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Senior Research Assistant

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

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The post holder will assist researchers at the Complex Trauma and Resilience Research Unit with the preparation of grant applications for research funding from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and assist with the organisation and running of dissemination events for an existing grant. They will provide day-to-day support to the PI, project manager, and research team, and ensure adherence to research governance requirements of the Trust and the University of Manchester.

We strive to be an inclusive research unit, and we welcome applicants from a diverse range of communities to apply for the post, including people from diverse ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQI+, and/or who identify as having a disability or as being neurodivergent.

The post is offered full-time until 30th March 2025, with an anticipated start date of 1st October 2024.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to have proven and substantial experience in conducting research for example, by having previously assisted in the running of a funded research study and/or a postgraduate (Masters or PhD) study.

The post holder will contribute to the writing of grant applications, including involvement in conducting literature reviews and assisting with study design. They will also contribute to stakeholder engagement and the organisation of dissemination events for existing research studies.

About us

The post-holder will receive line management support from a Research Fellow at the Complex Trauma and Resilience 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).

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

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

To assist with the smooth day-to-day organisation and completion of several NIHR grant applications by supporting the project manager and the PI

To assist in the preparation of NIHR grant applications, including summarising literature, contributing to research design, assisting in the writing of applications, and assisting with grant costings

To conduct systematic literature reviews and use an appropriate quality appraisal tool

To assist with presentation of research/research design to CTRUs Lived Experience Advisory Panel / PPI group, gather feedback, and summarise for the research team and associated grant applications

To assist in the preparation of publications, conference and other Powerpoint presentations and dissemination materials

To assist in the organisation of a large stakeholder dissemination event

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

Person Specification



  • Good Honours Degree in a related subject (2:1 or above) and a Masters Degree or equivalent experience
  • Masters Degree


  • Completion of or 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 Master's or PhD thesis or part of a funded research 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 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 staff
  • Experience of facilitating patient and public involvement and experience (PPIE) meetings and/or liaising with relevant stakeholders about research
  • Experience of data management and adherence to study protocols, including lone working


  • Experience of writing grant applications
  • Experience of organising dissemination events and activities



  • Computer literacy - advanced skills in database management, spreadsheets, and word processing packages
  • Knowledge of SPSS, NVIVO and Powerpoint


  • Knowledge and understanding of psychological trauma, PTSD, and research assessment/methods in this field
  • Knowledge and understanding of psychosis and research assessments/methods in this field

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to take responsibility for planning and implementation of specific elements of the study
  • Ability to engage research stakeholders in a research project
  • Ability to facilitate and contribute to appropriate multi-disciplinary team meetings, steering groups and other forums as appropriate
  • Ability to prepare and present research reports and presentations with clarity and enthusiasm
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines and prioritise accordingly
  • 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
  • Ability to work with regular supervision, using initiative
  • Ability to tolerate interpersonally demanding situations
  • Ability to act assertively in potentially stressful situations
  • Ability to maintain high standards of integrity and confidentiality
  • Ability to show excellent interpersonal skills including a flexible and positive approach

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 independently across the footprint of the Trust and research sites as required by the role.

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Rawnsley building (MRI campus, Oxford Road), but with a planned office move to Central Park, Manchester, M40

Oxford Road,


M13 9WL

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