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Research Assistant/Associate (Vulnerable Children and Families)

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £28,756 to £33,309 with progression to £40,927 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th October 2021
Closes: 26th October 2021
Job Ref: 12236

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the Northeast of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

The Role
Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University has a programme of work which aims to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families through reducing the impact of risks to health and wellbeing: primarily substance use problems, mental health and intimate partner abuse (domestic violence and abuse, coercive control, economic control, physical violence, sexual violence). This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant/Associate to join an experienced research team to work across multiple projects within this programme of research work. In particular you would work on two NIHR funded projects:

  1. WELLBEING Study: developing a secondary preventative mental health intervention for children in contact with children's social care.
  2. Trauma-informed CBT-based interventions for care experienced young people (CEYP); a pilot study.

The WELLBEING study consists of three work packages: a systematic review of reviews of secondary preventative mental health interventions for children aged up to 18 years; a qualitative study consisting of focus groups with social care and mental health practitioners and interviews with children and parents/caregivers in contact with social care services; workshops with practitioners and children in contact with social care to co-produce a secondary preventative mental health intervention.

Trauma-informed CBT-based interventions for CEYP project pilot will have four overlapping stages that form the essential framework for a full-scale implementation trial. These are:

  1. A scoping review and consultation with CEYP, carers, and services to develop an initial implementation framework, based on the consolidated framework for implementation research (CFIR).
  2. The development of our implementation resources, including training materials.
  3. The pilot of our implementation strategy in four regions (South West, West, East, North), including qualitative interviews with young people and service-providers and assessing the feasibility of our recruitment and consent procedures for collecting quantitative data from young people.
  4. A mapping of mental health service provisions available to CEYP across England to support the next-step full implementation project.

This is a full-time, fixed-term post for the duration of 18 months.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Ruth McGovern (Lecturer) via email:


  • PhD in a relevant subject (Research Associate level) or working towards a PhD (Research Assistant level)
  • A first degree (2.1 or above) in a relevant discipline or relevant professional qualification (e.g., social work, nursing, midwifery).
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