Research Associate in Social Policy and Social Work

University of York Department of Social Policy and Social Work

United Kingdom

Research Associate

Department:Social Policy and Social Work
Based at:University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work:Full-time
Contract status:Fixed term
Salary:33,309-40,927 a year
Interview Date:To be confirmed
Posted Date:14/01/2022
Apply by:13/02/2022
Job Reference:10259

Role Description


This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing and friendly research group in the International Centre for Mental Health Social Research in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. We are looking for a skilled and versatile Research Associate to join a multi-centre team undertaking a randomised controlled trial of ‘Community Navigators’ for people with treatment-resistant depression.


Community Navigators will work with participating service users to increase their social activities and community engagement. The focus of the programme is to reduce loneliness, which is the intended means to reduce depression, the primary trial outcome, and achieve other health and social benefits. Further aims are: to determine the cost-effectiveness of the Community Navigator programme, and to explore its perceived impact, how benefits were achieved, and key considerations for its provision in NHS settings.

You will conduct standardised assessment interviews at baseline, 8 months and at 14 months. Depression and loneliness data will additionally be collected at 4- and 11-month follow-ups. You will also collect qualitative data from intervention participants and providers during the internal pilot in the early stages of the study and later in the trial after the 8-month follow-up to explore experiences of the programme and how perceived benefits were achieved.

You will work closely with the research team and clinical staff in Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust to assist with tasks such as participant recruitment, taking informed consent and other tasks associated with the successful completion of the trial.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You should have a PhD in a relevant social science or health science subject or equivalent experience. You will have knowledge of mental health social care to engage in high quality research, randomised controlled trial methodology and the processes involved in developing and evaluating social interventions. You will have experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research, conducting research in mental health or social care services and writing up research work for publication. You will have the ability to work with agility and flexibility with team members, research participants and other stakeholders and collaboratively with service users, carers and practitioners. You will also have the ability to plan and prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines, including using initiative to plan research programmes. You will have highly developed communication skills, attention to detail and commitment to high quality. You will be able to travel throughout England as required by the project.

This appointment will be subject to a criminal record check at 'enhanced' level from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

For informal enquiries: please contact Martin Webber by email at

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