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Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Health Sciences School

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £35,333 to £43,414 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd November 2022
Closes: 5th December 2022
Job Ref: UOS035388
 

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Division of Human Communication Sciences in the Health Sciences School, working with Dr Traci Walker and a large interdisciplinary team including neurologists, a GP, a dementia nurse, and participant co-researchers living with dementia.  We are looking to appoint a Research Assistant to work on a study entitled ‘Improving triadic decision-making involving people with dementia’, funded by the NIHR’s Health Services & Delivery Research funding stream. The study aims to identify what communication strategies healthcare professionals and carers use to involve people with dementia in decision making, and how people with dementia respond to these communication strategies. The post is based in the Division of Human Communication Sciences and will involve research visits to the Royal Hallamshire, Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust (RDaSH) as well as working with co-participant researchers to collect data at various locations throughout Sheffield and Rotherham.

 This project is a Conversation Analytic (CA) study of recordings of naturally-occurring clinical interactions involving people with dementia, their carers, and a healthcare professional. You will analyse existing as well as new cross-sectional and longitudinal datasets to investigate:

  • how decisions are made in conversations involving three parties;
  • how decisions are made when one of the parties has cognitive difficulties;
  • how healthcare professionals can best involve people with dementia and their carers in decisions;
  • how changes may develop in three-party decision-making over time especially as the views of people with dementia may change as their condition deteriorates.

You will have a doctorate in a relevant field (eg., linguistics, sociology, medical communication) or equivalent, and expertise in the methodology of Conversation Analysis. Experience in working with people with dementia and/or with communication difficulties due to cognitive impairment is desirable.

Further details of the Division of Human Communication Sciences and the Health Sciences School can be found at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/health-sciences

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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