Safewards Clinical Research Associates

London (Greater) (GB)
£43,106, including London Weighting Allowance (pro rata)
08 Jun 2021
13 Jun 2021
Academic Posts
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

NHS England/Improvement has commissioned a service improvement project to reduce restrictive practices on wards for children and young people with mental health problems, eating disorders, learning disabilities and/or autism. Safewards is a model that explains patient conflict behaviours and staff containment behaviours and a set of 10 interventions, when tested in a cluster randomised control trial, significantly reduced conflict and containment. Safewards was developed and tested by a team of mental health nurse researchers at King’s College London.  


While initially designed for younger adult acute wards, Safewards has been adapted for a range of other services, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Since its first dissemination in 2014, Safewards has been recognised as an effective strategy for staff to change the culture in which they work to one that is less restrictive. Safewards is now being implemented in a range of mental healthcare and other settings across the world. 

The CAMHS Safewards Project will support up to 20 inpatient children and young people (CYP) wards to introduce Safewards over an 18-month programme. The first 12-months will involve an intensive implementation programme led by a Clinical Supervisor, followed by a six-month package of support to embed practice and culture change. The process, experiences and outcomes of implementation will be evaluated and reported. 


We are looking to employ FOUR Safewards Clinical Research Associates, who will be employed to assist with the 12- month intensive implementation programme. These project workers will need to have experience in implementation of Safewards in a service, although training and support will be given on how to assist the wards identified. Each Clinical Research Associate will hold a ‘caseload’ of five selected wards and will support staff to deliver Safewards with the five ward leadership teams. The workers will be under the management and supervision of the Safewards Clinical Supervisor, Geoff Brennan, supported by Professor Alan Simpson.  


This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 12 months. 

This is a part-time post - 30% full time equivalent. 

The post can be offered as a secondment or direct employment with KCL.


Key responsibilities

1. Deliver Safewards training to Safewards leads, ward staff and young people in participating organisations.  

2. Assist participating wards to develop their Safewards development plan. 

3. Support and monitor progress of the Safewards Development Plan. 

4. Establish and maintain relationships with staff in participating organisations. 

5. Provide feedback on progress to the organisational leads and project team.  

6. Work in line with research governance approvals as required and maintain ethical standards throughout the project. 

7. Undertake face-to-face and online guidance, supervision, and support to the project team, ward staff and young people. 

8. To actively include and support young people on participating wards or in the project team. 

9. Work with the Professor, clinical supervisor, service managers and research assistant to identify suitable service data for inclusion in the evaluation. 

10. Contribute to progress and final reports, papers for peer-reviewed journal publications, and lay summaries for wider audiences. 

11. Contribute to other project meetings as required. 


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 

• Registration in mental health nursing  

• Knowledge and understanding of Safewards. 

• Experience in implementing Safewards in mental health units. 

• Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with a range of stakeholders. 

• Good communication skills both oral and written. 

• Proficiency in IT (Word, Excel, email) 

• Ability to prioritise, manage own time and workload. 

• Knowledge and experience of co-production or inclusion of service users  


Desirable criteria 

• Knowledge and experience of CAMHS services  

• Experience in writing reports and presenting to range of stakeholders.  

• Experience in delivering staff training and development.  


Further information

Selection will be against the criteria outlined above through application form and online interview.  

Interview date: 15th June 2021. 

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