Research Associate (0.6 FTE)
Fixed term post until May 2022
Researchers in the Faculty of Health, Education and Wellbeing are conducting an evaluation of how patients have experienced the move to remote and digital healthcare for weight management services (WMS) within two NHS trusts. The COVID-19 pandemic meant that WMS moved to remote healthcare, in place of face-to-face. This presents an opportunity to examine how acceptable and accessible remote healthcare is for patients living with obesity. Whilst digital WMS presents exciting possibilities, switching to remote healthcare has not suited some patients. To provide accessible and acceptable remote healthcare to future patients living with obesity, we need to better understand who remote healthcare is most likely to help, how, and why – which is why we are proposing this evaluation. This evaluation will contribute new knowledge regarding how accessible and acceptable patients living with obesity find remote WMS, and what barriers they experience. This knowledge will be used to make recommendations and create practical resources for patients and practitioners. Patient stakeholders will be involved at every stage of this research project.
The Research Associate will work closely with the research team at the University of Wolverhampton, and with patient and practitioner collaborators at two NHS trusts (Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust) to develop and carry out two pieces of empirical work. The first study will involve qualitative research expertise, as it requires conducting and analysing qualitative focus groups and/or interviews. The second study will require skills in quantitative research methods, as the researcher will be assisting in the design and analysis of a large-scale survey and assisting with psychometric scale development. Assisting with the development of project outcomes to include funder reports, patient and practitioner training materials, and guidelines for practice will also be a key duty of the Research Associate.
As the post holder will be working alongside patients living with obesity, as patient representatives, and also gathering data from this population, it is critical that they are mindful and sensitive to the social and political issues facing individuals living with obesity and that their communication reflects this. You will be expected to work independently and to take on responsibility in liaising with the NHS patients and practitioners. You will also be expected to assist with the writing of reports and academic articles. Some travel will be required to NHS sites (this can be via public transport or own vehicle, and travel expenses are available). Occasional evening or weekend working may be required in order to complete focus groups and/or interviews during study 1.
You will hold a good first degree or equivalent in psychology or a closely related discipline, with a strong emphasis on experimentation and data analysis. You must have demonstrable experience in both the qualitative and quantitative research methods required to undertake this post. A postgraduate qualification within psychology or closely related area is also required; ideally this will be a PhD, but exceptional candidates with an MSc and relevant research experience will also be considered. All applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English.
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Wendy Nicholls (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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