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Research Associate in Stroke Quality Improvement (SSNAP)

King's College London - Department of Population Health Sciences

Location: London
Salary: £38,826 to £45,649 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance. Grade 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th September 2021
Closes: 26th October 2021
Job Ref: 033246

Campus: Guy’s Campus

Contact: Sabrina Ralph, email; 

Job description

We are looking to appoint a driven, ambitious individual with advanced knowledge of statistical methods and experience contributing to clinical research projects to the role of Research Associate in Stroke Quality Improvement. The purpose of this role is to maximise the research potential of data collected through the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP). Research from SSNAP will continue to be key in supporting quality improvement for participating hospitals, care teams, commissioners, and the public across the UK and internationally.

SSNAP measures the quality and organisation of stroke care in the NHS and is the single source of stroke data in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The programme is based in the School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences at King’s College London. As SSNAP has collected longitudinal data on more than 90% of stroke admissions in England every year since 2013, it provides a fantastic resource for the study of both processes and outcomes of stroke care. The post holder will work closely with the Stroke Programme’s clinical directors and in collaboration with wider research teams within the university to ensure SSNAP continues to be a major force for improving how stroke care is delivered in the country in the years ahead.

The postholder will work with the Stroke Programme Manager, SSNAP Clinical Director and Medical Statistics Group in the School to investigate new research opportunities or funding streams, proactively identify novel research hypotheses which are aligned with SSNAP, NHS priorities and the stroke research interests within the wider school. It is anticipated that the post holder will link SSNAP data with other national audits, e.g. renal, cardiac, diabetes and mental health, as well as other nationally linked datasets, such as those being established through Health Data Research UK, to enable wider knowledge and understanding of outcomes after stroke.

The post holder will take supervised responsibility for producing impactful research outputs based on SSNAP and, where appropriate, linked to other sources of data, both through traditional academic channels (peer reviewed publications, national and international meetings etc) and through engagement with other stakeholders in quality improvement in the NHS and the public. It is expected that SSNAP research will continue to yield important information to help in the design and interpretation of future national audits and contribute to the delivery of high-quality clinical care for people with stroke.

The Research Associate in Stroke Quality Improvement will also collaborate with the South London Stroke Register, which is the longest running population-based stroke register in the UK, having been collecting data since 1995. They will also form effective relationships with key programme stakeholders including the NHSE&I, Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT), and members of the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party.

The post holder will report to the Stroke Programme Manager and be supervised and supported in their research by Professor Martin James, Stroke Programme Clinical Director and Dr Abdel Douiri, Reader in Medical Statistics, School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences.

The School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences provides the focus for population and environmental health research, education and training within the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, with the overall aim of improving the care and outcomes of patients and populations.

This post is offered on a fixed-term contract until 30 March 2023.

This is a full-time post.

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