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Research Associate

University of Birmingham - College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £31,396 to £33,966 with potential progression once in post to £38,205 per annum. Grade 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th June 2024
Closes: 23rd June 2024
Job Ref: 103882

Job Summary

The Institute of Applied Health Research is looking to appoint a versatile mixed-methods Research Associate with experience of mental health research to evaluate children and young peoples’ NHS services.

Peer support, using the lived experience and skills of people with a history of mental health problems to help people in similar circumstances, is being increasingly used in mental health services. Peer support is widely regarded to improve children’s hope for recovery, empowerment and access to mental health services. However, peer support does not appear to work for everyone equally.

In collaboration with Forward Thinking Birmingham NHS mental health services, colleagues in the Institute for Mental Health and other partners, our research aims to evaluate how peer support for children and young people in mental health services works for different people in different circumstances. In doing so, the post holder would create knowledge to develop and adapt interventions to improve patient care.

This post is supported by a recently funded National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Advanced Fellowship.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience Required

  • Honours degree relevant to mental health or equivalent demonstrable experience in relevant discipline
  • Knowledge and preferably experience of mixed methods evaluation in mental health or applied health research including quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Knowledge of and preferably experience of designing and implementing interventions with service users and healthcare professionals
  • Experience of working with mental health professionals and services users including children and their parents in mental health or related settings
  • High level analytical capability
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex information and ideas clearly
  • Experience of contributing to research project management
  • Experience of academic writing, preferably including for peer reviewed journals
  • Experience of presenting research progress and findings at academic conferences and/or directly with the public or other relevant audiences
  • Capable of organising own workload and using initiative to work efficiently under pressure
  • Experience of working in a team
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones

Informal enquiries to Dean Thompson: d.m.thompson@bham.ac.uk 

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply button above.

Full Time, Fixed Term contract up to August 2027.

Please quote the Job Ref 103882 in all enquiries.

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