KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

Research Assistant

Location
London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Salary
£32,676 – £37,297, including London Weighting Allowance
Posted
23 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
16 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Job description

The postholder will be a member of the Old Age Psychiatry Department of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and will be responsible for supporting the NightCAP study. The NightCAP study is focused on improving the care provided to care home residents living with dementia in care homes at night.

This post will involve recruiting participants into the study, conducting care home study visits and assessments and data entry. The post holder will be responsible for supporting the smooth and efficient conduct of the research study in line with study guidelines, through the effective collection of baseline and follow up data and maintenance of study documentation and records. Additional responsibilities will include administrative support and compiling reports.

On a day-to-day basis the post holder will manage their own time and delegated work independently, under the supervision of the NightCAP trial manager.

 

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 6 months

This is a full-time  post - 100% full time equivalent

 

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

 

Key responsibilities

  • Supporting day to day communications with care home managers, care home staff, participants and their families, the NightCAP researcher team, multi-disciplinary tams within partner organisations and other key stakeholders.
  • Liaise with research teams within and outside the trust to ensure the smooth running of the NightCAP study and establish good working relationships.
  • To deal sensitively and expertly with issues surrounding patients with memory problems or dementia (for which training will be given).
  • Provide information a guidance on the research project and promoting the research to interested parties inside and outside the Trust.
  • Work closely with other professions and disseminate information as appropriate, including report writing as directed by the NightCAP trial manager.
  • The post holder will work as a member of the research team, attending meetings as appropriate and abiding by the decisions of the steering committee.
  • The post holder will be required to report regularly to the NightCAP trial manager and provide information on workload and the progress of the research study.
  • Collaborate with staff and managers in care homes to identify potential participants for the research study. This may include confirming eligibility of potential participants as per study protocols and following consultation with clinical colleagues.
  • Support the development of protocols and procedures relevant to the NightCAP study.
  • Carry out risk assessments as appropriate to maintain participant safety.
  • To contribute and support the recruitment of care homes, care homes staff and participants into the NightCAP study.
  • Be able to undertake travel to care homes and other study centres as required. The work sometimes involves working with clients in emotionally charged or hostile situations.
  • Undertake any other duties of a similar nature as directed by the NightCAP trial manager or Principal Investigators.
  • Able to work flexible hours as out of normal working hours will be required, with a number of evenings being required to support data collection from care home staff working night shifts.

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 

•         A first degree in health or social science

•         Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with the ability to convey goals of research to lay people

•         Attention to detail for careful record keeping

•         Ability to deal sensitively with study participants and their families/carers

•         An understanding of data protection and patient confidentiality

•         Evidence of problem-solving skills

•         Good all-round IT skills

•         Ability to effectively organise own workload

•         Good organisational skills

•         Relevant research experience (e.g. participant recruitment, data collection, epidemiological study, research study or intervention trial)

•         Knowledge of the needs of older people with dementia

•         Experience of working in a medical or scientific environment

Desirable criteria 

•         MSc in a health-related subject

•         Experience of working with older adults with or without dementia

•         Experience of performing cognitive assessments

•         Clinical/ practitioner experience in care home setting

•         Experience of recruiting participants into research studies

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