Research Assistant (Implementation)
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
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The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey & Sussex (ARC KSS) is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated and flexible research assistant to support delivery and implementation of high quality, applied health and care research.
Supporting mainly the Primary & Community Health Services and Social Care themes of ARC KSS, the role offers an exciting opportunity to support the ARC KSS Implementation Managers in delivery of its implementation strategy, ensuring our research priorities and implementation activity is impactful, and meets the challenges and needs of our population and health care systems across the region. You will work across the system collaborating with academics at the Universities of Sussex, Kent and Surrey and across the health and care system including the newly aligned Integrated Care Systems, NHS Trusts, local authorities and providers. Importantly you will also assist in ensuring the public and users of services are at the forefront.
Main duties of the job
The role will be varied, working and collaborating across a number of different areas of interest and projects in health and/or social care. You will be supporting engagement with key stakeholders including the public, clinicians, practitioners and academia, producing reports and evaluating the impact of ARC KSS work.
- Supporting senior members of the team to deliver of digital and face-to-face events
- Use of virtual platforms such as Zoom, GoTo and MS Teams.
- Administration support (setting up meetings, and note taking, maintaining logs).
- Support activities arising from Communities of Practice (mapping, research activities).
- Assist with implementation research activities including:
- Transcript analysis (using qualitative methodologies)
- Descriptive quantitative analysis
- Setting up/evaluating surveys
- Content analysis (qualitative and quantitative)
- Setting up/evaluating descriptive surveys
- Assist with implementation element of funding applications.
- Assist with communications activities relating to dissemination and implementation of outputs.
- Assist with public and community involvement.
- Coordinate the quarterly Implementation Strategy Group.
- Identify and address own professional development and support needs.
- Actively participate in the Trust supervision and appraisal processes.
- Travel pan and supra-regionally in an efficient manner.
Application for full-time or part time (2.5 days per week) will be considered. If you wish to be considered for part time please specify in your application which theme you are interested in (Primary and Community Health Services or Social care). The full time role will hold both themes. The post(s) are 1-year fixed term in the first instance.
The candidate will be supported to develop their career alongside the demands of the role, so the post could be a great stepping stone for graduates wishing to enter formal research or clinical training programmes.
Whilst employed by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust the postholder will be supervised by Implementation Managers employed at Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN).
The contractural base is Grove House Crowborough and there will be a need for reasonable travel across the region, including to your base and meeting spaces of other ARC KSS collaborators dependent on whether virtual or in-person is required to meet project needs.
The trust has a flexible working policy and the postholder can, where appropriate, work from other locations within the Kent, Surrey and Sussex region.
The Primary and Community Health Services theme led by Professor Harm Van Marwijk at Brighton and Sussex Medical School is focussing its research on the provision of integrated and sustainable care in primary and community health services; helping people to live well with long term conditions (including cancer, diabetes and mental health conditions and addressing health inequality, with a focus on seldom heard groups including migrant health, homelessness and social deprived communities.
The Social Care theme led by Professor Julien Forder at the University of Kent is prioritising research on new models of person-centred care, their cost, effectiveness and sustainability in addition to the risk factors, variation and inequalities in person-centred care.
Both themes are well aligned, and have several areas of cross theme working including developing and evaluating the delivery of asset / strengths-based approaches, left shifting care models (i.e. social prescribing) and encouraging the growth of healthy communities, with a focus on reducing health and care needs and improving quality of life over the lifespan. See attached pdf detailing the objectives for all ARC KSS applied research themes and be sure to check out Applied Research Collaboration | Kent, Surrey & Sussex (nihr.ac.uk) for the latest news.
Primarily working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, the role would suit graduates who are interested health and care, and how applied research is implemented into practice and the impact it can have.
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