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Senior Research Assistant

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

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This is an exciting opportunity to join a research study investigating the potential benefits of mindfulness for young people experiencing low mood and depression.

The study is a randomised controlled trial running across England and led by the University of Cambridge, with Sussex as one of the study sites.

The study is investigating the potential benefits of an 8-week mindfulness course for young people aged 15-18 experiencing low mood and depression, with a parallel course offered to their parents/carers. Findings from the study will inform clinical practice in the future and will add to what is known about what helps and doesn't help young people experiencing mental health challenges.

Main duties of the job

  • Taking a lead role in overseeing the study in Sussex
  • Attendance and contributions at research meetings
  • Liaison with key people involved in the study including research team members and practitioners working in children and young people's services in Sussex
  • Recruitment of potential participants
  • Supporting study participants (young people and their parents/carers) during their participation in the study as they undertake the mindfulness intervention, including working closely with young people's mental health services to ensure that young people are adequately supported
  • Data collection
  • May require evening working
  • Please note that this post does not require quantitative or qualitative data analysis

About us

The post holder will join a thriving research department, working alongside other research assistants working on a wide variety of research studies. Research assistants in the team are well supported. We have a strong track record of research assistants in the department successfully applying for Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training and PhDs.


There are opportunities to work remotely as well as in the R& D base, however visits to the study sites in Sussex will be required.

Sussex Partnership provides mental health and learning disability care for all age groups across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Our values:
  • People First - People are at the heart of everything we do
  • Future Focused - We are optimistic, we learn and we always try to improve
  • Embracing Change - We are bold, innovative and disciplined about making use of our resources to continuously improve
  • Working Together - We provide services in partnership, with patients, families and others.
  • Everyone Counts - We value, appreciate and respect each other

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will take a lead role in overseeing the study in Sussex and supporting its successful delivery, with support from the Sussex site lead and from the central study team. This will include setting up and managing databases and spreadsheets, supporting study recruitment and assessments and liaising with the wide-range of mental health services in Sussex for young people (including Mental Health in Schools Teams, Children and Young Peoples Wellbeing Services and CAMHS).

The role will also include working with young people and their parents/carers to support their journey through the study and working closely with the mindfulness teachers working on the study supporting risk management processes where necessary.

Person Specification



  • Honours degree at 2:1 or above in Psychology, or equivalent.


  • Further post graduate training in relevant area of professional psychology, health and social care practice, and / or research design and analysis

Knowledge, Experience


  • Experience of working with people with complex needs
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Basic knowledge of databases, research skills and methodology
  • Experience of working with mental health service users in a research capacity
  • Ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to a health context
  • An understanding of psychology applied to health care


  • Relevant clinical and research skills
  • Experience of teaching other health professionals
  • Lived experience of mental health issues
  • Experience of working with young people experiencing mental health difficulties
  • Experience of working on randomised controlled trials



  • To be able to communicate effectively under pressure and maintain a high degree of professionalism at all times
  • To assimilate complex information and use reflective/analytic thinking, to apply psychological perspectives in work with clients
  • Ability to be flexible and cope with multiple demands.
  • Capable of using initiative and organise work to agreed goals. Ability to work independently and know when to ask for and use supervision, identifying when there is need for advice and using supervision at agreed intervals

Approach, Values


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practices of Human Rights in the delivery of this role
  • Team working
  • Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required


  • Ability to travel across sites

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Sussex Education Centre

Nevill Avenue



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