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Senior Research Fellow - till March 2026

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

We have a post available within our small and supportive Improvement Science team of the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Applied Research Collaboration (NIHR YHARC). The YHARC is one of 15 ARCs across the country. ARCs foster collaboration between NHS, social care, third sector and industry organisations, and leading universities. The aim is to transform services, improve peoples' health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. Our research team is all about improving the quality and safety of health and social care services. We work with the other themes within the NIHR YHARC: older people, healthy childhood, mental health and urgent care to support them to deliver work that addresses barriers to implementation. We also have an objective to develop the science of improvement across our projects, working with other ARCs to do so.

You will join our team, which sits within a wider research network: the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research group . This successful group of researchers has established a national and international reputation for working collaboratively across institutions and disciplines to deliver research that makes healthcare safer. The group comprises researchers and leading academics from the Universities of Leeds, York and Bradford teamed with clinicians and managers from the Yorkshire and Humber health community, with the ultimate aim of making a real impact on the way health services are delivered. .

Main duties of the job

Examples of our current projects and activities include:
  • A scoping review of the benefits for health care staff of involvement in applied health services research.
  • A qualitative study exploring transfer of care decisions between care homes and emergency care departments.
  • Development of a short online improvement science introductory course
  • The Improvement Science snapshot series:

This is a great time to join the team, with the opportunity to shape the next phase of research projects that we take on, depending on your interests. Whatever the project, critical to the role will be an inclusive approach to engaging with patients and clinicians to optimise study design, data collection, and the impact of your findings.

We welcome contact from interested applicants. So, if you would like to know more about these roles, please contact the Improvement Science Programme Manager, Dr Andria Hanbury:

We can offer staff gymnasiums on both hospital sites, excellent pension scheme and advice on childcare.

Closing Date: 07.06.23 (This date may change dependent on the response)

About us

At Bradford Teaching Hospitals we're passionate about providing outstanding care for the people of the Bradford district and communities across the North of England. We're keen to meet people interested in sharing our passion and helping us continue to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients.

We're a renowned teaching hospital trust at the forefront of research, education and development, with a state-of-the-art simulation and skills training centre on site.

In short, we can help you lift your career to the next level. We've received huge investment to improve patient care which means we have truly world-class facilities including a brand new neonatal suite, state-of-the-art intensive care unit, a newly refurbished A&E department, new children's unit and a welcoming, modern atrium and reception area for staff and visitors.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification for more information about the role.

Person Specification



  • At least 2 years postdoctoral experience or equivalent experience (equivalent experience equates to 5 years post degree experience) of organizing and conducting applied health services research.
  • Experience of obtaining ethical and research approvals
  • Project management experience: keeping to timelines, managing risks
  • Experience in using quantitative or qualitative and/or mixed research methods within projects
  • Experience of collaborative research working
  • Patient and public involvement in research
  • Lead authoring peer-reviewed publications


  • Developing research proposals and funding applications as a co-applicant or principle investigator
  • Experience of managing and/or mentoring more junior staff



  • Written communication skills
  • IT skills including use of Microsoft office
  • Facilitative and negotiating skills


  • Research promotion and dissemination



  • Improvement science and/or health services research theory and methods
  • Understanding of national research policy and current issues in the NHS.



  • First degree in a social science or a health-related subject
  • PhD or equivalent research experience (as per 'Experience' we are defining this as a minimum of 5 years post degree experience for those without PhDs)

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