We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral, qualitative researcher with experience of social care research to join the Medical Sociology and Health Experiences Research Group (MS&HERG), Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. You will conduct in-depth qualitative interviews to understand how loneliness is characterised and experienced by people in receipt of social care services in England, and the perspectives of social care staff and the voluntary sector. The work is part of a programme of work recently funded by the National Institute for Health Research: ‘Understanding and using people’s experiences of social care to guide service improvements: could an effective and efficient co-design approach be translated from health to social care using the experience of loneliness as an exemplar?’
The national qualitative research study will involve interviews with a diverse sample of 40 - 50 social care users who self-identify as being lonely including people who are typically marginalised. A second sample will consist of 20 staff who provide support or manage services with a remit to tackle loneliness from Local Authorities, private or voluntary sectors. These interviews will explore how staff make sense of experiences of loneliness and where the touch points might be for preventative engagement with social care provision.
The wider project team includes Professor Sue Ziebland (Director of HERG, NIHR Senior Investigator and Programme Director of NIHR RfPB), Professor Yvonne Birks (Director of Research, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York), Professor Louise Locock (Professor of Health Services Research, University of Aberdeen).
The successful candidate will be a social scientist with experience of generating data through in-depth qualitative interviews and using theory-driven approaches to analysis. You will hold a PhD in either social science, health services research, health psychology or a related subject, have proven experience of qualitative research within a health or social care setting, with excellent interpersonal, analytic and communication skills and a good publication record. Ideally you will have particular experience of research within the social care sector.
The successful applicant will be line managed by the project PI, Dr Sara Ryan and will be supported by other co-investigators who have extensive expertise in the field.
The post is available full-time, fixed-term for 19 months from 1 June 2020. Part-time employment will be considered (not less than 80% FTE).
The closing date for applications is 12.000 noon on 17 February 2020. We plan to hold interviews on 28 February 2020
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