Specialist Research Lead

Job reference: 084611

Location: Flexible

Job closing date: 28/01/2022

Job posted date: 11/01/2022

Salary: Band 7 (£40,872 - £47,846)

Employment type: Fixed-term or Secondment

Job Type: Medical and Dental

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: Clinical Effectiveness (Dental)

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland

*** COVID-19 – Please note that during this time all interviews will be conducted remotely.  If successful, you will also initially be working remotely in line with the guidance from the Scottish Government***

Location: This Specialist Research Lead post will be within the Dental Directorate’s Clinical Effectiveness Workstream, which is based in Dundee Dental Education Centre (DDEC). The successful postholder’s base of work may be DDEC or an alternative site. NES is a remote friendly employer supporting office, remote and hybrid working.

Duration: Fixed Term Contract for 12 months

*Secondment/SLA in the first instance for NHS Staff

Who We Are

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the national health board with statutory responsibilities to effect sustainable change through workforce development, education and training across the health and social care system in Scotland, while working at UK level with partner organisations.

Working within NES’s Dental Directorate, the Clinical Effectiveness Workstream generates and synthesises research evidence, makes national guidance recommendations and supports their implementation. It also contributes to the development and implementation of specific Scottish Government quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives. In this way the Clinical Effectiveness Workstream supports healthcare professionals to adopt and apply up-to-date knowledge and skills, facilitates the delivery of safe, effective and evidence-based patient care and advances quality improvement.

What You Will Do

We are now seeking an experienced researcher to join the guidance development team within the Clinical Effectiveness Workstream. This team has an international reputation for developing and publishing Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) clinical guidance, which is widely used by healthcare professionals in practice, in education and for training throughout Scotland and beyond. You may also contribute to other research and evaluation activities within the workstream related to the implementation of SDCEP guidance.

Your key tasks will include, but will not be restricted to :

  • Managing guidance development projects
  • Literature searching, critical appraisal, evidence synthesis and summarising
  • Drafting and developmental editing of clinical guidance, associated implementation tools and other reports and products for a range of intended audiences
  • Working with a range of stakeholders to understand diverse contexts and to inform decision making
  • Contributing to the development of methodologies within the workstream to streamline and enhance working practices
  • Collaborating with colleagues in designing, conducting and reporting research activities

About You

  • You will bring experience and understanding of research methodologies and critical appraisal.
  • You will have experience of managing projects, be able to prioritise workload, establish goals, timescales and work plans and meet agreed targets.
  • You will be a skilled presenter able to communicate complex information and will have excellent IT, information management, analytical and numerical skills.  
  • With a keen eye for detail and quality, you will have experience in drafting and producing papers and reports for publication.
  • Able to work within a team, you will have good leadership, communication and interpersonal skills and a flexible approach to learning and problem solving.
  • Importantly, we recognise that you might have gained your research experience and developed your skills in a non-healthcare discipline. If you are keen to apply these within a new setting, we would certainly like to hear from you.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and may be directed to douglas.stirling@nhs.scot.

*Applicants who wish to apply on a secondment basis are strongly encouraged to discuss this with their current employer at the earliest opportunity.

For further information please refer to the Job Information Pack below.

Unless otherwise stated the deadline for applications is 23:59 hours on the closing date.

Closing date: 28.01.2022

Interview date: 08.02.2022

We actively encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds, regardless of gender, age, religion, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief.