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Senior Research Associate (DCEPT)

Health Research
Salary:   £36,386 to £42,155
Closing Date:   Sunday 09 October 2022
Interview Date:   Tuesday 18 October 2022
Reference:  0752-22

Division of Health Research

Senior Research Associate 

Part-time (0.50 fte, 18.25 hours)

Grade 7 


The Division of Health Research (DHR) within Lancaster University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine is seeking to appoint a Senior Research Associate, to work as part of the International Observatory on End of Life Care. The post holder will play a key role in supporting research associated with the Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust (DCEPT) Sir Robert Boyd Fellowship, awarded to Dr Danni Collingridge Moore. The research aims to explore how policy recommendations for managing pandemics can be developed and implemented successfully in care homes, and how the effect of such recommendations can be measured and monitored. The research is funded by Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust (DCEPT). 


The fellowship is titled ‘Living and dying in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic: what worked well and why?’. The research programme has three stages: a scoping review, case studies of care homes and a transparent expert consultation. In stage one, a scoping review of policy recommendations issued during the pandemic will explore the aims of the recommendations, their implementation, and how the intended effects of such recommendations were measured. In stage two, six to eight care homes identified as having managed relatively well or relatively poorly during the pandemic, in terms of infections, outbreaks, hospital admissions, deaths and staff absences will be used as organisational case studies. In stage three, the findings of the previous two stages will be combined and fed into a transparent expert consultation.


The post holder will work with Dr Danni Collingridge Moore and colleagues from DHR, in the preparation and delivery of the study. This is likely to include a range of research skills including conducting interviews with care home staff members, analysing qualitative data, supporting an expert workshop, conducting an online survey, preparing research ethics and governance applications, and preparing papers for publication. You will demonstrate excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work alongside a range of staff and other stakeholders (such as care home staff, DCEPT representatives and the Enabling Research in Care Homes network (ENRICH)). 


You must have PhD qualification in a relevant discipline, experience of conducting qualitative interviews and analysing qualitative data. Ideally, you will have experience conducting research on COVID-19 in care homes. Experience of working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary research team and with care homes, would be a definite advantage. We are looking for a committed individual with an interest in becoming a key part of our end of life research team.  


The International Observatory on End of Life Care conducts high quality cutting edge research and provides innovative educational programmes to improve palliative and end of life care for patients and family members.  See


The Faculty provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, promoting a healthy work-life balance. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education.


The position is available from November 2022 and we are open to discussing job share/part-time working and flexible working arrangements including working week and days/hours worked and flexible start and finish times. 


You will join us on an indefinite contract however the role remains contingent on external funding which at this time is due to come to an end 24 months from commencement of contract.


For further information, please contact: Dr Danni Collingridge Moore


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