Research Assistant - SOLUTIONS trial

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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We are looking for an experienced researcher to join our delivery team within the research and development department at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. The role is focused on recruitment and engagement to an exciting new ongoing research study (The Solutions Trial) within the liaison and diversion service.

Main duties of the job

Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE), forms part of the contextual safeguarding agenda and has been identified as a strategic priority by the Children's Safeguarding and Assurance Partnership (CSAP) in Lancashire. The liaison and diversion service is provided by LSCFT in 12 custody suites across Lancashire and Cumbria. There has been little research undertaken because child criminal exploitation is a relatively new and emerging area of safeguarding practice. The Solutions trial aims to test out whether offering these children and young people a psychological treatment called Brief Solution Focused Therapy is helpful. Brief Solution Focused Therapy is a short-term therapy that helps people to change by focusing on building solutions rather than getting stuck thinking about problems.

The research assistant will join an established dynamic team and be responsible for recruitment to the study and all study processes. They will be based within the LSCFT R& D Department and be fully integrated into the team and within L& D services. They will be managed by the Local Principal Investigator and will have regular contact with the evaluator team at the University of Warwick.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • BSc(hons) Psychology (2:1 or above) or equivalent (e.g. post graduate conversion course accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Relevant social sciences degree



  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Research governance and ethics
  • A good knowledge of how mental health services are organised and function, including the children and young people's mental health services
  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of children and young people in the context of offending behaviours and contact with custody suites



  • Ability to undertake psychologically informed research projects under supervision
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work across a number of different settings
  • IT literate including use of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc
  • Ability to analyse and interpret written and numerical data

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


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