Research Assistant Psychologist
Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a skilled assistant psychologist to join the growing and busy research team in NSFT. A 12 month fixed-term contract is on offer to an enthusiastic research assistant psychologist to support first-line communication with, and engagement of, research participants across Norfolk and Suffolk. Assess and support the holistic and social needs of all people in a person-centred way, and identify areas of referral and further support by partner agencies.
The second part of the role will be supporting the Refugee Psychiatric clinic based in Norwich, main duties including preparing letters to GPs, clinicians and with occasional contact with service users. To achieve these duties, the successful applicant will have excellent communication and technical skills and be able to manage complex personal information in a secure, respectful manner. Experience of working with marginalised and underserved mental health communities is an asset but training will be provided.
You will be able to work independently as well as part of a multidisciplinary team and have the ability to travel independently. There are opportunities to be involved in additional project work relating to engaging communities and underserved groups using creative methods, evaluations of experience and outcomes, analysis of research data, improving participant pathways in research, undertaking assessments on research studies or delivering therapy as needed for professional development.
Main duties of the job
Duties include communicating with service users, family members and the public about national mental health and dementia research opportunities, collecting voluntary information from people via telephone, email, video or written materials, undertake screening to facilitate involvement in research, and maintaining the accuracy of the research database on a constant basis.
- Managing the REACH research referrals through the following tasks (4.5 days per week)
- Processing referral information onto the research database
- Contacting potential participants through telephone, email or letter communicating about national research opportunities, and screening for suitable studies.
- Liaising with wider research team daily or weekly to find suitable studies or involvement opportunities for participants.
- Maintaining information on the database linked from health records as required.
- Undertaking demographic and needs-based data collection from research participants.
- Compiling anonymised information for reporting onto regional systems under supervision.
- Being part of service improvement projects to increase engagement in underserved and marginalised communities.
You will be supporting the Refugee Psychiatric Clinic in the Norwich Hub with administrative tasks, i.e. writing letters to GP/clinicians and occasional contact with service users (0.5 days per week, flexibly embedded within role according to need). Further details can be found in the Supplementary Information Document.
The successful applicant will work as part of a clinical research team alongside study research professionals at NSFT and universities, Trust senior managers and service user and carer representative colleagues.
Within the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust we are dedicated to the on-going improvement of services across the lifespan and recognise the importance of research, evaluation and development in this process.The successful applicant will join a nationally-nominated multi-disciplinary clinical research team which specialises in developing and delivering programmes of collaborative mental health and dementia research.
The team offers opportunities for skill and professional development, and is ideal for someone who is keen to develop a future career in clinical research, or is seeking experience in health service delivery.
Generic job description and supplementary information for the role is attached, based on a generic Research Assistant Psychologist role but specialising in supporting the clinical research team to manage referrals and ensure that participants' information is securely and sensitively managed through the research participation process.
Certificate of Sponsorship
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