Senior Research Fellow (107522-0523)

University of Warwick

Vacancy Type/Job category
Research Only
Warwick Medical School, Health Sciences
Sub Department
Mental Health & Wellbeing
£44,414 – £52,841 per annum.
University of Warwick, Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Full-time, fixed term contract (31 December 2025).
This role will require an enhanced DBS check with adults barred list.
You will join the Warwick Medical School Mental Health and Wellbeing Unit as a Senior Research Fellow working on the NIHR project “High-quality mental capacity assessments for healthcare decisions: improving Leadership, assessment Procedures, and service user Support (HELPS)”. HELPS is a 30 month project at the Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, in partnership with researchers from the Warwick Business School and from the University of Bristol, University of East Anglia, and University of York and with NHS, social care and third sector organisations in England and Wales, as established during the research.
You will have a PhD in a medical, public health, global health or health-related social science, together with experience of using mixed methods in research involving case studies, surveys, and/or cohort studies. Experience of qualitative methods, in particular ethnographic and participatory methods will be essential. This position is for a researcher with a track record of being part of research teams, evidence of publications and experience in supervising and supporting researchers in the field. As a senior research fellow, you will be expected to carry out research within the HELPS project.
You will have specialist knowledge and significant experience in health services research, together with excellent oral and written communication and collaborative skills. You must be willing and able to travel nationally for meetings, and to help organise such meetings. You will have an ability to produce high quality reports and other project outputs, and to present and publish work. Knowledge and skill in literature searching and use of electronic databases together with Microsoft Office and Review Manager, Endnote or equivalent are also essential. You will be encouraged to continue to train and develop skills to undertake high quality empirical and methodological research.
We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.
To find out more or arrange an informal conversation about the role, please contact: Professor Domenico Giacco ([email protected]).
Interview Date: TBC.
Job Description
As a member of the Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Unit, the postholder will be the responsible for delivering specialist research within the project, and for supporting Professor Giacco in the overall delivery of the project.
HELPS is a 30-month project funded by the NIHR. The project aims to improve implementation of the Mental Capacity Act through understanding current practices and policies and developing and testing co-produced change actions with stakeholders including service users, carers and professionals within and outside the NHS. The project is led from Warwick Medical School (PI Professor Domenico Giacco), which also has overall management responsibility for the HELPS project.
1. To work with WMS staff and other partners via formal group/committee work, informal networks and one-to-one liaison, to undertake work for the HELPS project.
2. To liaise with HELPS partners in a timely and effective manner to ensure that assigned project milestones and deliverables are achieved.
3. To train and support HELPS team members in Warwick and Bristol.
4. To work closely with WMS staff and partners to obtain relevant ethics approvals and ensure adherence to all research governance requirements at all partner sites.
5. To produce high quality reports and other outputs on the HELPS project, to present work at national and international meetings and to publish work in international high-quality peer reviewed journals.
6. To attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University.
7. To undertake any specific departmental roles and management functions as may be reasonably required by the Project Lead.
8. To develop and deliver specialist research within the HELPS project.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The postholder will be required to be flexible in their duties.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1
PhD in health-related or social science discipline (psychiatry, health services research or psychology, philosophy, anthropology, sociology). (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Specialist knowledge and significant experience in mental health and health services research. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 3
Experience of qualitative research, in particular ethnographic studies. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 4
Knowledge and understanding of healthcare systems in England and Wales. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 5
Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex concepts and to collaborate with a range of people including those at national policy level. (c,d)
Essential Criteria 6
Ability to pay excellent attention to detail, with a thorough, methodical and flexible approach to work. (c)
Essential Criteria 7
Ability to make multiple trips, including, but not limited to, England and Wales. (c)
Essential Criteria 8
Excellent knowledge of literature searching including use of electronic databases. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 9
Knowledge of relevant software including Microsoft Office and of Review Manager or EndNote or equivalents. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 10
Previous experience of planning work with others to meet tight deadlines. (c)
Essential Criteria 11
Ability to lead and contribute to report writing, publications, presentations and the dissemination of information. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 12
Excellent presentation skills. (c,d)
Essential Criteria 13
Publications in peer reviewed journals. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 14
Ability and willingness to teach relevant postgraduate and undergraduate students and to contribute to the work of the department and of Warwick Medical School. (c)
Essential Criteria 15
Experience of training other researchers and/or professionals and developing training materials. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Specialist knowledge of legal frameworks in healthcare, and in particular of the Mental Capacity Act and of the Mental Health Act. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 2
Experience working in research within the NHS, social care and third sector organisations. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 3
Experience of working collaboratively in multidisciplinary research teams. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 4
Experience training other researchers to conduct qualitative research. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 5
Experience of working in health research on the Mental Capacity Act. (a,c)
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