Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 per annum
Monday, 29 March 2021
End of advertisement period
Monday, 19 April 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 19/04/2021
Salary £33,797 per annum
Job category/type Research

Job description

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is seeking a Research Fellow to work on an NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research funded project to optimise the implementation and routinisation of integrated palliative care and heart failure services across all healthcare settings. The study design is a realist review of the evidence. Working with Dr Tracey McConnell and Professor Joanne Reid at Queen’s University Belfast and supported by colleagues at the University of Oxford, this is an excellent opportunity for a health services researcher or social scientist with realist evaluation/synthesis experience to work within an experienced national team. The project aims to a) develop a programme theory of why, for whom and in what contexts desired outcomes occur; b) use the programme theory to co-produce, with stakeholders (e.g. patient/carers, local, national, international content experts and multidisciplinary practitioners), recommendations to inform implementation of best practice and guide future research. The researcher will be responsible for undertaking the realist synthesis review work with support from the rest of the research team; theorising and reviewing and extracting data and writing up the synthesis and producing the research outputs with support.

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher with skills in realist methodology and excellent project management skills to lead this review (preferably with knowledge of palliative care and heart failure theories and literature). They will also need to

be able to engage in deep critical thinking to develop theoretical insights, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to work independently but also create and nurture a remote team culture.  The successful candidate will be individually responsible for undertaking the data extraction and synthesis and supporting the write up of the final report and the production of various dissemination materials with support from other members of the team.    

This post is available for 18 months or until 20 Nov 2022, whichever is soonest.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Undergraduate honours or postgraduate degree in a relevant social science or healthcare discipline.
  • Have, or be about to obtain a PhD in a relevant social science or healthcare discipline such as nursing.
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience.
  • Experience of leading / conducting realist synthesis.
  • Applied knowledge of realist methodology/principles.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery conducts world-class research leading to improvements in health and well-being in partnership with health professionals, leading charities, patients and carers.

Queen's is a fairly unique university in that it offers every field of nursing as well as midwifery. We're also really proud of the fact that in the last year, we have been in the QS World Rankings' Top 50 School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Queen’s University Belfast is a driver of innovation and talent based on excellence. Throughout the University, our academics collaborate across disciplines and with outside agencies and institutions on projects of world significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

We are a leader in gender equality and diversity, and are one of the UK’s most successful universities in the Athena SWAN initiative which promotes gender equality and career progression.

The University holds an Athena SWAN silver award and the School of Nursing and Midwifery is one of a very few Nursing and Midwifery Schools in the country to be awarded a Silver Athena SWAN Award, an accolade which they achieved  in 2012 in recognition of good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in Science and higher education. We are ranked 1st in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (Innovate UK), 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and most affordable cities in the UK. There is an excellent range of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards and we are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

For full job details and essential/desirable criteria please refer to the candidate information link on our website by clicking apply.  You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information or assistance contact Resourcing Team via email on resourcing@qub.ac.uk

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all. However, our employment monitoring data tells us that individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people with a disability and those who identify as LGBT+ are currently under-represented at the University. Also Protestants are currently under-represented in this category of work. As such, we particularly welcome applications from these individuals.

As you may be aware, Queen’s is recognised as one of the most diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. We are committed to ensuring our workplace is a safe, welcoming and inclusive place to work, which is why we subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Diversity Charter Mark NI and Athena SWAN. It is also why we have established award winning Staff Networks such as PRISM and iRise. These networks provide an opportunity for staff to meet in a friendly, informal way to support each other.  More details on all our networks can be found here.

Candidate Information

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Loreena Hill via email to l.hill@qub.ac.uk  

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