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Senior Research Fellow

University of Southampton - Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Location: Southampton
Salary: £44,263 to £56,021 Pro rata per annum
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th December 2023
Closes: 5th January 2024
Job Ref: 2546823CF
 

Part-Time Fixed-Term - 17.5 hours/week for 20 months

We are looking to appoint a Senior Research Fellow part-time (0.5fte) for 20 months in the first instance, to support an innovative project funded by Marie Curie to explore the lived experience of people living with advanced disease (including the last year of life) and family carers experiencing financial insecurity & socioeconomic deprivation.

Project aims:

  • Understand the experiences of people on low incomes living with advanced disease, and those who support them. 
  • Explain how people on low incomes connect with and mobilise supportive services & resources to support their well-being
  • Characterise influences on the capacity of people on low incomes capacity to seek & utilise palliative care services. 
  • Provide recommendations for supporting people on low incomes, including improving the relevance & accessibility of services and resources.

The role will be situated within Centre for Psychosocial Research in Cancer: CentRIChttp://www.southampton.ac.uk/msrg in the School of Health Sciences, in collaboration with John Moores University Liverpool (JMUL). 

The study will be co-designed with communities and will take a qualitative approach. This methodology will enable a sensitive exploration of the complexity of the experiences and relational aspects of low income such as mutual aid, shame and stigma, in the context of palliative care.

The main activity for the post-holder will be supporting the delivery of this project under the supervision of Professor Lynn Calman & Principal Research Fellow Dr Michelle Myall, in collaboration with Professor Mari Lloyd Williams (JMUL). 

Responsibilities include:

  • project coordination and reporting,
  • developing co-design/creation activities,
  • developing protocol and supporting ethics and research governance applications.  
  • qualitative data collection and analysis,
  • literature reviewing,
  • dissemination/impact activities

It is essential for the delivery of the project that you can undertake fieldwork for the duration of the project, in-person, in the Wessex region. This will involve spending time in communities to building relationships with community groups and developing study processes with key stakeholders.  

You will have a PhD, or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in health services research/cancer care/nursing/related health, social care or social science subject and have:

  • Demonstrable experience of co-design/co-creation approaches and substantive experience of user involvement.
  • Extensive experience with working with seldom heard community groups
  • Significant experience of designing and delivering qualitative research methods, qualitative analysis skills including ability to synthesise and report qualitative data.
  • High level of ability to collaborate and communicate with diverse stakeholders eg clinical staff and service users to ensure successful delivery and dissemination of planned research
  • Excellent communication and paper writing skills with a track record of published research. 
  • Track record of presenting to both specialist and non-specialist audiences including at local, national and international conferences 

It would also be beneficial if you had

  • Good knowledge and understanding of palliative and end of life care  –research or clinical experience with this group
  • Experience of developing accessible patient facing resources.

You will need to work effectively with members of the study team in Southampton and Liverpool including community/patient representatives, research and administrative staff. You will also need to work effectively with health care professionals, the funder (Marie Curie) and members of the public/service users to develop, deliver and disseminate the work of the research project.

A standard DBS check is required for this role.

Applicants are strongly advised to contact:
Professor Lynn Calman, L.Calman@soton.ac.uk or  
Dr Michelle Myall m.myall@soton.ac.uk  for an informal discussion.

Flexible working will be considered.

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