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Research Fellow, 18.75 hpw - fixed term 21 months

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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The Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research (ASR) is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly organised and motivated Research Fellow to undertake newly funded work which aims to build capacity in social care to support the wellbeing of older people. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a leading research centre, working in collaboration with local authority colleagues, in an exciting role to implement high quality social care research addressing the needs of the ageing population.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will meaningfully engage with the social care sector to enhance research activity and outputs, so that research methods and evidence generated are relevant and appropriate to a wide diversity of the ageing population. This will include working with local authority colleagues and home care providers to specify aims and objectives, evaluation methods, collate routine data as well as generate new data, to meet these objectives.

The role will involve contributing to data collection and analysis, which may involve conducting surveys, interviews with staff and older people, focus groups and co-production workshops. This project is implemented in Yorkshire and Humber so travel to within the region will be required.

The successful applicant will be educated to post-graduate level e.g. Masters or will have equivalent experience/qualification in a social care area or related subject, and have experience in undertaking research and analysing data. Experience of working with older people or within the social care sector would be advantageous.

About us

Our People Charter outlines the behaviours we can expect from one another and what you can expect from Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust:
  • We value people
  • We are one team
  • We care

We're keen to meet people who share these values and are passionate about delivering the highest quality of care to our patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Research Management and Conduct
  • Identification of research questions / needs in collaboration with academic and local authority colleagues
  • Organisation and management of research in progress
  • Involvement in the preparation of documentation for ethics committee approval (if required)
  • Development of research procedures and documentation
  • Communication with colleagues and other staff throughout the research
  • Undertaking quantitative and qualitative data collection using a range of methods
  • Reporting of project progress and results
  • Management of data
  • Management and analysis of a range of qualitative and quantitative data
  • Conducting qualitative interviews with social care providers, older people and their carers

  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with range of stakeholders, including academic and local authority colleagues, social care practitioners, home care providers and service users
  • Preparation, submission and revision of publications for peer-reviewed academic journals with the support of the academic team
  • Preparation and dissemination of research findings via poster and oral presentation locally, nationally and internationally
  • Preparation and dissemination of information to social care forums and lay groups
  • Supporting the production of guidance for social care services based on research findings
  • Communication with other researchers and social care colleagues

Other duties
  • Act as a research resource for local inexperienced researchers, e.g. students and early career researchers and local authority colleagues
  • Act as a linking pin to foster collaborative working relationships across academic and social care sectors, and to identify research opportunities, including training and support which will benefit social care colleagues to develop research skills / knowledge
  • Assist in the development of research protocols
  • Ensure that research is undertaken in full compliance with UK GCP guidelines and in accord with local and national research governance, and other legislation relevant to the population

Person Specification



  • Experience of effective multi-disciplinary team working
  • Experience of conducting research and analysing data


  • Experience in social care research or working with the social care sector Experience in social care research or working with the social care sector
  • Experience in elderly care setting / working with older people



  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software
  • Effective organisational skills



  • Understanding of Information Governance and Confidentiality
  • Knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative research techniques



  • Educated to post-graduate level or equivalent experience in a health/social care area or related subject*


  • Research qualification or equivalent experience*

Other requirements


  • Reliable
  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Attention to detail

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Royal Infirmary, Duckworth Lane



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