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Research Fellow: Health and Care for Older People

Organisation: University of Hertfordshire
Location: Hatfield, AL10 9AB, UK
Website: www.herts.ac.uk
Contact Email: l.j.parker@herts.ac.uk
Deadline: 29 January 2018
Salary: £32,548 - £38,833 per annum dependent on skills and experience

Qualifications required: The person appointed will have a doctoral level qualification and experience of researching issues around the care of older people with complex health needs, such as dementia, frailty and multimorbidity. They will have a minimum of one peer reviewed publication.

Description of the research activity and area: This Fellowship is an opportunity to develop world-leading research relating to health and care for older people, particularly those with complex needs such as dementia, frailty and multimorbidity. The fellow will be expected to make a significant contribution to the current programme of work conducted by our team of researchers in the Older People's Health and Complex Conditions Research Unit (OPH) in the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC) in the School of Health and Social Work.

The appointed Fellow will be expected to develop research that links with or builds on one or more of the following research areas:

• How to improve health and care for older people, particularly those with complex needs, and their unpaid carers, • How to improve health and care environments for older people living with dementia and comorbid conditions and their unpaid carers • Diagnosis and post-diagnosis support for people living with dementia • Shared decision making for older people.

This is a career development post and the successful applicant should be ambitious in terms of achieving 3-4* outputs throughout the Fellowship as well as being prepared to undertake activities to maximise impact from the research conducted. The Fellow is expected to apply for nationally recognised research funding during the Fellowship, from funders such as the National Institute of Health Research or charities such as the Alzheimer's Society. The Fellow will be supported in writing high quality bids and publications by experienced academics. The successful candidate will be based in the School of Health and Social Work, in the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC). The Centre has an international reputation for research across a range of public health and community care topics and employs approximately 30 academic and research staff who work in teams across research programme areas (http://www.herts.ac.uk/research/hhsri/research-areas-hhsri/nursingmidwifery-social-work/cripacc). There is no undergraduate teaching requirement attached to this post but there will be opportunities for post graduate teaching and supervision.

Skills and experience needed: The post holder should have relevant knowledge and experience of conducting research around the health and wellbeing of older people, particularly those with complex needs. They should have experience in disseminating findings to scientific audiences, and writing up journal publications, preferably in one of the areas related to the fellowship. The post holder should have excellent oral and written communication skills in both spoken and written English and be able to establish good rapport and effective communication with older participants. The fellow should have Knowledge of research methodology appropriate for the subject area and Knowledge of appropriate databases for the discipline and ability to conduct literature searches in the discipline using appropriate electronic resources.

Description of the School: The School of Health and Social Work (http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/schools-of-study/health-and-social-work) is one of the country's largest providers of health and social work education and over 80% of its research outputs, submitted to the REF under UoA2b (nursing and allied health professions), were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent; 100% of the research submitted was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of its impact. CRIPACC has an established track record in fostering and supporting Patient and Public involvement in research and has ongoing working partnerships with local, regional and international public health and food stakeholders.

The University offers a range of benefits including a pension scheme, professional development, family friendly policies, child care vouchers, a fee waiver of 50% for all children of staff under the age of 21 at the start of the course, discounted memberships at the Hertfordshire Sports Village and generous annual leave.


JOB DESCRIPTION Post: Research Fellow: Health and Care for Older People Grade: UH7 Responsible to: Principal Investigator Responsible for: Junior Research Staff

MAIN PURPOSE OF THE JOB To take responsibility for one or more research projects or part of a research project as detailed in the Annex.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES 1. To undertake research within the scope of the project, establishing a programme of research activity working collaboratively with colleagues at UH and partner organisations as appropriate. 2. To attend project meetings within UH, nationally and internationally, as appropriate. 3. To seek external funding as appropriate 4. To disseminate the outcomes of the project in publications, at conferences and through other appropriate media 5. To supervise undergraduate and post-graduate student projects related to the research field 6. To undertake undergraduate and post-graduate teaching as specified in the annex. 7. To create opportunities to maximise the wider economic and social impact of research activities, capturing relevant evidence to support impact and engaging with external partners and stakeholders as appropriate. 8. Taking an active part in the academic life of the School through participation in seminars and other events. 9. Such other duties as may be required by the Dean or Associate Dean (Research).

SUPERVISION RECEIVED Supervision will be given by the Principal Investigator or an identified member of the research team.

SUPERVISION GIVEN The post-holder may supervise junior research staff and undergraduate and post-graduate students.

STAFF MANAGEMENT DUTIES The following duties are relevant to all staff with people management responsibilities: -Oversight of staff issues for those within the allocated group including excellent people management, appointment, probation, appraisal, development, promotion and progression, review of performance according to policies and procedures agreed by the University. -Maintenance of records of staff development activities. -Oversight and monitoring of staff workloads in order to ensure an equitable distribution of staff loadings across the staff group and the most effective use of staff resources. -Ensuring talented staff in the groups are recognised, rewarded and retained so ensuring that suitable succession plans are in place. -The visible commitment, management and maintenance of high standards of safety throughout their domain commensurate with current Health and Safety legislation and with the University’s Health and Safety policy. -Identifying achievable equality goals.

RELATIONSHIPS/CONTACTS Internal: Academic and professional staff across the University at all levels.

External: Staff of appropriate professional, governmental and educational institutions. Partners in EU project consortia as appropriate. Private persons and businesses where appropriate, visitors, prospective students and their parents.

This document outlines the duties required, for the time being, of the post holder for the post entitled Research Fellow Level 7 to indicate the level of responsibility. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or exhaustive list and the line manager may vary duties from time to time which will not affect the general character of the post or the level of responsibility of the post holder.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Closing Date: 29 January 2018 Quote Reference: 014837 Annual Leave: 35 days plus standard public holidays and an additional 4 days including the closure of our office between Christmas and New Year.

Informal Contact Details: Informal enquiries are encouraged; please contact Dr Frances Bunn to arrange a time to discuss the post email: f.bunn@herts.ac.uk or tel: 01707 286457

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