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Join the Alliance as the Community Health Engagement and Research Lead – applications close 25th September

This role is to lead the work of the new Community-Led Health Research and Prioritisation Project in Worcestershire. This is a Herefordshire and Worcestershire wide project, with the VCSE Alliance responsible for Worcestershire delivery (there is an equivalent role in Herefordshire).

This project is focussed on largely under-researched communities in Worcestershire with dispersed and diverse populations including those that are seldom heard. The geographical remoteness in parts of the county combined with poor public transport, and sparse high-speed broadband and mobile network coverage makes accessing healthcare and/or virtual appointments challenging. In turn, this impacts negatively upon engagement and participation in research.

The project is funded by the Clinical Research Network West Midlands (CRN WM) which is a network within the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). Working with VCSE partners, the project aims to engage with communities about research, thus building a sustainable model for continued conversations, integration, and feedback, which will iteratively inform future research strategies across the Integrated Care System (ICS).

Overall Purpose of the Role

The purpose of the role is to maximise opportunities for people to participate in health and social care research within a diverse and rural Integrated Care System (ICS) through collaboration with Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) partners.

This will bring research to underserved communities, increasing local engagement, equality, diversity, and inclusion. In turn, we will be able to inform researchers as to the most needed studies in our region and advise how best to engage with our communities. This collaborative approach will both embed and sustain a culture for research across the ICS.

Application process

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 25th September. We intend to hold interviews w/c 2nd October. This process will include a short task/presentation and a face-to-face interview with a small panel.

Applications for all posts should be sent by email to: kay@worcsalliance.org

A start date in November or December would be ideal.

We are required to see a passport or other original statutory documentation to prove you have a legal right to work in this country. We will also need to see original certificates of all relevant qualifications that you hold.  

Main Terms and Conditions

Salary:            £32,000 pro-rata (£19,200)

Hours              22.5 hours per week, flexible between Monday and Friday – 9am and 5.30pm. Occasional evening and weekend meetings may need to be attended.

Location:        Mobile working with travel across Worcestershire. Office work can be carried out either at home or at Young Solutions, Severn House, 32 Ombersley Street West, Droitwich WR9 8QZ

Leave:             25 days per annum pro rata

Expenses:      Authorised travel, basic subsistence when working away from base and other expenses will be reimbursed according to guidelines and rates set by the Employer.

Transport:      You will need access to a vehicle for this role. Mileage associated with the role will be reimbursed at rates set by the employer. Insurance for business use is essential for this role.  

Duration:        This post will be a one-year contract initially.


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