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Research Fellow

University of Southampton - Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Location: Southampton
Salary: £31,406 to £38,587 pro rata per annum (0.9 FTE)
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th October 2021
Closes: 3rd November 2021
Job Ref: 1536821CF

Location:  Highfield Campus

Fixed Term for one year
Interview Date:   To be confirmed

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Fellow to work on a NIHR ARC Wessex funded study “PARTNERS Project. Development and implementation of a digital tool for multisectoral support and management of long-term conditions – a primary care service improvement initiative” within our Long Term Conditions theme.

In this project we will support and encourage implementation of a digital tool that supports how people manage Parkinson’s Disease and/or Arthritis. Existing NHS self-management tools focus on healthcare (medication management, appointments) and fail to capture aspects of how people live with and adjust to long term conditions. Our tool will support professionals and other organisations to connect, share resources and optimise communication and referrals, leading to more personalised and cost-effective use of resources (beyond healthcare) in the Wessex community. 

Candidates should have or be working towards a PhD in a Social Science or Health related discipline (or equivalent professional qualifications and experience). The successful candidate will be a researcher with knowledge and experience of relevant long-term conditions, reviews, quantitative and qualitative research and with experience of conducting research with implementation and commissioning groups. They will need to demonstrate an ability to organise their own workload, plan research activities to a high standard and to deadlines and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Knowledge and understanding of personalised assessment and implementation of initiatives in clinical practice would be an advantage.

ARC Wessex is an organisation funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) with a remit to support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems. The NIHR ARC Wessex is one of 15 ARCs across England, part of a £135 million investment by the NIHR to improve the health and care of patients and the public within and beyond the Wessex region. It has four thematic programmes of work: Ageing and Dementia, Healthy Communities, Long Term Conditions and Workforce & Health systems. We have a close relationship with our stakeholders within the region, which include a wide range of NHS organisations, local universities, charities, local authorities and others.

The post is 0.9 FTE and will be based at School of Health Sciences, Highfield Campus. The employing organisation is the University of Southampton which offers a competitive salary, pension scheme and other benefits. This post may require a DBS check. 

The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded, the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Mari Carmen Portillo (

Application Procedure
You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507 or email  Please quote reference 1536821CF on all correspondence.

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