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Research Theme Coordinator

King's College London - Psychology/Mental Health and Psychological Sciences

Location: London
Salary: £38,304 to £54,534 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance. Grade 6/7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th September 2021
Closes: 3rd October 2021
Job Ref: 031906
 

Grade 7 £46,292 - £54,534 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance

Grade 6 £38,304 - £45,026, including London Weighting Allowance

Building and Campus: Henry Wellcome Building, Denmark Hill Campus

Contact: Til.Wykes@kcl.ac.uk 

Job description

This is an exciting post to be involved in the Biomedical Research Centre in Mental Health (BRC-MH) at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. We are looking for a person interested in research to Coordinate the Patient and Carer Involvement Theme (maudsleybrc.nihr.ac.uk) which takes the service user point of view in research so that it easily translates into beneficial clinical care. In addition to specific mental health research, the post-holder will help to facilitate and develop patient and public involvement across the BRC-MH.

We have a varied research plan that includes e-health programmes and the development of Patient Reported Outcomes relevant to other investigations within the BRC M-H. But we want to extend the programme to involve new studies with PhD students.

The post-holder will manage the administrative, operational, and financial aspects of the theme including the research workers and has the opportunity to generate new research projects within the Theme, write publications, present at conferences and expand their own research portfolio.

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 2 years

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • Co-ordinate all aspects, and implement day to day running of the BRC PCP Theme
  • Ensure the Theme achieves its objectives, within budget and in accordance with specific deadlines
  • Overall project supervision and progression, including management of the PCP research team
  • Developing research protocols, ethics applications and implementing the protocols
  • Develop and maintain databases in accordance with data protection regulations; and enforce confidentiality of data amongst staff
  • Manage reporting, including submission of project deliverables, periodic and final reports, in a timely manner and ensuring that all reporting is submitted using the required format
  • Writing grants to expand the research portfolio and supplement current grant income
  • Arrange and chair regular progress meetings
  • Develop publications and present at conferences on the research programme
  • Promoting the project and dealing with PR

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • PhD or other relevant post-graduate qualification
  • Degree in Psychology, Social Sciences or related discipline
  • Strong planning and organisational skills including the ability to prioritise, manage multiple tasks and projects, with proven ability to deliver to stringent performance criteria
  • Good knowledge of research design, writing protocols and make appropriate analyses
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal with the ability to communicate complex information at all levels
  • Basic knowledge of psychometric testing
  • Project management relevant to mental health research
  • Staff management, recruitment, and training
  • Experience of managing databases and data management including SPSS and Excel
  • Project write up and reports experience
  • Evidence of research publications
  • Knowledge of e-health/digital health interventions

Desirable criteria

  • Experience with patients with mental health problems
  • Recruiting participants
  • Experience of developing and delivering Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) activities/events (in a research context)
  • First-hand experience of using mental health services
  • Experience of working with young people

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