Senior Research Fellow (ISCOMAT)

University of Bradford - Faculty of Life Sciences - School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

 Fixed-term until 30/09/2018 (0.8 FTE)

Interview Date: Monday 05 February 2018

We are seeking to appoint a senior researcher for our ongoing National Institute for Heath Research (NIHR) Programme Grant, to contribute to an exciting and challenging programme, as part of a dynamic team. The study focuses on Improving the Safety and Continuity Of Medicines management At Transitions of care (ISCOMAT).  We are in the preparation stage for a large scale randomized trial involving patients with heart failure from the point of hospital discharge, seeking to reduce preventable hospital readmissions caused by inadequate medicines management. You will work with a range of NHS patients, their families, and staff across the cardiology pathway to implement and evaluate our intervention, working closely with the Clinical Trials Research Unit at University of Leeds, and will play a leading role in the Process Evaluation.

The post is fixed term until 30 September 2018 in the first instance, with potential for a further 38 months if Programme funding is continued beyond 30 September 2018
(work pattern to be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate).

The main focus of the role is as senior researcher in a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme of research work in Improving the Safety and Continuity Of Medicines management At Transitions of care (ISCOMAT). This will include leading on and coordinating, research (hospital) site training and troubleshooting initially in the trial internal pilot. It will involve liaison with a range of local, regional and national stakeholders and collaborators, including patients and their family caregivers. If this is successful the study will proceed to Phase 2 which is a 42 site cluster randomised controlled trial and process evaluation. You will also lead on preparation and delivery for data collection, analysis and write up in the study Process Evaluation.

In addition to being an excellent researcher you should have substantial experience of coordinating and leading within large projects as well as having a PhD and post-doctoral experience in a health research related discipline. You will have relevant experience of conducting health services research including trials of complex interventions, and experience of working closely with patients and NHS staff.   You will be a talented leader and a strong team player, with experience of collecting, analysing, and interpreting primary/secondary data, excellent organisational abilities and strong communication skills including writing academic papers for publication.

Informal enquiries prior to application may be made to Professor Alison Blenkinsopp, Head of the Medicines Optimisation Research Group in the School of Pharmacy on 01274 234698 or to

The University of Bradford strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. 

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of the information provided.

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