Research Fellow

University of Stirling - The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

Location: Stirling Campus                                     
Salary: Grade 8: £39,992 - £47,722 p.a. (Pro-rata)       

The Post

The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport is seeking to appoint an experienced part time (0.6FTE) Research Fellow until July 2021 to work with the team on an NIHR HTA funded study that focusses on self-management of vaginal pessaries for women who have pelvic organ prolapse.

The research questions the project aims to address are:

1.What is the clinical and cost-effectiveness of self-management of vaginal pessaries to treat pelvic organ prolapse, compared to standard pessary care on condition-specific quality of life?

2.What are the barriers and facilitators to intervention acceptability, intervention effectiveness, fidelity to delivery, and adherence for women treated with vaginal pessary and the health professionals who treat them, and how does this differ between randomised groups?

This is a multicentre, 2-arm randomised controlled trial with mixed-methods, nested process evaluation.

The successful candidate will be responsible for co-ordinating all aspects of the process evaluation.  The process evaluation includes: a qualitative study of the experience of randomised women (interviews); a qualitative study of the experience of non-randomised women (interviews); a qualitative study of the experience of health professionals delivering the interventions (interviews); audio-recording recruitment sessions and self-management teaching sessions and some analysis of secondary outcome data (quantitative). The post holder will require to collaborate with women who have pelvic organ prolapse, health professionals and all colleagues working on the trial in the various locations across the UK. 

The successful candidate will be expected to co-ordinate all aspects of the process evaluation within the project; including recruitment of participants, data collection (which will involve travel to participants and sites across the UK), data analysis and report writing. He/she will be responsible for ensuring that the project is completed as per the protocol and on time. An essential element of this will be to maintain good lines of communication with academic colleagues, NHS staff and women who have prolapse.

Description of Duties

The post-holder will be responsible for a range of duties associated with the delivery of the research aims and objectives to the funders and will be involved in writing the final report and any papers resulting from the study. The main duties and responsibilities include:

  • Project Management of all aspects of the process evaluation, reporting to the Principal Investigators.
  • Leading on the recruitment process for women and health professionals to be interviewed and liaise with the Clinical Trial Staff (based at Glasgow Caledonian University) and external organisations for this purpose.
  • Conduct face-to-face and telephone interviews with women and health care professionals.  The post-holder would undertake interviews at various locations (including rural locations not likely to be easily accessible by public transport), across the UK, and sometimes at short notice.  They would therefore have to be willing to travel from the Stirling base.
  • Set up, maintain and manage secure systems for the recording and management of sensitive consultation and interview data.
  • Analysis of interview, consultation and questionnaire data using the relevant software.
  • Prepare verbal and written reports of project updates for the Project Management Group, trial Steering Committee and the Funder.

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