Research Fellow DPACT
Plymouth University
Plymouth, GB
6d ago
  • Based in the Faculty of Health, the Peninsula Medical School is committed to three core aims : outstanding clinical education;
  • strong social engagement; and world-class research which all feature strongly in the student learning experience. A key strength is a close relationship with NHS partners, with early clinical contact for all students.

    The South West offers healthcare and learning opportunities of exceptional quality; Derriford is one of Europe’s largest hospitals and the only trauma centre in Devon and Cornwall.

    A further strength is our scholarly approach to education, supported by the Division of Education Scholarship. The Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research is the core of research activity, providing a thriving community that conducts adventurous world-leading research with the explicit purpose of improving the health and care of the populations we serve.

    The opportunity has arisen for a Research Fellow to join the Community and Primary Care Research Group within the Faculty of Health.

    We would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible after August 2022; the position is funded until 31st October 2023.

    Dementia PersonAlised Care Team (D-PACT) :

    D-PACT is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded programme that aims to develop and evaluate a multidisciplinary complex intervention, based in primary care, for improving wellbeing and health related quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.

    The D-PACT feasibility study involved designing, delivering and evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a support worker intervention, based in GP surgeries, to support people with dementia and their carer using a person-centred coaching approach.

    We are now in Phase 2 of our programme (Years 4-5), where we are undertaking a realist-informed evaluation of the potential value and impact of the intervention.

    Outcomes from this programme have the potential to inform practice and process for dementia care within the NHS, as well as inform methods used by other researchers working with this population.

    We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual with excellent interpersonal skills to work on the D-PACT study. You will work closely with the Programme Lead, Research Fellows, and the rest of the multi-site D-PACT research team, to support completion of the evaluation of the D-PACT intervention.

    We require applicants to have the ability to co-lead the mixed-methods longitudinal realist evaluation. You will also be able to make a substantive contribution to the methodological and conceptual aspects of the project including developing and applying realist health economic methodology in collaboration with colleagues.

    You will be responsible for monitoring the day-to-day running of aspects of the realist evaluation, and monitoring overall progress to ensure project deadlines are met.

    You will also have experience of conducting qualitative coding, analyses and writing up findings for peer-reviewed publications.

    You will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification / experience in a relevant health and social care related field.

    You will have knowledge of the dementia care research field; some experience working with people with dementia and / or their carers is an advantage.

    You will have strong research skills, including experience in quantitative and qualitative approaches; and demonstrable experience leading aspects of a research project through to completion.

    Knowledge and experience of realist methodology is essential; as you will take a prominent role co-leading the mixed-methods realist evaluation of D-PACT.

    The post is based in Plymouth; and involves some travel to the research sites in Mid-East Devon, and the occasional overnight stay in our twin site based in Manchester.

    For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Dr Tomasina Oh by email

    Please clearly specify on your application whether you are applying for full-time or have alternative part-time working arrangements you wish to be considered.

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

    This role will require an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check plus an Adults’ BarredList check.

    Interviews are likely to take place week commencing Friday 19 August 2022 and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.

    This is a full-time, fixed-term position ending Tuesday 31 October 2023 due to funding, working 37 hours a week.

    Flexible working options including job share will be considered.

    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.

    The Faculty of Health holds a Silver Athena Swan Award and the University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM academia.

    Staff appointed within the Faculty of Health may be able to join the NHS pension scheme subject to eligibility criteria.

  • The University of Plymouth has a strong interdisciplinary research ethos which is supported by our three strategic Research Institutes;
  • the Marine Institute, the Sustainable Earth Institute, and the Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research. As a member of our academic community, you’ll be expected to contribute to our recognised research strengths.

    Working holistically across the University, you will be challenged to innovate, collaborate and deliver impactful research contributions as part of a systems thinking approach to addressing today’s global challenges.

    The University of Plymouth is a diverse, welcoming community where everyone makes a difference and is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work.

    To find out more about our inclusive community, initiatives such as Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter and our range of benefits / support mechanisms such as flexible working, staff networks and enhanced maternity, paternity & adoption leave please visit our

    We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups such as BAME / BIPOC and LGBT+

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