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Research Fellow in Applied Health and Care Research (Reviews and Qualitative)

University of Leeds - School of Dentistry / School of Healthcare

Location: Leeds
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 31st August 2021
Closes: 20th September 2021
Job Ref: MHHEA1185

Working Time: 0.6 full time equivalent

Post Type: Part Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term (Until 31 March 2023 - funded by a research grant)

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?  Do you have a background in health services or social care research?  Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive Universities?

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic team player to join our multi-disciplinary team in Healthcare and Dentistry on an exciting research study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to improve oral care in care homes. This study was developed in partnership with people living and working in care homes ( The person appointed to this post will be a member of this innovative partnership which links science and practice to co-produce evidence-based and sustainable solutions to areas of care that matter most for care homes.

Oral care in care homes is an international concern. Many care home residents need help from staff because often they are unable to carry out, and sometimes resist, personal care (including mouth care) due to their physical and/or mental health and abilities. Care home staff may not always have the skills, knowledge and understanding to be able to provide adequate oral care. This research aims, in partnership with care homes, to find out how best to keep residents’ mouths healthy by supporting staff to promote, in their day-to-day work, effective ‘mouth minutes’ of care for residents. This 18-month study will involve a review of existing research evidence and then we will work with care home staff, residents and their families, and healthcare staff to consider what might work best from their perspectives and experiences.

We will look specifically at: what has been shown to work in some care homes to help keep residents’ mouths healthy; what factors get in the way of care staff helping to keep mouths healthy; what factors might make it easier; and what might help influence staff to engage in this area. We will then ‘co-produce’ (with care home residents, relatives and staff) a simple guide which will bring together past research findings and practical input from the care homes to determine the best ways to spend valuable mouth minutes on residents’ care and to help care staff choose what fits best with them and each resident’s needs. We will also determine (with people living and working in care homes) what, if any, future research needs to be developed to address this important area of care.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

 Professor Karen Spilsbury, Chair in Nursing 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1329



Professor Gail Douglas, Chair in Dental Public Health

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 9214


The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. The Schools of Dentistry and Healthcare both hold a Silver Athena Swan award.  We are committed to being inclusive Schools that value all staff, and we are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees.

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