Article 22.01.2021

Job Opportunity: Clinical Researcher

Grade: Band 7 (£38,890 - £44,503 per annum pro rata)

Contract: Fixed term: 12 months; full time: 37.5 hours per week

Closing: 04/02/2021 23:59

We are looking for a Clinical Researcher  with sufficient knowledge in the conduct and delivery of systematic reviews; and experience of undertaking service evaluation research in health and/or social care systems. The successful candidate will be part of a research team within the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) in the East of England.

The research team will carry out a service evaluation of Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD) patients and care pathways currently within Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT). The project involves collaborations with the Eastern Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT) and Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP).

This project follows an agreement with Janssen-Cilag Limited Company that will provide funding to evaluate current service provision, specifically for Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD), in CPFT to inform the future development of a specialist service and following value-based commissioning in mental health. You will be asked to conduct a scoping reviews of the current scientific literature on Values Based Commissioning (VbC) and to establish the current evidence base for specialised services for treatment resistant depression.

You will be responsible for gathering and synthesising best evidence, clinical expertise, and patient/carer priorities, which will lead to either an opinion paper or a narrative review. Data will be collected across primary, secondary and community mental health settings in CPFT to establish a minimum data set and current outcome metrics, and undertake an initial characterisation of the current cohort of patients attending CPFT with a primary diagnosis of depression using the search engine CRATE (Clinical Records Anonymisation and Text Extraction). This real-world data from CPFT should inform and update the Janssen’s Pathway Pro model. There will strong health economics focus to this project and the successful applicant will be working in collaboration with colleagues leading on this area.

The ideal candidate would demonstrate excellent communication and relationship building skills, experience in systematic reviews, quantitative and qualitative research methods and evaluation methodologies, and an ability to be flexible and work autonomously.

As a Clinical Researcher you will be based in Cambridge

The job description and person specification can be found here.

Further details / Informal contact

Jesus Perez, Lead Consultant Psychiatrist