Research Assistant in Applied Mental Health

Leeds, United Kingdom
£27,511 to £32,817 p.a.
18 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in applied health research? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities? 

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Research Fellow to work in the School of Healthcare in the Mental Health Research Group on an exciting and prestigious 2 year Health Technology Assessment study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Services & Delivery Research programme. The study is titled ‘The RECO study: Realist Evaluation of service models and systems for CO- existing serious mental health and alcohol/drug conditions" and is led by Professor Elizabeth Hughes as lead investigator. 

This is a great opportunity to join an exciting and vibrant research group here at Leeds, as well as being a part of a wider RECO team which comprises of international experts in the field of mental health and co-occurring alcohol/drug conditions with partners including Kings College London Addictions, Bath, Birmingham and Liverpool John Moores University, with Realist experts from Northumbria University, and as such there will be travel and overnight stays required with this role. We have a lived experience researcher as part of the team, as well as a PPI group who will help co-produce every aspect of the study. 

The aim of the research is to find out what is most helpful about the current services aimed at people with severe mental health difficulties and alcohol or drug problems. We would also like to find out what it is about effective services that helps people to stay in contact with their workers, get the right help they need in order to achieve their goals. The study will utilise a Realist approach and comprises of a realist synthesis of evidence, a national mapping of service provision and models of care, and a third package which consists of consultation, focus groups and individual interviews with key stakeholders in 6 locations to refine an emerging programme theory. 

The outcome of the study is to make recommendations about what works for whom, how and in what contexts, and make recommendations for future commissioned research. 

The post will commence in January 2019 for 24 months 1.0 FTE. There will be some travel and overnight stays involved as part of the role.

Interview date will be 07 November 2019

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Elizabeth Hughes, Chair in Mental Health 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1235, email: 

Further Information

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. The School of Medicine gained the Silver award in 2016.  We are committed to being an inclusive medical school that values all staff, and we are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees.

Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:     Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:     School of Healthcare
Section:     Institute of Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing
Category:     Research
Grade:     Grade 6
Salary:     £27,511 to £32,817 p.a.
Working Time:     100% full time equivalent
Post Type:     Full Time
Contract Type:     Fixed Term (01 January 2020 – 31 December 2021)
Release Date:     Friday 11 October 2019
Closing Date:     Monday 28 October 2019
Interview Date:     Thursday 07 November 2019
Downloads:     Candidate Brief