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Research Fellow (Qualitative)

University of York - Department of Health Sciences

Location: York
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th January 2022
Closes: 7th February 2022
Job Ref: 10228

Department of Health Sciences, York Trials Unit

Are you interested in using your qualitative research skills to understand how healthcare interventions work and how they could be optimised for future successful implementation?

The qualitative research team within YTU are looking for a researcher with knowledge of process evaluations and experience of qualitative healthcare data collection and analysis.

The post holder will work on two process evaluations of randomised controlled trials:

Biomarker Driven Antifungal Stewardship in AML

Patients with leukaemia who are receiving chemotherapy are often susceptible to fungal infections in their blood. Most doctors try and prevent a fungal infection in these patients by giving anti-fungal treatment ahead of time (prophylaxis) but this often has unwanted side effects. A different way to treat leukaemia patients is to monitor them closely and test their blood regularly for biomarkers of a fungal infection before symptoms appear. The trial will compare patients in the intervention arm who will receive the biomarker blood test vs patients in the control arm who will receive standard care.

The mixed methods process evaluation will look to understand in which settings the intervention may work best and why; explore implementation barriers and facilitators; assess fidelity to the treatment pathway. Qualitative data will be interviews with healthcare staff and patients.   

Occupational support for Patients undergoing Arthroplasty of the Lower limb

Patients who are undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery should receive advice on returning to work but currently receive little or no information. An occupational support programme designed for this patient group will be trialled to understand if it is effective in supporting people to return to work following their surgery as compared to usual care.

The mixed methods process evaluation will look at intervention fidelity, acceptability and engagement. Data collection will be patient questionnaires, interviews with patients and healthcare staff and brief observations of the intervention being delivered.

Role

  • Conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues
  • Collect qualitative data by engaging with patients and healthcare professionals, under supervision.
  • Prepare participant facing documentation and obtain relevant approvals for the study
  • Liaise with colleagues at various healthcare sites to identify, invite and recruit participants
  • Play a key role in the analysis of the findings, writing of the final report and study outputs
  • First degree in a health related subject, sociology, psychology or equivalent discipline
  • PhD in applied health research, medical sociology, health psychology or a health related subject or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of qualitative methods and analysis
  • Knowledge of process evaluation methodologies
  • Experience of conducting qualitative research in any healthcare setting
  • Experience of writing for publication

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • First degree in a health related subject, sociology, psychology or equivalent discipline
  • PhD in applied health research, medical sociology, health psychology or a health related subject or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of qualitative methods and analysis
  • Knowledge of process evaluation methodologies
  • Experience of conducting qualitative research in any healthcare setting
  • Experience of writing for publication

Interview date: Tuesday 1 March 2022 

For informal enquiries: please contact Laura Sheard (laura.sheard@york.ac.uk)

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