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Senior Policy Research Fellow

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
14 Dec 2023

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Do you want to play a key role in a new venture for the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group delivering patient safety research that feeds directly into national policy?

Do you want to work and learn with colleagues across Universities of Kent, Oxford, Leeds and Bradford Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust?

Do you want to be part of a supportive and inclusive team, committed to producing impactful research whilst developing your research skills and networks?

We are seeking an enthusiastic, collaborative and experienced researcher for this new post in our team. The Senior Policy Research Fellow will design and deliver policy focused patient safety research. The post is available from February 2024.

The Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group has been awarded funding to lead patient safety policy research within the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Policy Research Unit for Quality, Safety and Outcomes NIHR PRU QSO.

Main duties of the job

The role of the Senior Research Fellow will be to develop and deliver research that is responsive to the needs of the Department of Health and Socisal Care and other national bodies. At the same time, the Senior Research Fellow for the PRU QSO safety stream will play an active role in planning research with a wider academic team that is able to address future health and social care needs for evidence in the domain of patient safety. The Senior Research Fellow will work alongside a senior research data analyst and will have support from a Research Fellow (0.5FTE) to deliver the research. In turn, you will work with guidance from the Programme Manager and senior academics to deliver this programme of work. You will also be part of the wider multidisciplinary team including academics from Universities of Kent, Oxford and Leeds.. You will manage and/or mentor junior researchers and further develop your skills and profile as a patient safety researcher. You will grow your research networks and be an ambassador for research within the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group.

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 see attached for the job description document for this post for further details in regards to the main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification



  • First degree in a social science or a health-related subject.
  • Masters* or equivalent in a social science or a health-related subject.
  • PhD* or equivalent in a social science or health-related subject.



  • Experience of organising and conducting applied health and/or policy research.
  • Experience of obtaining NHS ethical and research approvals.
  • Project management experience: keeping to timelines, managing risks.
  • Experience in qualitative or quantitative and/or mixed research methods.
  • Experience of collaborative research working.
  • Experience of patient and public involvement in research.
  • At least 2 years postdoctoral or equivalent level experience of organising and conducting applied health services research.
  • Lead authoring peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience of managing and/or mentoring more junior staff.
  • Experience of seeking external funding (either as a PI or co-I)



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


  • Research promotion and dissemination.



  • Understanding of Information Governance and Confidentiality
  • Understanding of national research policy and current issues in the NHS.
  • Knowledge of patient safety research theory and methods.

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Bradford Royal Infirmary

Duckworth Ln



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