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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 29/08/2021.

Research Fellow - Till 30.04.22 to cover maternity leave

Job Reference: 389-A-21-49316

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Quality & Safety Research
£32,306 - £39,027 pa

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Brief Description of the Role:


Are you interested in understanding how to support patients and families after harm events?

Do you want your research to have real impact?

Do you want to be part of an exciting multi-disciplinary research group?


Patient and Family Involvement in Serious Incident Investigations (PFI-SII)

Research Programme


The Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, highly organised and motivated researcher to support a significant programme of patient safety research. This programme, funded over a 39-month period by the National Institute for Health Research, aimed to first explore the experience of patients and families, and staff who have been involved in a serious incident and/or investigation in acute and mental health settings, and the process of further litigation. Based on this evidence, we are currently co-designing – with patients and families, staff and other stakeholders – new guidance for the involvement of patients and families in serious incident investigations. In Autumn 2021 we will then go on to evaluate these new processes in a small number of cases across mental health settings, acute care settings and nationally, within the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch. The aim of this work is to support those involved in investigating serious harm events in the settings described above, to work together meaningfully and collaboratively with patients and families, and to improve the experience at this most difficult time, and the learning from these investigations.


We are seeking an enthusiastic and organised researcher with experience of qualitative research, to cover a period of maternity leave. The successful candidate will be one of three researchers involved in evaluating the new co-designed processes and guidance during live investigations across our NHS partner organisations. Therefore, we are particularly keen to hear from candidates with ethnographic research experience. The successful candidate will support the work of the Programme Manager in all aspects of the research programme. This will include engaging and managing relationships with patients, families and NHS staff as participants, observing meetings, compiling field notes, conducting interviews and analysis.


The Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group:

The successful candidates will join our team, the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group. This dynamic group of researchers conducts high quality, rigorous and applied research to develop and evaluate innovative solutions to patient safety problems. The group comprises researchers and leading academics from the Universities of Leeds, York and Bradford teamed with clinicians and managers from the Bradford health community, with the ultimate aim of making a real impact on the way health services are delivered. The research also sits within the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre specifically contributing to a theme of work (led by Jane O’Hara) around patient involvement in patient safety. Over the past decade the YQSR Group has established a national and international reputation for working collaboratively across institutions and disciplines to address key, clinically relevant questions in patient safety.


The YQSR Group is a friendly, hard-working and enthusiastic team, with real and lasting research relationships with local, national and international clinicians, managers, policy makers and other academic researchers. We are housed within the Bradford Institute for Health Research, which is located on the Bradford Royal Infirmary site, with easy transport links to elsewhere in the region.


If you would like to know more about this role, the work of the YQSR Group and YH PSTRC, please contact: Professor Jane O’Hara, jane.o’ or Dr Ruth Simms-Ellis


We can offer staff gymnasiums on both hospital sites, excellent pension scheme and advice on childcare.


Closing Date: 29.08.21 (This date may change dependent on the response)


Interview Date: 10.09.21

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