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Research Support Officer

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed, compassionate and innovative Research Support Officer to support research which aims to develop a service model for children and young people with tic disorders. The role-holder will be delivering four key streams of work, which include collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data from multi-stakeholder groups in order to support the project leads in developing the service model.

The research is funded bythe NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfBP) INTEND study (ImproviNg Tic Services in EnglaND).

This is a fixed-term post to 31st January 2025 (dependant on start date) at 0.8WTE (16-month role) within the Research Support Team at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) reporting to Dr Maddie Groom, Chief Investigator on the INTEND programme and Dr Charlotte Hall (co-investigator).

The team provides consultancy services, research operations and research and evaluation delivery. The role-holder will be employed by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Main duties of the job

  • Support with reports to ethic committees and funders
  • Identifying, recruiting and consenting participants (clinical staff and parents of young people with tics to participate in workshops and patient and public involvement)
  • Facilitating patient and public involvement
  • Overseeing data collection and checking of data quality. This will involve co-ordinating freedom of information requests from NHS sites, conducting a national survey of clinicians, and a Delphi study.
  • Analysing and presenting data at meetings, reports for funders and publications
  • Organising and attending team meetings
  • Engaging with stakeholders from NHS and other academic institutions
  • Supporting the team with dissemination
  • Assisting with other research tasks as agreed with their line manager.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

The post-holder will be responsible for supporting and facilitating the research activities set out in the INTEND programme led by Dr Maddie Groom. The post-holder will be mainly based at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in Nottingham.

The IMH is one of the UKs leading multi-disciplinary mental health research centres, an innovative partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Nottingham. The IMH delivers both mental and physical health-based research projects, ensuring new knowledge and research findings are rapidly shared between campus and clinics.

Ensuring a safe and positive experience for research participants will be central to this role.

You will be an experienced researcher and/or hold a relevant academic qualification. This post requires excellent communication skills, well developed knowledge of and experience in the delivery of health research, governance, good clinical practice, understanding of IG and GDPR application to research.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details.

Person Specification



  • Degree in relevant health or social subject/discipline, (e.g. Psychology, Health, Social Sciences) or substantial employment history in the relevant field


  • Masters degree in relevant subject/discipline



  • The post holder is required to have significant experience of conducting research in healthcare settings,.
  • Experience of analysing quantitative and qualitative data sets.
  • Experience of conducting online surveys


  • Demonstrable administration experience
  • Training / facilitation experience
  • Experience of relevant research with children and families.
  • Previous experience with Delphi studies



  • Knowledge of tic disorders in children and young people


  • Knowledge of research ethics and obtaining informed consent
  • Knowledge of the principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • Knowledge of research methodologies
  • Knowledge and awareness of cultural adaptations in research



  • Computer / IT skills including Microsoft Office, Database / Internet skills
  • Ability to synthesis different forms of information Ability to engage multidisciplinary stakeholders as research participants
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and members of the Multidisciplinary Team, incl. ability to participate in and contribute to multidisciplinary team discussions
  • Ability to educate and support colleagues, and parent/carers of patients
  • Maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing
  • Strong organisational and planning skills.

Values and Behaviours


  • All staff should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion as identified within the Trust's Equality and Diversity Policy and associated Equality, Diversity and Human Rights legislation


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork

Physical Requirements


  • Has the physical ability to perform the full range of duties

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Institute of Mental Health

UNIP, Triumph Road



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