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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 29/03/2022.

Research Fellow - till 30.06.23

Job Reference: 389-A-22-56589

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

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Brief Description of the Role:


Do you have experience in, or would you like to pursue a career in, mental health or mental health research?

Are you interested in understanding how mental health organisations investigate and learn from suicide?


Patient and Family Involvement in Serious Incident Investigations: The ‘Learn Together’ Research Programme


The Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, motivated researcher to support a significant programme of patient safety research. The 'Learn Together' programme, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, is developing and testing guidance to support more meaningful involvement of patients, families and healthcare staff within serious incident investigations in acute and mental health settings. It aims to support those investigating serious harm events to work collaboratively with patients, families and healthcare staff to improve learning and reduce harm.


The ‘Learn Together’ team have been awarded additional funding to explore in more detail the potential for meaningful involvement and learning in investigations specifically following death by suicide. The successful candidate will be the primary researcher on this part of the programme. We are looking for a researcher who ideally has experience in a mental health setting to work on this qualitative interview study, which will involve a range of stakeholders. We are, therefore, particularly keen to hear from candidates with qualitative research experience. The successful candidate will support the work of the Senior Research Fellow leading this part of the programme. This will include engaging and managing relationships with families, NHS staff and organisational management as participants, and conducting interviews and analysis. There will also be opportunity to work on the main ‘Learn Together’ programme alongside two other researchers, undertaking ethnographic observation, collating ethnographic field notes, and collecting, collating and analysing qualitative data.


The post is situated in the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group (YQSR Group) at the Bradford Institute for Health Research. This successful, inclusive and enthusiastic 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. 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 ‘Learn Together’ programme also sits within the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (YH PSTRC:), contributing to a theme of work (led by Prof. Jane O’Hara) around patient involvement in patient safety.


If you would like to know more about this role, the work of the YQSR Group and YH PSTRC, please contact: Dr Siobhan McHugh ( or Dr Ruth Simms-Ellis (


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


Closing Date: 29.03.22 (This date may change dependent on the response)


Interview Date: 11.04.22

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