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CeNREE Senior Health Researcher

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year per annum pro-rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity in a brilliant forward thinking Trust, working with a brilliant team, look no further!

Are you a dynamic and inspirational NMAHP researcher? Are you passionate about representing NMAHP's and keen to be the voice of research expertise? If you are up for the challenge you will be pivotal in providing expert research advice to a wide range of staff, providing support and measuring outcomes to support evidence-based practice across the Trust.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Senior Health Researcher to facilitate the development of NMAHP research. The Senior Health Researcher will be part of a motivated and driven team; provide expert research advice and support across multiple projects; and provide training in a range of research methods and tools.

Main duties of the job

CeNREE is looking to appoint a Senior Health Researcher who will assist the CeNREE Lead in supporting/leading specific evidence-based projects and developments; acting as a deputy for CeNREE; and building relationships with UK leaders of excellence in research and education.

The post holder will be responsible for developing/leading a team of Health Researchers who play a key role in supporting NMAHPs to engage in research, facilitate rapid reviews and grant applications, ensuring rigorous process and high quality outputs that can withstand expert and public scrutiny.

The Senior Health Researcher will contribute to the development of innovative practice that supports the delivery of evidence-based care. This is a unique opportunity for a talented individual to join an amazing team. You will need to have the necessary energy and credibility to assist the CeNREE Lead in developing the NMAHP research agenda in an exciting and innovative major teaching Trust.

You will have opportunities to deputise for the Assistant Director of NMAHP Research and Academic Development at both internal and external commitments and you will be supported to develop and fulfil your potential.

If this is you and you are up for the challenge please contact Dr Alison Cooke, Assistant Director for NMAHP Research and Academic Development and CeNREE Lead via e-mail

About us

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. Based across two sites, Royal Stoke in Stoke-on-Trent and County Hospital in Stafford, we are proud to serve around three million people and we're highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales.

All of our employees make a valuable contribution regardless of role here at UHNM and we are proud of our wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their true potential.

UHNM create and encourage a culture of inclusion, providing equal opportunities for career development that are fair and transparent. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture in which all staff feel valued and respected. In return we ask all of our employees to make a commitment to the values, co-created by or staff, patients and carers, and that unite us as a Trust.

At University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust we know that investing in, supporting and developing our staff has a direct impact on the quality of care that we deliver. Our employees are as important as our patients and the population that we serve.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The job description and person specification includes detailed role and responsibilities. Some key tasks of the role include:
  • Act as Deputy to the Centre for NMAHP Research and Education Excellence (CeNREE).
  • Contribute to the running of CeNREE, providing expert consultant advice to NMAHPs.
  • Lead on the support and delivery of a programme of health research including rapid systematic reviews, fellowship and grant applications, project management and empirical research.
  • Critically appraise evidence sources, including highly technical publications, and devise and implement ways of extracting relevant data in an unbiased and systematic manner. Write up the synthesis of evidence in reports and other publications.
  • Provide professional management and leadership to new and existing members of the CeNREE team, in line with organisational policies and best practice in staff recruitment and development. Provide advice and support to other members of staff, to ensure an evidence-based approach to CeNREE objectives; this includes the development and delivery of information for staff from throughout the organisation in aspects of evidence-based policy and practice, and research methodology.
  • Ensure a coordinated, systematic and unbiased approach to topic questions, involving a team of internal and external staff, to establish an evidence base which is sufficiently robust to allow recommendations to be made on behalf of clinical areas. Lead and oversee the production of rapid systematic reviews, working in collaboration with multi-professional clinicians and researchers.
  • Provide expert research methods advice and support across multiple projects including designing approaches to evaluation and quality assurance.
  • Support other ad hoc research activity which may include design and implementation of surveys, undertaking thematic analysis of qualitative data, and supporting the publication of NMAHP projects in the scientific literature.
  • Manage a demanding workload, multi-tasking and ensuring output is delivered on time and within budget.

Person Specification



  • PhD or nearing completion


  • Teaching qualification or comparable experience

Knowledge and Experience


  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of systematic review and research methodologies
  • Experience of presenting and communicating scientific information clearly and appropriately to an expert and lay audience
  • Project management skills and the ability to deal with and prioritise a varied and demanding workload.
  • Experience of reporting and disseminating research findings e.g. in reports, and in papers for publication in medical and scientific journals
  • Supervisory experience of one or more persons in the work environment


  • Change management experience
  • A broad understanding of NHS infrastructure

Personal qualities


  • Can work autonomously to achieve agreed objectives
  • Capable of working with clinical & non-clinical staff at all levels
  • Innovative and self-motivated and an ability to motivate others

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