Research Fellow: NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Research Collaboration

University of Manchester

Do you want to be part of a diverse, supportive, and inclusive team, leading the way in patient safety research?

The University of Manchester has been awarded funding to establish the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Greater Manchester Patient Safety Research Collaboration (PSRC). Our PSRC will be one of six new collaborations nationally and will, with our university partners in Leicester and Nottingham, address strategic patient safety challenges by developing and testing innovations, approaches, and interventions to improve patient safety. Working in partnership with patients, carers, health and care professionals, the GM PSRC will focus on the following innovative research themes:

  • Improving Medication Safety
  • Enhancing Cultures of Safety
  • Developing Safer Health and Care Systems
  • Preventing Suicide and Self-harm

We are a friendly, multi-disciplinary team, with expertise including behavioural science, social research, health services research, epidemiology, health economics, safety science, digital patient safety solutions, health informatics, intervention development and evaluation.

We have a genuine commitment to equality of opportunity for our staff and students. Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of the University of Manchester and is at the heart of all our activities. 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 are made on merit. Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

The NIHR GM Patient Safety Research Collaboration seeks a Research Fellow in Developing Safer Health and Care Systems theme. The post-holder will be responsible to Professor Caroline Sanders.

The Role

You will take a leading role in the delivery of a portfolio of projects within the Developing Safer Health and Care Systems PSRC theme, along with collaborating across themes and with patients, members of the public, NHS staff and other stakeholders, including NIHR research organisations and industry partners.

Across all themes and projects, critical to the role will be project management, co-ordinating between participating centres and individuals, leading on ethics approval applications, supervision and mentorship for junior colleagues and liaising with wider theme team. You will also have a key role for engaging with patients, clinicians and other stakeholders to optimise study design, data collection, and the impact of your findings. There will be a cross-theme focus on inequalities in safety and all research staff will come together to support this research agenda. All researchers are expected to actively engage with PSRC operations, and our vibrant research culture and will benefit from the opportunity for career development as part of our research capacity development programme. Post-holders will also be eligible to become NIHR Academy members and have access to additional training and development opportunities.

You will work closely with the Research Theme Leads (Dr Tom Blakeman and Professor Caroline Sanders) to deliver patient safety research programmes. You will be responsible for managing study design and project management for delivery of key projects within the theme. Responsibilities will include recruitment and data collection and analysis, as well as supervision and mentorship of junior colleagues and liaising with the wider theme team. The role will also include obtaining necessary ethical and governance approvals at project outset and amendments where necessary throughout. Other responsibilities will include literature searching, leading and working collaboratively on funding applications, providing regular progress reports, writing blogs to help promote the theme and our findings, writing publications (as the lead or a co-author) and other dissemination activities. There is a strong focus on stakeholder engagement and you will have a lead role in organising and co-producing research with key stakeholders, including voluntary sector and other organisations.

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:                                             

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered        

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Caroline Sanders

Email: [email protected]

General enquiries:

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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