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Fixed Term Research Assistant

Family Psychology Mutual CIC

Location: London, Suffolk, Norfolk, Home Based, Field Based
Salary: £27,005 to £34,224 including outer London weighting
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th September 2020
Closes: 9th October 2020

37 hours per week for 6 months, 30 hours a week considered

Home based with travel to and across London, Norfolk and Suffolk as permitted.

Reports to Dr Tom Jefford FPM Director and Dr Sajid Humayun, Greenwich University

Family Psychology Mutual (FPM) has been providing Functional Family Therapy (FFT) in four sites to young people on the edge of care. FFT is a licensed, evidence based intervention which has a clear structure and research underpinning. Cases are referred via Local Authorities with whom our staff (Social Workers, Systemic Practitioners, Family Therapists and Mental Health Nurses) are embedded.  Over the period of the pandemic we moved to online working for new and existing families. We wish to learn more about how our staff delivered FFT during this period and how this may have affected the delivery of the intervention, both positively and negatively. We saw considerable creativity as staff adapted to the restrictions of the time. We wish to capture these innovations and learn about what this might mean for future delivery and so have set this post up to begin to understand what happened and what the effects might be.

This is a fixed term post funded by the Youth Endowment Fund (YEF). The postholder will work independently and will be managed by the employer, Family Psychology Mutual, whose staff will be the majority of the interviewees. An academic link is provided to Dr Humayun at Greenwich University where an associate position will be created to allow for access to library and research facilities. Greenwich University are evaluating our project in Redbridge for the YEF. A laptop and IT access to enable remote working will be supplied.  The role will establish, conduct and analyse qualitative interviews with Functional Family Therapy (FFT) workers in four service settings. The specific focus are the operational adaptations made to the FFT methodology as it was delivered via remote working during the Covid 19 pandemic, including periods of hybrid working (face to face and online).  The post holder will also conduct quantitative research using data sets and returns generated by FFT sites nationally, and potentially internationally, to determine the initial effects upon outcomes of online working during the pandemic. The postholder will provide summative evidence using qualitative and quantitative evidence for future research, publication and practice innovation by the end of the contract.

With a Master’s degree in either research or psychology, or a PhD, you will have a good understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods and be able to quickly establish a workplan to gather evidence. A self-starter you will be happy to work independently and able to deliver the core outcomes of the research with good planning and accurate record keeping. You will conduct interviews across our sites in Norfolk, Suffolk and London either in person or online, dependent upon restrictions for travel/contact in operation at the time.

For an application form and job description please email

Interviews via Zoom Monday 19th October

FPM reserves the right to restrict the applicant pool should a high volume of applicants apply

For informal discussion please call Dr Tom Jefford 07909 687703

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