Research Associate

Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme
£32,004 per annum pro rata
02 Jun 2017
29 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Keele University

Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences

Research Associate: Health Services Research

One Year Fixed Term 1.0FTE

Grade 7, Starting salary £32,004 per annum pro rata

Post Ref: KU00000505

Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, innovative research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student experience. With a turnover in excess of £134 million, over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2000, the University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects and promotes world-class research. Further information can be found at

You will work within the Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences on two studies. The first study is funded by the charity Arthritis Research UK: “Patient direct access to NHS musculoskeletal physiotherapy: what is the impact on patients, general practice and physiotherapy services (STEMS 2 study)”. The STEMS 2 study will examine the impact over time on GP MSK workload of providing a patient direct access to physiotherapy pathway for adults with MSK conditions in primary care, and whether it is cost-effective. Using qualitative methods, we will also examine the impact of patient direct access to physiotherapy for patients, general practitioners, physiotherapists and commissioners. The implications of these findings for service provision and implementation will be considered.

The project team is based at the Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences at Keele University, in collaboration with colleagues at the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham, and the Rand Corporation. This role focuses on exploring the impact on patients, general practitioners, physiotherapists and commissioners, and involves liaising closely with team members, and frequent travel between research sites. 

The second study is funded by the School of Primary Care Research and is a qualitative meta-synthesis: Understanding the support needs of people with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME): A qualitative meta-synthesis. The key function of this post is to conduct the literature search, data extraction, analysis and lead writing up of the meta-synthesis.

You will be a highly motivated researcher with at least a PhD in a relevant health-related discipline or equivalent experience in the design, analysis and writing up of qualitative research studies; and experience of qualitative meta-synthesis. You must have excellent communication and organisation skills, be able to work independently, have experience of qualitative analysis using Nvivo, and be willing to travel in the North West of England. Understanding and/or experience of health services research is essential.

The Research Institute is committed to the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

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Closing date for applications: 3 July 2017.

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