Research Fellow: Health and Care for Older People

University of Hertfordshire - SBU: School of Health and Social Work

SBU: School of Health and Social Work, College Lane, Hatfield

Salary: £32,548 - £38,833 per annum, dependent on skills and experience

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

Duration of Contract: 5 years from March 2018

This Fellowship is an opportunity to develop world-leading research relating to health and care for older people, particularly those with complex needs such as dementia, frailty and multimorbidity. 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 for older people, particularly those with complex needs, and their unpaid carers,
  • How to improve health and care environments for older people living with dementia and comorbid conditions and their unpaid carers
  • Diagnosis and post-diagnosis support for people living with dementia
  • Shared decision making for older people

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.

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.

Contact Details/Informal Enquiries: Informal enquiries are encouraged; please contact Dr Frances Bunn to arrange a time to discuss the post (; 01707 286457).

Closing Date 29th January 2018

Reference Number: 014837

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.

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