Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Health Services Research
Application closing date
£35,326 to £40,927 per annum - Grade 7
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship commencing as
soon as possible to work on the Commissioning, Co-commissioning and Being
Commissioned; the NHS and Third Sector Organisations project at the
University of Plymouth until November 2022. This project is funded by the
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR 128107). The project study
addresses four main questions:
How do healthcare commissioners address the task of commissioning
voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSE) as service providers,
and what barriers do they face?
What are the consequences for VCSEs, of the public bodies commissioning
services from them?
How are VCSEs involved in CCG, local authority and other (e.g. ACS, NHS
England) commissioning decisions?
What absorptive capacities do healthcare commissioners and VCSEs
respectively need for enabling VSCEs to be commissioned, and for co-
You will require up-do-date knowledge of health policy and the health and
social care system in England. Besides the usual activities of a research
fellow, your main roles will involve fieldwork and collaboration with
Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSE). Collaborating with
researchers at the University of Birmingham and at the London School of
Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in particular a second post-doctoral research
fellow at Birmingham, you will be responsible for organising and undertaking
fieldwork, including some elements of action learning, at up to eight study
sites across England.
Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the
knowledge, qualifications, training and experience elements of the job
description in your supporting statement.
For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact
Professor Rod Sheaff by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on
This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis
until 28th February 2023 due to the nature of the funding. Start date Monday
31st January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Flexible working options including job share will be considered.
We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday
scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development
The University of Plymouth is a diverse, welcoming community where everyone
makes a difference and is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. To
find out more about our inclusive community, initiatives such as Athena Swan
and the Race Equality Charter and our range of benefits / support mechanisms
such as flexible working, staff networks and enhanced maternity, paternity and
adoption leave please visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpages
We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups at the
University of Plymouth, such as BAME/BIPOC and LGBT+.