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Research Assistant (Band 6)

Job Reference: 363-CP5429

East London NHS Foundation Trust
CORP Autism Assessment Adults, LONDON
£36,481 to £44,044 pa inc HCA

ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) is making a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT)

Research Assistant (Band 6)
Full time (1.0 WTE) 23 Months

Location: Tower Hamlets Community Learning Disability Service, 2nd Floor Beaumont House, Mile End Hospital, London E1 4DG

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated researcher with an interest in autism in adulthood. You will join a research project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, that is designed to improve diagnostic services for adults seeking autism assessment.

You will work across adult autism assessment services in EFLT, in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Bedford. You will also have strong links with UCL in Bloomsbury, and with other sites outside the Trust, in Bristol and Cambridge.

The job involves taking a significant role in delivering a study of a new interview for diagnosing autism and duties will include: (1) facilitating recruitment of participants; (2) collecting data; (3) working with members of the autism community to ensure the project meets their needs; (4) conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis; and (5) writing research reports, including scientific papers for peer review journals.

As part of the role, you will receive regular supervision and the service is committed to continuous professional development with access to internal and external training opportunities. There will also be the chance to author scientific publications and present work to national and international audiences.

The successful candidate will have excellent research skills and, ideally, a postgraduate qualification (e.g., PhD) related to autism. They should be able to demonstrate experience of conducting research with autistic adults and of doing research in NHS services. They should have strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.

This post is full time (1.0 WTE) for 23 months.

The interview date is set for 7th August in the afternoon.

This post falls within the Criminal Records Disclosure Policy and therefore a criminal record check will be applied for, for successful candidate.



ELFT has been named one of the HSJ Top 10 best places to work in healthcare, HSJ Provider Trust of the Year and graded as Outstanding by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2018. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients. This Trust is clinician-led, and provides the highest possible level of clinical expertise throughout its services.

We have set ourselves the mission to improve the quality of life of all we serve, and have embarked on an ambitious Quality Improvement Programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts to improve.

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Geographic areas our services cover

ELFT provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire, Luton and psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond.

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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