Senior Researcher / Trial Manager

Band 7

Main area
Mental Health
Band 7
Fixed-term 39 months
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
CORP Effectiveness of Group Arts Therapy
£36,223 to £46,314 pa inc HCA
22/07/2018 23:59

ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) is making a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

ELFT has been named one of the HSJ Top 10 best places to work in healthcare, HSJ Provider Trust of the Year and graded as Outstanding by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2016. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients.

We have set ourselves the mission of providing the highest quality mental health and community care in England, and have embarked on an ambitious Quality Improvement Programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts to improve.

Geographic areas our services cover

ELFT provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton. We provide psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond, as well as Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy in Barnet.

In addition, the Trust provides forensic services to the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and some specialist mental health services to North London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The specialist Forensic Personality Disorder service serves North London and the specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME adult outpatient service serves North London and the South of England.

The Trust's specialist Mother and Baby Psychiatric Unit receives referrals from London and the South East of England.


East London NHS Foundation Trust is seeking a full-time Senior Researcher to undertake the role of Trial Manager on the ERA multicentre randomised controlled trial, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).  This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the largest ever trials of arts therapies in an outstanding NHS Trust and a vibrant World Health Organisation collaborating research centre.

The overall aim of the ERA trial is to test the effectiveness of group arts therapies compared to group counselling for diagnostically heterogeneous community mental health patients in a multicentre randomised controlled trial. The trial is supported by the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit and will involve an additional process evaluation utilising both quantitative and qualitative methods.

The post-holder will have the leading role in planning, coordinating and completing the project. They will have excellent communication and presentation skills, together with the ability to organise and motivate others. They will demonstrate flair, enthusiasm, innovation and leadership when faced with challenges and will provide strategic, tactical and operational management skills in the planning and execution of the project.

The main duties of the post-holder will be the overall efficient day-to-day running of the trial including planning and management of teams to meet project milestones, monitoring trial progress and efficient identification and rectification of problems, regular communication with the various trial groups, and Chief Investigators, identifying, recruiting and supporting patients through the research process as well as providing support as necessary to study teams and clinicians. He or she will actively promote research amongst clinicians, service users and the wider NHS.

The post-holder will be responsible for collecting, analysing and reporting on research data; helping to prepare grant applications to enable further investigation; as well as quantitative and qualitative assessment of patients recruited as part of an RCT. 

Additionally the post-holder will undertake statistical data analysis using complex methods and established software packages, and be involved in the publication and dissemination/utilisation of findings.

The successful candidate will be familiar with participant recruitment and the collection, management and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. Knowledge and understanding of psychosocial interventions and research experience in the mental health field is desirable.
The Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, with which the post is affiliated, is designated a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre the only one in the world specifically for 'mental health services development'.

This year, East London NHS Foundation Trust has been rated outstanding for the second time by the Care Quality Commission. In 2015, it was ranked the Best Place to Work for mental health and learning disabilities trusts in the HSJ annual awards and voted Trust of the Year in the HSJ Patient Safety Awards.  The Trust is proud to be leading the way in providing an exceptional environment to work in and for the care it provides to the local communities we serve.

Please note the following important information:

Your supporting statement must start with three reasons to shortlist me and in no less than 300 words give those reasons. If this section is not included you will not be considered for shortlisting.

Interviews will be held on Friday 27th July. Please ensure you are available to attend, should you be shortlisted for this role.

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable people and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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