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The University of Manchester
Research Associate (Care Act Easements)
A Research Associate is required to work on the Impact of Care Act Easements under the Coronavirus Act 2020 on coresident older carers of partners with dementia project directed at the University of Manchester by Professor Debora Price (Department of Sociology) and Dr Philip Drake (Department of Law).
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Deadline: 03 February 2021
The contract runs for one year from 1 February 2021. The Research Associate will be based in the School of Social Sciences. The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Schedule 12 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 included the unprecedented power for local authorities to suspend the majority of their adult social care duties under the Care Act 2014. The suspensions are known as “easements”. Eight local authorities triggered easements at the height of the pandemic, and many others withdrew services nevertheless. We know very little about the consequences of this for people with high levels of need, such as older carers of partners with dementia at home. This proposed research investigates these consequences. We want to compare experiences in different local authorities for older carers, and investigate this issue also from the point of view of safeguarding and social work leads, who were making difficult decisions in crisis circumstances. Through doing this we seek to understand in a balanced way the wider social impacts and legal implications of this suspension of legal rights.

We are open to candidates from a wide range of disciplines including (but not limited to) Law, Sociology, Gerontology, Social Policy, Anthropology, Health Sciences, Social Care, Social Work and Nursing.

Working under the guidance of Phil Drake, you will have responsibility for assisting in all aspects of the qualitative research and policy analysis, helping with the preparation and carrying out of a survey, and play a key role in engaging with project partners and the advisory group of carers. Your primary role will be working with our project partners in recruiting and interviewing carers, and analysing the interview data using NVIVO coding. You will assist the P.I.s in the administrative elements of the project, and provide support for stakeholder engagement, workshops and other events. The P.I.s will provide mentoring roles throughout and ensure you have a collaborative role in the various outputs to flow from the research as part of your career development.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments will be made on merit.

Interviews will be held on 12 February 2021

Blended working arrangements may be considered
How to Apply
This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date. Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.
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