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Research Assistant

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
23 Feb 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Researcher
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking to recruit a highly motivated, innovative and enthusiastic Research Assistant to join our Healthcare Service at Oasis Restore Secure School (ORSS).

ORSS is the first Secure School in the UK and will hold 12-18 year old children. All staff work in line with 'Child First' principles to create a developmentally appropriate and trauma informed healthcare service. By joining our team, you will have the opportunity to be involved in developing a new service that will have a real impact on promoting health and well-being for this vulnerable population and impact on their future life orientation.

As a new service, research and evaluation are vital to support the ongoing development of the service. The post holder will take a key role in developing and coordinating research and evaluation at the secure school working in collaboration with partners at ORSS. You will work as part of the clinical multi-disciplinary team, supporting the delivery of high quality holistic healthcare to the children at the school, as well as playing a key role in evaluating the impact of the service.

We are looking for an individual with previous research experience and who is able to demonstrate good communication skills, time management and ability to work autonomously and use own initiative. Professional supervision will be provided.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the role will include developing and conducting relevant research, conducting research related coordination, audit/evaluation, collection of data and contribute towards statistical analyses and report writing/dissemination.

The post holder will be required to work as at appropriate levels of independence, following clinical guidelines and the policies and procedures of the service, and seeking help from clinical/professional supervisor or manager as required. Liaison with other professional services will be a key part of the role, so good interpersonal skills are essential.

About us

Oasis Restore is the first UK secure school enabling young people to live their best lives, through education well-being and hope. We will care for children aged 12-18 who are on remand and sentenced to custody by the courts. Oasis Restore represents a revolution in youth justice: an opportunity for children within the criminal justice system to experience a restorative environment that creates the potential for them to thrive both now and for the future. Our healthcare team will build and model healthy and trusting relationships with children that enable them to feel safe, learn and reach their full potential.

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust is a Top Employer Award Winner. We have a Health and Justice Services Directorate, within which sits the 'Children and Young People' Service line working in partnership with 'Youth Custody Service' colleagues to provide responsive, trauma-informed primary care, mental health, neuro-developmental and substance misuse services to the young people and young adults within our care.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached JD& PS for full details of duties and responsibilities.

To assist in the development and coordination of research development within the secure school, working in collaboration with Oasis Restore.

To work collaboratively and respectfully with children and young people and staff to develop and implement research and evaluation.

To carry out research related coordination, conduct of audit/evaluation, collection of data and contribute towards statistical analyses and report writing/dissemination.

Assisting in clinical, psychometric, and neuropsychological assessment with children and young people under the direction of a qualified clinician.

To feedback assessment results to clinical and research team members.

Responsibility for creating, developing and management of databases and process for collecting data.

Writing of reports summarising research data and outcomes.

To undertake clinically related administration and project work.

To liaise with other professional services (caseworkers, YOT, community CAMHS) and families, sharing information where appropriate.

To work as at appropriate levels of independence, following clinical guidelines and the policies and procedures of the service, and seeking help from clinical/professional supervisor or manager as required.

Opportunities to deliver psychoeducation/clinical/systemic interventions will be considered on a needs basis according to skills and areas of interest.

Person Specification



  • A degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or Healthcare/research related field.


  • Further post-graduate training relevant to research design and analysis.



  • Experience of undertaking or contributing to research projects, using both quantitative and qualitative methods


  • Evidence of working with people who have experienced a mental health or neuro-developmental difficulty
  • Experience of working in a secure environment
  • Experience of managing own caseload and time
  • Experience of using a trauma informed approach

Skills/ Knowledge and Responsibilities


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including telephone skills
  • An ability to empathise with people with complex and varied needs and treat them with dignity and respect.
  • Ability to develop working relationships with both staff and clients.
  • Ability to analyse complex statistical data using various analysis programmes (e.g. SPSS).
  • Ability to set-up, maintain and analyse data in statistical programs.
  • Excellent organisational skills including the ability to establish appropriate documentation and record keeping.
  • An understanding of the social determinates of health inequalities and relevant psychological theory and practice


  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding 'being in secure setting' and the impact it can have on mental and physical health
  • Knowledge of trauma informed care and how it relates to young people in a secure setting.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Oasis Restore Secure School

Sir Evelyn Road



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