Research Assistant - Canterbury

Recruiter
Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Location
Canterbury
Posted
12 Feb 2018
Closes
18 Feb 2018
Sector
Healthcare
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Main area
ResearchGrade
Band 5Contract
Fixed Term - 24 monthsHours
Full Time 37.5 hours per weekJob ref
380-GL799

Site
Eastern and Coastal Area OfficesTown
CanterburySalary
£22,128 - £28,746 paClosing
14/02/2018 23:59



It’s an exciting time to join us: KMPT has been rated Outstanding for Caring and Good overall in our most recent CQC inspection in January 2017!
An opportunity to join a team researching Open Dialogue in the UK. Based in Kent, the post holder will work as a member of the ‘Open Dialogue: Development and Evaluation of a Social Network Intervention for Severe Mental Illness’ (ODDESSI) team. KMPT and NELFT (North East London Foundation Trust) are working together with The Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness (CORE) based at University College London on the ODDESSI project, which is a programme grant funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and led by Professor Stephen Pilling.
Developed originally in Finland, Open Dialogue is a social network model of crisis mental healthcare, where teams are trained to work systemically and enable people's families and networks to take more control and utilise their own resources as part of a less hierarchical and more collaborative approach to care. An OD team works with the service user from initial crisis and beyond, organising treatment and longer term care to prevent crises recurring. The evaluation aims to develop a protocol acceptable to clinicians and service users for the delivery of Open Dialogue (OD) for the management of mental health crises, to assess the clinical and cost-effectiveness of OD in a multi-cluster randomised controlled trial, to understand the experience of service users, carers and staff of OD and develop a model of OD that can be implemented in routine NHS care. We are looking to appoint a full-time research assistant, fixed term for 24 months. The post holder will be involved in a range of quantitative and qualitative protocol based research activities including recruitment and seeking consent of research participants, collection of objective outcome data, qualitative interviews and focus groups, data cleaning, entry and analysis. The evaluation will involve service users, carers and key stakeholders such as OD and usual care teams, multidisciplinary clinicians, managers and commissioners.
The post holder will have opportunities to contribute to high-profile academic publications and conferences and this post is particularly suited to candidates who wish to further their academic career as there will be potential for a PhD attached to the ODDESSI project.
The post holders will have access to a variety of training courses in conducting research in an NHS setting (i.e. running focus groups and interviewing, and analytical techniques for the data collected).
The post holders will be required to travel to sites across KMPT to support recruitment, and data collection.
To deliver an effective service it is essential that you are able to travel between bases in a timely manner.
Applicants should hold a good degree in allied health, psychology or other scientific-based subject, Master’s qualifications desirable. An understanding of project work, evidence of high quality delivery to deadlines and attention to detail are essential, experience working with service users in a clinical setting is also desirable.
You will work to deliver ODDESSI project to deadlines and as well as working with KMPT staff you will liaise closely with the evaluation lead, project manager and an academic team of researchers in psychology based in universities in and around London.
We are looking for an individual with excellent organisational and communication skills who can work well both in a team and using their own initiative.
All positions within the Trust are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks. This position is also subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.
This post is subject to a six month probationary period for candidates external to the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.






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If you are seeking a new challenge and interested in becoming part of this forward thinking and innovative Trust then we want to talk to you.
We take pride in our services – which are underpinned by our values:

Respect
Openness
Accountability
Working together
Innovation
Excellence

KMPT Benefits:



NHS pension scheme

Your employer pays 14.3% towards your pension and life assurance benefits.
Please see http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Pensions.aspx for more details.



Annual leave for Agenda for Change

On appointment to NHS 27 days for full time or pro rata if part time After 5 years NHS service 29 days full time or pro rata if part time After 10 years NHS service 33 days full time or pro rata if part time
Plus bank holidays that’s up to 41 days - more than 8 weeks paid time off!
Medical staff have national Terms and Conditions. Buying and selling of annual leave is also available as part of our flexible approach to staff benefits.



Recommend a friend campaign

If you already work for us you could refer a friend from outside of the Trust to any of the roles below and you can receive £1000 if they are successfully recruited; Nursing staff - RMN RGN RNLD - Band 5 and 6, Medical Doctors, Clinical Psychologist and Allied Health Professionals,



Local Recruitment and Retention Premia

This includes an additional payment for Band 5, 6 and 7 registered nursing staff in the Dartford locality



Flexible working

Covers job share, term time working, flexible shifts etc. Just ask and we will try to help.



Childcare vouchers

This is a salary sacrifice scheme http://www.childcarevouchers.co.uk/



Statutory and occupational maternity, paternity or adoption leave

Dependant on length of NHS service



Other paid/unpaid leave

This can be for Jury Service, Reserved Armed Forces, etc. This is paid outside of annual leave.
Non paid leave for career breaks



Staff Support

KMPT offer a face to face counselling service for any issues not just work related problems.



NHS discounts and shopping vouchers

Staff can sign up to Red Guava, PS discounts and Health Service Discounts to receive a variety of discounts in travel, fashion, technology, mobile phone contracts, food and drink, days out etc.



Learning and Development opportunities

In addition to the mandatory subjects there are a number of leadership, management and staff topic areas, including coaching and mentoring.




Lease car scheme Cycle to work scheme The list goes on………!
We love the work, and we want you to join us.

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