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Research Assistant - QMUL13526

Department: Centre for Primary Care and Public Health - Blizard Institute
Salary: £30,445-32,093 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL13526
Date posted: 01-Dec-2017
Closing date: 04-Jan-2018

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Applications are invited for a one year Research Assistant post in the Clinical Effectiveness Group (CEG) under the supervision of Dr John Robson.  CEG is within the Centre for Primary Care and Public health in the Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London. The Blizard Institute is the largest institute of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and aims to deliver excellence in all aspects of research, teaching and clinical service.

The purpose of the project is to produce a rich and detailed understanding of the complexity of communicating about and improving cardiovascular health among socially diverse patient groups. This involves communication of information on risk, clinical management, use of medicines and lifestyle changes required for the NHS Health Checks programme. It may include the recording of patient or citizen perspectives on cardiovascular health, personal risk, health improvement and medicines, as well as professional perspectives on communication of messages around these topics to patients.

Essential requirements for the post include experience of developing and evaluating materials for communication with attendees at the NHS Health Check programme and to support medicines adherence, optimisation and safety. The applicant should have also have experience in carrying out systematic reviews.

The post-holder will be responsible for collecting and analysing in-depth qualitative data from interviews in relation to the NHS Health Check programme.  This information will be used to develop modes of communication and inform a process of participatory co-design of professional e-learning materials and patient engagement resources. The post-holder will also conduct a systematic review on studies relating to medicines adherence. A demonstrated ability to communicate well, work within a team and maintain good records are also essential.

The post is full time and fixed term for one year commencing 01 February 2018.  Starting salary will be in the range £30,445-32,093 inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Applicants are required to provide all certificates at interview to confirm their qualifications (specified in the Job Description).

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.  Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr John Robson -

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Details about the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health and GEG can be found at and

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The closing date for applications is 04 January 2018.  Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.



Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality


The School of Medicine and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.

The School of Medicine holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award.  We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers.  We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support.  As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN principles we strongly encourage applications from women.



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