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Research Assistant in Digital Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health


Research Assistant in Digital Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health

Leeds Institute of Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Medicine and School of Healthcare Faculty of Medicine and Health

Salary: Grade 6 (£27,511 – £32,817 pro rata p.a.)
Reference: MHLRM1143 80%FTE. Fixed term for 4 years.
Closing Date: 7th March 2021. Interviews are expected to take place on 24th March 2021.
We are happy to consider job share applications and are committed to flexible working for all our employees

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 Assistant to work on an exciting research programme funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), led by Professor Philip Conaghan. The post will be situated jointly in the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Medicine (LIRMM) and the School of Healthcare (SoH), both within the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

This mixed methods study will develop and subsequently evaluate (in conjunction with the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research) a digital rehabilitation package of care for distal upper limb pain. The Research Assistant in Digital Health will work closely with a Research Fellow in the planning, coordination and completion of all stages of the intervention development, and will conduct the mixed-methods evaluation embedded within the randomised controlled trial. Specifically, a literature review, Delphi study and qualitative interviews will first be used to define the components of the intervention. Subsequently, Experience Based Co-Design, with single-case design component analysis, will be used to develop and refine the components into a testable intervention. A qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the intervention will be undertaken with patients and healthcare professionals, prior to formal testing, to explore issues of usability, adoption and adherence of the intervention. Finally, a randomised controlled trial, with internal pilot and mixed-methods evaluation will be conducted to examine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of the digital rehabilitation package.

You will have a first degree or MSc in a subject area relating to health services research/applied health research/social science/psychology; or have equivalent research experience. You will also have relevant research experience in an academic or relevant care setting.

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