KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

Research Associate in health psychology

Location
London (Greater)
Salary
£41,517 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Posted
Friday, 19 March 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 18 April 2021
Ref
018824
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Job description
We are looking for a Research Associate to work on a Cancer Research UK-funded project aimed at investigating the feasibility and acceptability of providing support to patients who have been referred with suspected cancer on the two-week wait pathway, but who do not have cancer diagnosed at that time. This will help to ensure interventions to encourage early diagnosis of future cancer are implementable within NHS settings and acceptable to patients.   
 
The role will involve conducting interviews and qualitative analysis with healthcare professionals involved in the suspected cancer pathway and also the development, administration and analysis of a patient survey across NHS Trusts. The Research Associate will work alongside the Principal Investigator (Dr Suzanne Scott) in all aspects of the research, including ethics applications, data collection, analysis and report-writing. 
 
The post holder will be based with Dr Suzanne Scott in the Centre for Oral, Clinical & Translational Science but will also have close links with the Behavioural Science sub-team of King’s College London Cancer Prevention Group (led by Dr Jo Waller) and the Health Psychology Section of the IOPPN.  
 
Applicants should have an excellent academic record, proven academic writing ability, attention to detail and strong written and verbal communication skills. Additionally, applicants should have hold a PhD in Health Psychology (or near completion) or a similar discipline. Experience of both high-quality quantitative and qualitative research methods is essential, alongside excellent communication with research participants. Applicants should have a demonstrable knowledge of behaviour change theory, understanding of acceptability of healthcare interventions and an enthusiasm for applied health research into early diagnosis of cancer. 
 
This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 18 months 
This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • Preparation of study documents for HRA approval   
  • Recruiting and interviewing healthcare professionals about the current provision of advice concerning early diagnosis of future cancer following two-week wait referral and their capability, opportunities and motivation for providing such advice. 
  • Qualitative data analysis 
  • Liaison with study sites and recruitment of patient participants 
  • Liaison with patient and public involvement representatives 
  • Development and administration of postal survey of patients who had been referred with suspected cancer via the two-week wait pathway and received a negative diagnosis. 
  • Quantitative data analysis 
  • Dissemination of study findings including manuscript preparation and conference presentation 
  • Presentation of information on progress and outcomes to research team meetings 
  • Actively participate as a member of a research team, co-ordinating own work with that of others 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria

  1. Masters degree in Health Psychology or a related discipline
  2. PhD awarded in Health Psychology (or a related discipline) or PhD in Health Psychology near completion * 
  3. Qualitative research skills and experience, including interviews and analysis
  4. Quantitative data analysis skills
  5. Ability to work independently, manage time, prioritise workload and work to deadlines
  6. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with attention to detail
  7. Commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards in research, with experience of the HRA approval process
  8. Experience of writing for peer-reviewed publication
  9. Knowledge of theoretical approaches to understanding behaviour change (e.g. COM-B) and acceptability of interventions (e.g. Theoretical Framework of Acceptability)

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience of working closely with healthcare professionals
  2. Experience of research on early diagnosis of cancer and knowledge of early detection and diagnosis policies and initiatives
  3. Experience of Public Patient Involvement liaison 

*Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

Further information
Interviews will be held remotely and in the week commencing 3rd May 2021.  

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service clearance. 

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