Research Associate: Health Services Research

  • SALARY & BENEFITS Grade 7: Starting salary £32,004 per annum pro rata
  • INDUSTRY Education
Job Description

The post-holder will work within the Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences on two studies. The first study is funded by the charity Arthritis Research UK: “Patient direct access to NHS musculoskeletal physiotherapy: what is the impact on patients, general practice and physiotherapy services (STEMS 2 study)”. The STEMS 2 study will examine the impact over time on GP MSK workload of providing a patient direct access to physiotherapy pathway for adults with MSK conditions in primary care, and whether it is cost-effective. Using qualitative methods, we will also examine the impact of patient direct access to physiotherapy for patients, general practitioners, physiotherapists and commissioners. The implications of these findings for service provision and implementation will be considered.

The project team is based at the Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences at Keele University, in collaboration with colleagues at the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham, and the Rand Corporation. This role focuses on exploring the impact on patients, general practitioners, physiotherapists and commissioners, and involves liaising closely with team members, and frequent travel between research sites.

The second study is funded by the School of Primary Care Research and is a qualitative meta-synthesis: Understanding the support needs of people with chronic fatigue syndrome/ myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME): A qualitative meta-synthesis. The key function of this post is to conduct the literature search, data extraction, analysis and lead writing up of the meta-synthesis.

You will be a highly motivated researcher with at least a PhD in a relevant health-related discipline or equivalent experience in the design, analysis and writing up of qualitative research studies; and experience of qualitative meta-synthesis. You must have excellent communication and organisation skills, be able to work independently, have experience of qualitative analysis using Nvivo, and be willing to travel in the North West of England. Understanding and/or experience of health services research is essential.

The Research Institute is committed to the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

Please note this appointment is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks.