Research Project Support Officer

Posted 16 September by NHS Business Services Authority

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On 18 August 2020, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced plans to establish the National Institute for Health Protection and consult on the best future options for strengthening health improvement and other public health functions in the wider system. Public Health England and many of its employees will be in scope for transition to new organisations in Spring 2021. Any new or current employees working for Public Health England during this time, will receive appropriate communications and consultation prior to any formal transfer taking place.  Employees who compulsorily transfer to successor bodies will remain on their existing contractual terms and conditions and this applies both to current employees and those recruited during the transition.  The recruitment, growth & development of our workforce is vital for the continuing success of PHE and the future National Institute for Health Protection.

Public Health England will provide strategic leadership and vision for protecting and improving the nation’s health. Its ambition is to lead nationally and enable locally a transformation in the health expectations of all people in England regardless of where they live and the circumstance of their birth. It will achieve this through the application of research, knowledge and skills. Public Health England is an executive agency of the Department of Health. It is a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support Government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.

The Primary Care and Interventions Unit is a nationally and internationally renowned Unit based in Gloucester that undertakes research and produces guidance and education to improve the public self-care and primary care clinicians’ management of infectious disease and promote better use of microbiology laboratory services. The Unit also works with general practices, nursing homes, universities, schools and the public to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance, respiratory and hand hygiene, chlamydia and other infections.

This post will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to further develop project management skills and a large range of, research skills, including both qualitative and quantitative methods and resource implementation skills.

As Research Project Support Officer, you will be required to support and co-ordinate projects within the Primary Care and Interventions Unit. You will have an MSc; some experience in project management and in the use of MS Office packages and statistical software (eg R/Stata/Epidata); experience of collating, analysing and reporting data and communicating research findings through publications and presentations. Background knowledge of community health care, infections, and antimicrobial stewardship will be an advantage.

There are two work streams available to be taken forward within the unit one will be assigned to the successful applicant depending on their skillset. In your application please state which work stream you feel you have the necessary skills to complete:

One work stream will take forward the analysis of a large 2020 public antimicrobial stewardship data set using STATA, so previous experience of analysis of large community based cross-sectional datasets will be important.

The second work stream will take forward TARGET Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) intervention development and evaluation in the pharmacy setting and facilitate AMS healthcare staff training. This is an ideal opportunity for pharmacists or nurse prescriber to expand their experience.

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).

For further information / an informal discussion about the post, please contact Donna Lecky or Emily Cooper .

Reference: 40883208

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