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Senior Research Assistant - BAY

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Applicants are invited to join the BAY trial, which is led by the University of York and York Trials Unit Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is one of the study partners.

The successful applicant will be involved in the recruitment and follow up phase of the study and responsible for, Identifying, recruiting and consenting participants from Wigan and occasionally Bolton CAMHS. This will involve engaging participants (young people and their parent/carers) by conducting clinical assessments and outcome measures at each of the study time points.

Training will be provided covering all trial activities including the trial protocol, screening and recruitment, trial database data entry, participant randomisation and data collection procedures.

You will be expected to work independently according to an agreed plan and under supervision within the Trust's R& D framework and with the Principal Investigator for the study. You will be supported by the Trial Managers from York Trials unit.

The role will be fixed term (12 months) at 0.8 WTE.

The post-holder will receive line management support from Chief Investigator, BAY, GM Digital research unit in Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH). This includes regular line management supervision, clear objective setting for 3, 6 and 12 months and annual appraisals thereafter (depending on continued funding for the post).

Main duties of the job

The senior research assistant will support the delivery of the BAY: Behavioural Activation for Young people with depression in specialist child and adolescent mental health services research study (NIHR132808). The study aims to examine the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and acceptability of an intervention called Behavioural Activation (BA) and treatment as usual (TAU) versus TAU + psychoeducation (PE) in newly referred depressed adolescents in specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over 7000 members of staff, who deliver services from more than 160 locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford, Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties To assist with the smooth day-to-day running and completion of this research project by supporting the project manager and the PI. To assist in the recruitment of participants to assess the eligibility of potential participants. To explain clearly and in detail the study to participants and to answer their queries regarding the research. To obtain consent from participants who wish to take part in the staff qualitative study. To assist with the conduct of or to conduct sensitive semi-structured research interviews with participants as required to explore, elicit and analyse information relating to the research study. To monitor blinding procedures and ensure blinding is maintained. To adhere to the service specification and quality standards of NHS trust policies, particularly relating to confidentiality and risk, and to also oversee programme policies in relation to confidentiality and risk. To ensure that ethics procedures and HRA/ R and I governance procedures are followed. To conduct systematic literature reviews and use an appropriate quality appraisal tool. To assist with the running of the study service user reference/PPI group To assist in the preparation of publications, conference and other PowerPoint presentations and dissemination materials.

Data collection and management To contribute towards the accurate collection, entry and management of data using SPSS and/or Excel To retrieve complex data from relevant (quantitative) databases and analyse research outcomes to produce summary reports on research activity for a variety of purposes including updating the research team and trial steering and data management committees To be responsible for the safe keeping of data files including medical notes To assist with the analysis (qualitative and quantitative) and interpretation of the results of the research if required To provide suitable results tables, graphs and figures

Planning, management and other duties To form and maintain close working relationships with other members of the research team and to liaise with University and NHS staff as required To assist with the promotion of the research to staff, service users and other relevant stakeholders To liaise with research colleagues and support administrative staff on routine matters. To assist in servicing the studys meetings, including production of agendas, writing of minutes and reports and taking follow-up action as required To participate in regular supervision To identify appropriate training to support professional development. To act in a professional manner and with appropriate behaviour at all times. To undertake specific administrative duties as required To act under the guidance of the project manager to ensure that daily tasks and ongoing workloads are prioritised and completed within agreed timeframes. To help the research team achieve research objective and deadlines. To report any concerns raised by study participants to the project manager/PI. To continue to update knowledge and develop skills. To provide advice or demonstrate own research activities or workplace routines to new research staff, temporary researchers or students assisting with the project. To support Project Manager and PI as required To undertake any other duties, which may be required from time to time.

Trust Mandatory on-going Requirements to be met by the candidate after commencing in post, these will not be assessed at the recruitment stage To undertake any other reasonable duty, when requested to do so by an appropriate Trust manager. To understand and comply with all Trust policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines. To understand the Trusts Strategic Goals and how the post holder can support them. To understand the need to safeguard children and vulnerable adults and adhere to all principles in effective safeguarding. To carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with Equal Opportunities, Equality and Diversity and dignity in care/work policies and principles To avoid unlawful discriminatory behaviour and actions when dealing with the colleagues, service users, members of the public and all stakeholders To access only information, when paper, electronic or, in another media, which is authorised to the post holder as part of the duties of their role. Not to communicate to anyone or inside or outside of the NHS information relating to patients, service users, staff, contractors or any information of a commercially sensitive nature, unless done in the normal course of carrying out the duties of the post and with appropriate permission To maintain high standards of quality in corporate and clinical record keeping ensuring information is always recorded accurately, appropriately and kept up to date. To ensure their day-to-day activities embrace sustainability and reduce the impact upon the environment by minimising and maximising recycling, saving energy, minimising water usage and reporting electrical faults, water leakages or other environmental concerns to the facilities department or their line manager. To take reasonable care of the health and safety of yourself and other persons To contribute to the control of risk and to report any incident, accident and near miss. To protect service users, visitors and employees against the risk of acquiring health care associated infections. To take responsibility for your own learning and development by recognising and taking advantage of all opportunities to learn in line with appraisal and supervision.

Person Specification



  • Good Honours Degree in Psychology (2:1 or above) and a Master's Degree or equivalent experience


  • Working towards PhD in Psychology or a relevant and related field



  • Experience of conducting quantitative research (including checking the scoring of measures, data collection, data input, and data analysis) for a stand-alone study, such as a Masters or PhD thesis or part of a funded study/trial
  • Experience of conducting qualitative research (conducting individual or focus group interviews, transcription of interview data, analysis or coding of data and writing up) or great potential to develop such skills.
  • Experience of thematic analysis, framework analysis or other relevant methodology
  • Experience of conducting a systematic literature review including experience of using quality appraisal tools
  • Experience of data management and adherence to study protocols including lone working
  • Experience of dissemination (i.e., publication of research papers or presentation at conferences)
  • Experience of conducting research in a mental health sample or in a sample of parents



  • Have computer literacy - advanced skills in database management, spreadsheets and word processing packages.
  • Knowledge of SPSS, NVIVO and PowerPoint.

Skills and Abilitites


  • Ability to attend clinic meetings in person together with face-to-face assessments with young people.
  • Ability to take responsibility for planning and implementation of specific elements of the study.
  • Ability to engage service user and staff participants in a research project.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member as well as working alone.
  • Ability to organise own day-to-day tasks and activities.
  • Ability to facilitate and contribute to appropriate multi-disciplinary team meetings, steering groups and other forums as appropriate.

Other Requirements


  • The job holder must be assessed by Occupational Health as having a level of fitness to carry out duties/tasks after reasonable adjustments under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 have been made.
  • Full UK Driving licence (subject to Disability Discrimination Legislation)
  • Or an ability to travel across the footprint of the Trust as required by the role.

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Wigan CAHMS/Bolton CAMHS/Rawnsley building

Hathersage Road


M13 9WL

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