Digital Health Communications Research Associate

£34,804 - £40,322 per annum - Grade 7
Jul 01, 2020
Aug 01, 2020
Medicine, Medical
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting chance to be part of a telerehabilitation research project aiming to optimise the remote assessment of people recovering from Covid-19 and those with physical disability.

The University of Plymouth, in collaboration with a number of NHS and Social Care partners, has been awarded UKRI Medical Research Council funding to develop and evaluate a training package to support remote assessment of people recovering from Covid-19 and those with physical disability.

  • In this project we aim to upskill both the health and care workforce by developing and evaluating a training package to support the remote assessment of people recovering from Covid-19 and those with physical disability.
  • As Research Associate you will work closely with the Project Manager and the core team of academics, NHS and Social Care services staff (initially from across the SouthWest) and patients, to develop, deliver and evaluate the Assessment Toolkit and Training package.
  • This position is one of two posts supporting the core Telerehabilitation academic team. Under the direction of the Project Manager, specifically employed for this project, you will regularly report to the Chief Investigator and Core team on the progress of training toolkit, which will be informed by the Knowledge to Action (KTA) framework, wherein iterative cycles of knowledge gathering, draft development and evaluation of the toolkit will be implemented.
  • This post will have two primary areas of focus:
  • Developing Resource materials for the Assessment Toolkit: you will have responsibility for producing, co-ordinating, maintaining, updating and distributing resource materials, web content, social media channels, newsletters, etc.
  • Training Events: you will support colleagues in ensuring the efficient and cost-effective organisation, promotion and delivery of distance-based training events.
  • Alongside the Project Manager you will take responsibility for data collection (qualitative and qualitative in nature), analyses and dissemination.
  • You will be expected to promote the Telerehabilitation project across health and social care forums, initially in the SouthWest but then nationally.
  • This post will predominately involve home working, utilising distance based methods to engage and communicate with project team members and stakeholders. The physical office base will be at the Peninsula Allied Health Centre, School of Health Professions, Derriford, Plymouth.
  • You will normally possess a relevant PhD
  • You will have a track record of working collaboratively and flexibly with a diverse range of project partners including academics, professionals, patients and students.
  • You will have extensive knowledge of Research, including qualitative and quantitative methods, and ideally will have also have experience of electronic survey development, administration and analysis.
  • Experience of developing educational training programmes would be beneficial
  • You will proactively develop the project social media presence by working with the project team to identify activities and content of interest to project stakeholders
  • You will be able to demonstrate a skilled approach to planning, managing, organising and objectively assessing your own training / research contributions.

Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the knowledge, qualifications, training and experience elements of the in your supporting statement.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Professor Jenny Freeman by email

This vacancy will involve working with vulnerable adults and any appointment will be subject a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Interviews are likely to take place on 28th July 2020 and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.

We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.

This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis for 12 months due to the nature of the funding.

Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the University is currently implementing a number of safety measures as per Government advice therefore the successful applicant may be required to work from home in the first instance.

Flexible working options including job share will be considered.

The University of Plymouth is committed to equality of opportunity, promoting a diverse and inclusive culture, demonstrated through our commitment to the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and as a Stonewall diversity champion. All applications will be judged solely on merit, however, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in the workforce, for example black and minority ethnic groups.

University of Plymouth holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework) Silver by the Office for Students.

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