidance from the theme lead and support from other research staff and a patient panel, will carry out a programme of research that is nationally and internationally acclaimed. The appointed Research Fellow will be motivated to engage staff and patients/carers in delivering research that makes healthcare safer.

The successful candidate will join our team, which sits within a wider research network: the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research group (YQSR group). This dynamic group of researchers conducts high quality, rigorous and applied research to develop and evaluate innovative solutions to patient safety problems. The group comprises researchers and leading academics from the Universities of Leeds, York and Bradford teamed with clinicians and managers from across Yorkshire and Humber, with the ultimate aim of making a real impact on the way health services are delivered. Over the past decade the YQSR group has established a national and international reputation for working collaboratively across institutions and disciplines to address key, clinically relevant questions in patient safety.

If you would like to know more about these roles or the work of the YQSR group, please contact:  Professor Rebecca Lawton (0113 3435715; 01274 383465); r.j.lawton@leeds.ac.uk) or Jane O'Hara (0113 3434910; 01274 383692); Jane.O'Hara@bthft.nhs.uk.

Closing Date: 31.10.17 (This date may change dependent on the response)

Apply on-line at: www.jobs.nhs.uk/in/btht quoting post ref 389-A-17-17725

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