Mental Health Researcher (BZ21063B)
Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Radcliffe Observatory
Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG
Grade 7: £33,309 - £40,927 per annum
This role is within the Health Behaviours team
(https: // www. phc.ox.ac.uk/research/research-themes/health-behaviours-
theme/health-behaviours) as part of a programme of work funded by the NIHR
Oxford and Thames Valley Applied Research Collaboration (ARC)
https: // www. arc-oxtv.nihr.ac.uk/. Work within the ARC theme titled Change
Behaviours for Better Health and Preventing Disease concentrates on two areas:
testing interventions to support weight management and population-level
interventions to improve the nutritional quality of food purchasing. This role
is in the subtheme working on interventions to support weight management.
Our work has shown that it is possible to engage patients with obesity with a
brief 30-second intervention and motivate them to take up weight management
and that a range of low-intensity interventions can provide ongoing support
and that both are cost-saving if implemented. NHS England is now implementing
this across England and our ARC is leading a national collaboration to assess
the impact of this on the population. While the post holder may get involved
in this work, they will be expected mainly to open up new fields of research.
This will involve adapting our existing interventions to the needs of groups
who could miss out on the benefits of the whole population approaches,
particularly people with mental illness, many of whom suffer from deprivation
or come from ethnic minority groups. The post holder would be expected to be
familiar with complex intervention development and evaluation and have
experience working in the mental health field.
There will also be opportunities to engage with research projects in the wider
team including systematic reviews, experimental research and clinical trials.
We expect and will support the post holder to develop plans and grant
applications for external funding.
The Health Behaviours team is a vibrant and expanding group, principally
concentrating on intervention studies that aim to achieve healthier and more
sustainable diets, reduce the burden of obesity-related disease, or promote
smoking cessation. Post holders will provide guidance to junior members of the
research group including research assistants, PhD students, and/or project
The position is funded for three years in the first instance.
Please note that by applying for this post you will also be automatically
considered for the position of Health Services Researcher within the
department, and so there is no need to submit an application for both of these
The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 5th November.
Interviews will be conducted soon after.
For further information and to apply for the post, please view the job
description and selection criteria below.
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