Research Assistant, COMMEND Study

University College London - Division of Psychiatry

We are seeking a Research Assistant to work in UCL’s Division of Psychiatry on the COMMEND study. This is a two-phase study: In Phase 1, an intervention based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) will be developed for people with motor neuron disease (MND), through a series of workshops and qualitative interviews with people with MND and MND healthcare professionals. The feasibility and acceptability of this newly-developed intervention will then be evaluated in an open uncontrolled feasibility study. The clinical and cost effectiveness of modified ACT plus usual care for improving the psychological health of people with MND in comparison to usual care alone will be assessed in a randomised controlled trial in Phase 2.

The successful applicant will be involved in both phases of the study. The post will involve working closely with the trial manager based at the University of Sheffield, liaising with MND healthcare professionals, conducting site initiation and monitoring visits, recruiting and assessing participants, conducting workshop and qualitative interviews, and analysing data. The research will take place in community settings, including participants’ homes and outpatient clinics. The researcher will be based at UCL, but will need to work and liaise with sites in across the UK. Willingness and ability to travel is therefore a necessary part of this role.

This post is funded by the NIHR HTA programme, and is available from December 2017 until January 2022 in the first instance.

The successful applicant will be a researcher with a first degree (2:1 or higher) in psychology or a relevant social science, and experience of working with people with physical health difficulties. Candidates must also have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, as well as experience of using Word, Excel and SPSS. This is a developmental post and would be particularly suitable for someone seeking a career in clinical psychology or clinical research. Strong support for personal and professional development will be available, including supervision.

UCL vacancy reference: 1681701

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy please contact: Dr Rebecca Gould, r.gould@ucl.ac.uk .

For queries about the application process please contact Ros Brown, ros.brown@ucl.ac.uk , Tel: 020 7679 9038.

Those selected for interview will be contacted by email so please ensure your contact details are correct.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23.59.

Interview Date: 7 November 2017

Any offer of employment will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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