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Research Associate

Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent

Location: Canterbury
Salary: £34,189 to £39,609
Grade: Grade 7
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term – Ends 30/06/2021
Release Date: Wednesday 08 May 2019
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 05 June 2019 (unless otherwise stated)
Interview Date: Thursday 20 June 2019
Reference: SS-023-19


We are looking for a Research Associate to work on two research projects both due to start in July 2019. The projects are funded by the NIHR’s Research for Patient Benefit Programme and are called ‘Developing a scale of work-related wellbeing at work for adult social care staff’ led by Professor Shereen Hussein, Associate Director of PSSRU; and ‘Measuring the social care outcomes of people with dementia and their carers’ led by Stacey Rand, Research Fellow at PSSRU.

We are looking for people with a psychology, sociology or similar background who will learn and apply a range of research method; for example, outcome measure development (including cognitive interviewing), online and paper survey data collection, psychometrics, evaluation and effectiveness data analysis of survey or national datasets. The research will involve fieldwork, including running focus group discussions and interviews, setting up online surveys and desk-based analysis.

As Research Associate you will:

  • Take a leading role in conducting two NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme projects, this would include elements of data collection design, fieldwork and analysis
  • Carry out literature reviews and information searches
  • Design study materials, including study information sheets, consent forms, interview guides and questionnaires
  • Assist in the production of high-quality articles, reports, presentations and summaries from the earliest stages to submission

To be successful in the role you will:

  • Hold a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant subject area (or equivalent)
  • Have knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Have experience of using statistical packages
  • Have the ability to write research reports, journal articles, and other written outputs (e.g. blogs)

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: SS-023-19

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Three Scholarships in the Centre for Health Service Studies and Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent

PhD Studentship – Social Policy/Personal Social Services Research Studentship
Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS)/Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
School of Social Policy and Social Research (SSPSSR) – University of Kent

Deadline: Friday 21 June 23.59 deadline

Interviews to be held: To be confirmed

We are offering three 3-year PhD scholarships (full time or 5 years part time) to be based in the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) and Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) in the School of Social Policy and Social Research (SSPSSR), University of Kent. We welcome applications to undertake health and social care services research and/or evaluation commencing in September/October 2019. These scholarships are linked to new NIHR funding to develop applied health and social care research in the region.

These research studentships are based within two of the university’s leading research centres. CHSS is a centre of research excellence which undertakes high quality research into a wide range of health systems and health services issues at local, national and international levels. The Centre has a wide range of research and disciplinary experience and undertakes commissioned research as well as a portfolio of competitively funded studies. CHSS also supports and advises health care staff to develop and undertake research projects. CHSS collaborates with a wide range of partners in Kent, the UK and in other countries to improve the links between research, policy and practice. PSSRU is one of the leading social care research groups, not just in the UK, but internationally. Since its establishment, PSSRU has had considerable impact on national social care policy in the UK and in a number of other countries. It is a founding member of the School for Social Care Research (SSCR) along with the Tizard Centre, also based at the University of Kent. PSSRU’s research encompasses all aspects of the organisation and delivery of social care and produces the annual volumes of Unit Costs of Health and Social Care, which are widely used by policy-makers, providers and the research community. Interested applicants should consult their respective websites to get information about staff research interests and the wide range of research currently being undertaken by CHSS and PSSRU.

The research studentships will be linked to new opportunities for research training and support across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex area as well as regional programmes of applied health and social care research in social care and social work, primary and community care, child and adolescent mental health and dementia. We welcome applications from prospective students interested in use of integrated data sets, health and social care economics, community and public health, co-production and patient and public involvement and engagement in relation to our areas of research interest. Particular areas of interest include, for example:

In social care: Effectiveness and sustainability of person-centred social care, new models of person-centred social care, cost-effectiveness of person-centred social care, risk factors, variation and inequalities in person-centred social care.

Young people’s mental health: Place-based interventions and parenting, interrelationships between mental and physical health in children and young people, supporting health and wellbeing in children, young people, family and carers

Primary and community care: Sustainable care for marginalised and migrant groups, supporting people to live well with chronic conditions including comorbid mental and physical health conditions, service redesign and integrated care and evaluations of new forms of service provision.

Co-production: Co-producing health & well-being including self-management, shared decision-making, innovation co-design, co-producing health and social care services including involvement/participation in organisations, governance and commissioning and co-production of research.

Public health: Social prescribing and preventive interventions for the mental and physical health of elderly people living at home or in residential or nursing care settings, Secondary analysis of integrated datasets to chart care pathways across health and social care.

These are not exclusive and other areas of applied health research will also be considered.

We are looking for students who are enthusiastic about applied health and social care research and can become part of the research communities within CHSS and PSSRU. Applicants will have completed a health or social care related postgraduate training course at Master’s level equivalent to merit or distinction with a substantial research training component (such as an ESRC recognised training course), or be willing to undertake additional research methods training.

The studentship will cover tuition fees at the standard postgraduate home/EU (£4,324 FT 2018-2019 rate) rate plus an annual maintenance stipend £15,000 per annum (2018-2019 rate). In addition, there is an annual Research Training Support allowance of £750 to cover conference attendance, training courses, equipment and books. Our scholarship includes opportunities for undertaking a limited amount of teaching and possible involvement in research projects within CHSS and PSSRU.

Interested applicants should apply for a place via the University of Kent’s online application system. In addition, they must submit through the online application system:

  • an indicative research proposal (maximum 2,500 words including references)
  • a personal statement (maximum 1,000 words) indicating the reasons for doing a PhD at CHSS
  • transcripts of previous academic qualifications

Informal enquiries regarding the application process and studying for a PhD in CHSS/PSSRU should be made to Kalliopi Glezakou

Applicants must ensure that both references have either been submitted by the referees through the online system or sent directly by email to by Sunday 23 June 23.59. This is the deadline by which the University must have all the supporting documents. The School will not request references on your behalf from your referees, and your application will not be considered if both references are not received.