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Senior NHS Researcher

Employer
Surrey County Council
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
30 Jul 2021

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Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
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The starting salary for £45,734 per annum for a 36 hour working week.

Is your career starting to feel a bit like Groundhog Day? Each project feels like you're repeating the same cycle and you're not quite sure what the impact is at the end of it all. Do you want to feel inspired by your work and the people around you? Are you someone tenacious who relishes a challenge? If so, this might just be the job you've been looking for.

Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System is a partnership of local health and care organisations where doctors, nurses, other clinicians and specialist staff work together in partnership with local residents and patients to improve health and care services for local people. Engaging meaningfully with our population is a top priority for us and we have become recognised by the NHS, King's Fund and Healthwatch (et al.) as a team at the forefront of thinking in this area. We have won a number of awards for our work and have influenced the direction of national policy including NHS England's guidance on working with people and communities.

In your role you will be supported by a team of trained researchers, insight specialists and communications professionals to apply research and co-design techniques to engagement with a range of Surrey Heartlands residents, patients, clinicians, staff and stakeholders.

The successful candidate will have specialist knowledge in research methods, engagement and involvement and will be able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and experience in this area. We are looking for someone who has solid practical experience of qualitative research techniques but is also familiar with quantitative methods. They must be a self-starter and be confident in managing research and engagement projects. Being organised will be essential.

Local health and care services are very contextual depending on their geography, population and resources. While a good understanding of the Surrey Heartlands context will be useful, as will knowledge of health systems and the application of social research, it is not essential from the outset. We genuinely encourage applications from candidates from all research backgrounds.

The role will be formally based in Reigate and some travel to other venues in Surrey will be required for specific meetings or workshops. However, during the Covid19 restrictions, home-working is in place and post Covid19 the proposal is to retain an agile workforce approach, including home working and flexible use of local offices in Surrey.

If you're passionate, enthusiastic for the topics mentioned above and genuinely want to make the NHS an organisation more representative of its staff and the people it serves, then please apply by uploading your CV and personal statement (no longer than two pages of A4 please) outlining your suitability for this role.

To be considered for this position your application will clearly evidence:
  • A genuine passion for public service and patient / public involvement
  • A solid understanding of research methods demonstrated through your experience
  • Understanding of the key strategic issues facing the NHS, local government, the wider public sector and partners and how research and public involvement can help solve these issues.
  • Your leadership and influencing skills

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.
Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 04/08/2021.

Interviews will take place week commencing 09/08/2021

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Rich Stockley, Head of research, by e-mail at or via LinkedIn in/richstockley.

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.

Benefits

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
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