Faculty/Area: Faculty of Health Sciences
School/Department: Hull York Medical School
Subject Group/Team: Wolfson Palliative Care Research Group
Salary: £29,619 to £35,333 per annum pro rata (80% FTE)
Fixed Term - 24 months
Post Type: Part Time
Closing Date: Friday 07 October 2022
This role may require a DBS check
Applicants are required to submit a current CV and covering letter outlining
how their qualifications and experience meet the Person Specification in the
Job Description below
This post is Band 6 Research Assistant with a Yorkshire Cancer Research funded
study: A randomised feasibility trial of a tailored, home-based exercise
programme on disease-free survival among early stage high-risk recurring
The post will be hosted by University of Hull's Wolfson Palliative Care
Research Centre reporting to Dr Cindy Forbes, lead investigator for the
project. Dr. Forbes' research focuses mainly on the role of activity
behaviours on quality of life among people with cancer diagnoses. She also
investigates how digital technology can be used to deliver lifestyle behaviour
support to ensure access to all, reducing location-based health disparities.
More people in Yorkshire are diagnosed with lung, breast, and bowel cancer
than in many other parts of the UK, with some specific types at higher risk of
returning after treatment. Within each type of cancer, some diagnoses have a
higher risk of recurrence. There is some evidence to suggest that regular
exercise after cancer treatments can help increase the chances of surviving
breast and bowel cancers by almost 40%. The evidence is not strong because it
comes from observational studies and there is not enough among lung cancer to
say if there is a survival benefit. Good quality, long-term clinical trials
are needed to better understand if exercise should form part of cancer
This study will compare a personalised home-based exercise programme with
support from exercise professionals with NHS standard care. People who have
finished their primary treatments and are at higher risk of their cancer
returning will take part for 2 years. Results from this study will inform the
design of a larger scale trial and provide initial evidence of whether more
active people have longer, healthier lives without cancer returning than those
who are less active after cancer treatments.
We are seeking a term-limited research assistant to contribute to a project
funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research. This project is a collaboration between
Dr. Forbes and colleagues from University of Sheffield and University of York.
This post may involve working outside of ‘regular hours' to ensure measures
collections and study delivery are at a convenient time for participants.
The post-holder will: 1) assist in distributing and organising study
materials, 2) collect and organise data via surveys, physical measures, and
interviews, 3) assist in study delivery via participant engagement and
recruitment, and 4) participate in analyses and manuscript preparation. This
post is suitable for pre-doctoral (Band 6), potential for up to 1.0FTE or
multiple posts part-time. Flexible and remote-working for this post will be
considered, with regular visits to the Hull campus as required.
Interviews are expected to be held in November.
For information about the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre group,
please visit: https: // www. hyms.ac.uk/research/research-centres-and-
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