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Advanced PH Practitioner (Research)

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County Hall, Matlock
Salary details
Grade 13 £35,550.36 - £38,484.80 per annum
Job term
Part Time
Appointment type
Fixed Term - Due to finite funding until 31 March 2024
29 hours and 36 minutes per week
Closing Date
11 December 2022
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Advanced Public Health Practitioner (Research) - Fixed Term or Secondment Opportunity to 31st March 2024.

Derbyshire County Council is unable to sponsor international applicants in this role.  You can find out more about how you can work in the UK by visiting Work in the UK - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Do you have significant experience of conducting research utilising qualitative methods evidenced by a PhD?  Do you want to make a significant impact on improving population health outcomes by utilising your skills/experience to tackle the inequalities that exist within our population which are complex and exacerbating equity of access to services?  If so, this opportunity could be for you. 

We are seeking to appoint an experienced qualitative researcher to co-produce public health outcome measures with under-served communities in Derbyshire whilst working in collaboration with our PH Localities Team. 

This post will be hosted by Derbyshire County Council in partnership with the University of Nottingham, and as such you will be contributing to the NIHR vision to address public health challenges through research by increasing local authority and academic collaboration.

This is a unique opportunity for an ambitious public health researcher to contribute to the NIHR programme of work to expand applied research to under-served communities, funded by the NIHR Clinical Research Network East Midlands.

The post is being offered at between 0.6FTE and 0.8FTE with the contract available until 31st March 2024.  Although based at County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire County Council are currently operating a hybrid model of working with opportunity for both home and office-based working when not working directly in communities across Derbyshire.

The Role

In this role you will carry out a qualitative research project under the supervision of senior colleagues in Derbyshire County Council PH Division and the University of Nottingham. Working with traditionally excluded populations across the eight district boroughs of Derbyshire County, the research aims to understand what being healthy/wellbeing looks like for these communities, with a view to producing meaningful health improvement measures for local authority public health interventions.

This will involve a range of outreach activities to recruit underserved communities into the research working with local authority and wider partners.  The successful candidate will contribute to the design and delivery of the research, undertaking data preparation, analysis and writing up, including reports and publications whilst contributing to developing a research-active public health department.  You will also be responsible for associated administrative tasks such as organising field work trips and transcription work.  All fieldwork expenses will be paid for as part of the project.

Skills and Qualifications

Applicants are required to have a PhD (or equivalent experience) in a related discipline, demonstrable skills and experience of conducting qualitative research with diverse groups, excellent oral and written communication skills with a track record of published research and presenting to academic and non-academic audiences.

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person profile as sub-headings in their application under ‘Suitability for job’ to evidence how they meet each of the selection criteria. Please also see the job profile for competencies and general overview of the role.

What we offer you

The post holder will benefit from the opportunity to gain practical experience of designing and delivering research in a local authority setting that is committed to becoming more research active. Working in Derbyshire County Council Public Health, the successful applicant will be part of an exciting and innovative programme of work to facilitate and develop research participation, build research capacity and capability, and strengthening how we connect and work with communities. The post holder will be joining a forward thinking, collaborative and supportive team providing an opportunity to work with multiple stakeholders and networks across the wider system.

In addition, close support from the project team at the University of Nottingham will broaden the individuals experience and existing skillset, in support of the university mission to improve people’s health and wellbeing by offering outstanding education and research.

How to apply

Please apply using the link at the top of this page, CVs will not be accepted for this position.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to shirley.devine@derbyshire.gov.uk or joanne.morling@nottingham.ac.uk

Provisional Interview Date: 21December 2022


Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. Click here to see our policy on criminal background checks.