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Research Fellow

City, University of London - School of Health Sciences

Location: London
Salary: £35,326 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent, Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th September 2021
Closes: 6th October 2021
Job Ref: SHS00051

Background

Founded in 1894, City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 20,000 students (over 40% postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.

In the last decade, City has almost tripled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research. During this period, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university.

Staff on mental health wards frequently need to manage patient aggression but best practice is unclear. This study will identify the staff communication that characterises successful aggression management, reducing staff reliance on potentially harmful restrictive practices such as physical restraint, seclusion in a locked room and forced tranquilisation. To achieve this, we will employ ethnographic observations alongside detailed analysis of video recorded incidents of aggression management on four acute inpatient mental health wards in two collaborating Trust sites.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the role include: developing close working relationships with healthcare professionals at two collaborating hospital Trusts; coordinating data collection across four inpatient mental health wards; recruiting and consenting patients and staff; conducting ethnographic observations on wards; conducting semi-structured interviews with patients and staff; collecting video recorded incidents of de-escalation on participating wards; analysing and interpreting qualitative data; supporting the overall running and coordination of the study including preparing reports and contributing to the dissemination of findings.

Person Specification

The candidate will be an experienced qualitative researcher with a background in ethnography and/or communication research. Previous experience of conducting research, or working in mental health inpatient settings would be beneficial.

Additional Information

City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

City, University of London is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusi on in all its activities, processes, and culture, for our whole community, including staff, students and visitors.

We welcome applications regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or social class. For more information on our approaches to encouraging an inclusive environment, please see our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Pages.

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