Senior Research Associate (Qualitative Research)

Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol (GB
£36,613 - £41,212 per annum
30 Aug 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

This post is an excellent opportunity for a talented and able qualitative researcher with an interest in digital technology to work on a NIHR School of Primary Care funded DECODE project investigating the unexpected consequences of the use of digital health tools in primary care. This post is based in NIHR CLAHRC West at the University of Bristol 5* Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School. The post is 100% FTE (35 hrs per week) starting ideally in October 2018.

The use of digital health tools is advocated to improve patient access, quality and efficiency of care. With the rapid development and adoption of digital health in primary care, unexpected consequences which disrupt healthcare processes and outcomes will increase. An understanding of these consequences is vital, so we can minimise the negative effects and harness the positive. The post holder will be required to interview patients, GP practice staff, commissioners and industry representatives to examine the unexpected consequences of three popular uses of technology in GP practices - 1) smartphone apps that support the monitoring and self-management of long-term conditions, 2) alternatives to face-to-face consultations, including online consultations/triage and 3) patients online access to their medical records.

You will have a strong background in qualitative methods applied to health services research and have a higher degree in social sciences or related discipline. You will have experience of publishing findings in international peer-reviewed journals. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team. Experience of conducting qualitative research in a primary care setting would be beneficial, or a good knowledge of this working environment.
For further information contact Dr Jeremy Horwood –

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