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Senior Researcher

Band 7

Main area
Band 7
Fixed Term - 12 Months
37.5 hours per week
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CORP Effectiveness of Group Arts Therapy
£42,313 to £48,515 pa inc HCA
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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.

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. This post is fixed term for 12 months, with potential for renewal following successful completion of the internal pilot phase of the study.

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.

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.

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