Research Fellow in Prison Healthcare (Qualitative)

University of Leeds

United Kingdom


Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in qualitative health research? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

The National Institute for Health Research has funded a 30-month, large mixed methods study about prison healthcare within its Health Services and Delivery Research Programme. The study aims to explore gaps and variations in the quality of primary care for prisoners and identify ways of improving the quality of care. There are four inter-linking work packages.

You will have good skills in qualitative methods and analysis, ideally having previously conducted healthcare research with marginalised groups. You will be responsible for leading and delivering the qualitative work-package which involves interviews with ex-prisoners and prison healthcare staff, conducted in the community. You will perform an inductive thematic analysis and write up the findings for the final report and peer reviewed publications.

Further, you will be involved in other work-packages. You will be substantially involved in conducting the scoping review, preparation and delivery of the stakeholder panels at the start and end of the study, integrating the study findings. For a candidate who has mixed methods experience, there is the potential to be involved in the quantitative work-package (but this not a key requirement of the role).

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact either: 

Dr Laura Sheard, Principal Research Fellow

Telephone: 01274 382828, email: 

Professor Robbie Foy, Professor of Primary Care

Telephone: 0113-34-34879, email: 

Further Information

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. The School of Medicine gained the Silver award in 2016.  We are committed to being an inclusive medical school that values all staff, and we are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees.

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