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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 25/05/2022.

Senior Research Evaluator - Band 7

Job Reference: 427-CEF20220418

West of England Academic Health Science Network
West of England AHSN
Bristol / Agile Working
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum

Funded by NHS England, The Office for Life Sciences and NHS Improvement, the West of England Academic Health Science Network exists to accelerate the spread of innovative, evidence-based practice to improve health and care in the West of England. We work with all five acute Trusts, five Clinical Commissioning Groups, five community providers, two mental health Trusts and three universities in the West of England. We also work closely with local businesses, small and medium enterprises, Local Enterprise Partnerships and a range of other academic partners to facilitate the adoption and spread of innovation into health and social care.

We are committed to improving outcomes for patients through improving access to research, applying evidence and ensuring consistency of clinical practice. We run projects working at scale to spread evidence-based quality improvements across the region.

Our highly collaborative network accelerates the scale and pace of delivering consistent good practice across our communities. This work is underpinned by high levels of collaboration with industry to ensure that we are innovative, enhance patient outcomes and drive up wealth in our local economy.

We host the Patient Safety Collaborative for the West of England and manage a wide improvement agenda working across all health care sectors. Our aim is to reduce incidents of harm and improve quality. We are committed to supporting and building the quality improvement capability and capacity of our local organisations.

Senior Research Evaluator - Band 7

The West of England Academic Health Science Network supports the spread and adoption of innovation in the NHS. Evaluation and Insight are vital for the NHS to deliver the world-class services that people expect. The West of England AHSN has recently invested in the development of an Evaluation & Insight team to support the delivery of high-quality analytic support and evaluation capability for our local and national programmes. This is an exciting time to join a new and developing team, where you will be able to help shape the early growth of this new service.

So, if you are an experienced researcher or evaluator, used to responding to the needs of different stakeholders and looking to make your mark in an innovative, forward-thinking organisation, this role may well suit you. We are looking for an exceptional candidate who has experience of using a range of epistemological qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis, preferably in an evaluation or applied research setting.

Main duties of the job

• To be an active member of the Evaluation & Insights Team and support the growth of this new function within West of England AHSN.

• Provide evaluation leadership to a range of complex, often high-profile projects and programme within the AHSN’s business plan.

• Evaluate the impact and implementation of innovative service developments and technological solutions to improve health and care outcomes.

• Critically evaluate the outcomes, strengths and weaknesses of implementation models, and develop evaluation frameworks for health and care innovations within the West of England AHSN Innovation Pipeline.

• Use health research quality and transparency standards to report findings.

What does the candidate look like?

• You will be highly adaptable at undertaking activities in a range of health and care areas using transferable research evaluation skills and knowledge. You must be an innovative thinker, constantly searching for new ways to approach problems and find solutions.

• You will have real-world experience of conducting field work such as interviews, focus groups, observations and other qualitative data collection approaches, as well as a solid understanding of the principles of epidemiology and research methodology, as well as conceptual frameworks.

•You will be able to able to select and interpret a range of statistical tests, with experience and knowledge of specialist research software.

• Having excellent formal and informal presentation skills will be essential to sharing your ideas, knowledge and findings, and working collaboratively across our organisation.

• As an experienced Research Evaluator, you will be able to interpret information and quickly assimilate data and spot inconsistencies /patterns, working with us to develop measurement approaches for our local and national programmes.

What we can offer you

In addition to working with a vibrant developing team, this is an excellent opportunity to broaden your experience across all health and social care organisations. All staff at the West of England AHSN have access to our accredited Academy training, as well as a chance to practice and hone facilitation skills, and a QI mentor. If you have not yet completed a QSIR (Quality, service improvement and redesign) course, we will support you to complete this. As an employee of the Royal United Hospital Bath, staff can access the wide range of benefits and services offered.

What you need to know…

We are an NHS organisation and employment with the AHSN is through the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Trust. Applications are through the NHS Jobs website. We cannot accept direct applications from via CV from candidates or agencies.

Our team is based in Bristol. Whilst we have, and will continue to work remotely, you will need to be able to travel to Bristol by agreement with your Line Manager. You may also need to travel within our region and to other parts of the country.

We are committed to creating a diverse team, and within the requirements of the job description welcome applications from people whatever their background and previous experience. We are always happy for people interested in working for us to contact us for informal discussions prior to application or interview.

The post is full-time (37.5 hours/week) and we would welcome applications from NHS staff interested in this post as a secondment opportunity.

To find out more about this opportunity please contact: Genevieve Riley, Senior Programme Manager (Evaluation and Insight).

Should we receive high level of applications, this vacancy may be expired early. We therefore encourage you to submit your application as soon as you are able to. If you feel you need additional time to do this please contact the recruitment team to discuss how we may be able to help.

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If you are successful in being offered a position at the Trust, your information will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record database and a local file will be created and retained on site at the Trust. For further information about how we use your data, please refer to our privacy notice attached to this advert.

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We will request references covering the last three years of work or study by email. One referee must be your current/most recent line manager or tutor. Please supply an organisational email address for your referees on your application form so that we can verify the reference.

Tier 2 Sponsorship (formerly Work Permit):

Applicants who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitable EU/EEA candidate is appointable as the employing body is unlikely to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test required by UK Visas and Immigration. For further information please visit UK Visas and Immigration website.

Please note, unless stated in the advert, we are not able to pay interview or relocation expenses.

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