Research Assistant - Health and Social Care

Paisley, Renfrewshire (GB)
£29,514 to £35,210 pro rata
02 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

School of Media Culture and Society
Paisley Campus  
Research Assistant (The perspectives of service managers/planners regarding how co-creation is understood, implemented and sustained as part of improvement programme delivery within the health and social care context in Scotland: A qualitative study)
£29,514 to £35,210 pro rata
Part time: 17.5 hours per week, Fixed Term for 6 months

Health and social care integration has been a major aspect of public service reform in Scotland in recent years.  The Scottish Government has promoted co-creation as a way of improving public services as part of the integration agenda for the public sector. However little is known about how co-creation is understood, implemented, and sustained within Scotland’s health and social care services. It is timely to ask how co-creation can actually be sustained within the health and social care system. This requires policy-makers to understand the perspectives of those tasked with undertaking co-creation practices within partnership contexts (i.e. understanding the barriers and facilitators of sustaining co-creation of network partnership managers and service managers). The project requires a suitable candidate to undertake literature reviewing, qualitative interviews, analysis and dissemination.

This research is funded by the Scottish Collaborating Centre for Improvement Science (SISCC), University of Dundee.  The SISCC funded to strengthen the evidence base for improving the quality of care sustainably and at scale. This advertised project is part of a programme of work intended to generate new knowledge to support improvement activities within health and social care; building capacity and capability through a cross-sectoral platform. We are seeking an enthusiastic Research Assistant with relevant research experience to join the research team. 

The successful candidate will work mainly with the Principal Investigator for the project but it will also involve working and engaging with academic researchers at the SISCC. The successful candidate will have a relevant Masters degree and will have qualitative research experience.  A PhD (or having commenced a PhD) in a relevant field is desirable. Specific expertise in the study of public administration and health policy would be an advantage.  

The post holder will be based on the Paisley Campus, with travel to recruitment and interview meetings as required. 

For an informal discussion of the post and duties please contact Dr John Connolly (

Further information, including details of how to apply are available at 

Closing Date:    Thursday, 15th November 2018 
Interview Date:   Monday, 3rd December 2018 

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups. 

UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.