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Warwick Medical School, Clinical Trials Unit
£42,149 - £50,296 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Full-time, Fixed Term Contract 31 October 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen at Warwick Medical School, for an
experienced Research Fellow with qualitative and mixed methods research
The Facilitating Access to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training in High-Risk
Areas study (FACTs) is using a participatory, mixed methods approach. The
study is guided by realist principals and informed by behaviour change theory.
It will explore reasons for why there are some areas in England with a high
incidence of cardiac arrest where there are also low rates of bystander
resuscitation interventions, develop interventions and evaluate them in
several areas of England.
You will join an experienced and enthusiastic interdisciplinary research team
led by Dr Claire Hawkes, Senior Research Fellow, Emergency and Critical Care
Team, at Warwick Medical School. You will undertake all research aspects of
the study, supervised by the project team, from participant recruitment
through qualitative and some quantitative data collection, analysis, data
synthesis to report writing and dissemination.
The study is working collaboratively with members of minority group
communities in underserved areas. In partnership with our public contributors
and study team members you will be facilitating workshop discussions,
developing and evaluating the implementation of interventions.
You will work closely and flexibly with other members of the research team,
public collaborators, staff in community groups who assist with access to
participants and in organising intervention events, so you must demonstrate
excellent communication and management skills together with the ability to
organize and to work autonomously and as part of a team. You will be able to
motivate others, show enthusiasm and innovate when faced with different types
This is a full time, fixed term Senior Research Fellow post. Appointment at
Senior Research Fellow is open to candidates with a relevant PHD and
appropriate research experience.
This post is available full-time (part time or job share may be considered).
Warwick Medical School will be you work base. Flexibility for data collection
will be required; there may be flexibility for remote working.
Informal enquiries welcome. Please contact Dr Claire Hawkes. email:
To be undertake the research in this mixed methods study. You will be
conducting a realist evidence synthesis, to inform collaborative development
of interventions and will help organise and evaluate their implementation. You
will conduct data collection, analysis, synthesis, report writing and other
To work collaboratively with community partners, study participant
recruitment, workshop and interview data collection in several community
settings in England, obtaining perspectives of members of the public's views
for improving bystander intervention for cardiac arrest in high risk
To work with other project team members to deliver the study.
Duties and responsibilities
1. To undertake mixed-methods research, supervised by the project team,
including workshop based data collection and interviews.
2. To lead, under supervision, the analysis of data from both realist and
theoretically informed perspectives to inform development of interventions and
evaluate their implementation.
3. To work collaboratively with members of the public from diverse
backgrounds who are involved in the study team, public advisory group,
community groups and as research participants, with academic staff, research
administrators, and other stakeholder groups (e.g. study steering committee,
organisations involved in resuscitations skills training and campaigning) via
formal group/committee work, informal networks and one-to-one liaison.
4. To produce high quality project reports and other outputs, to contribute
to dissemination of work at community events, national/international meetings
and to publish work in international high quality peer reviewed journals.
5. To work collaboratively and flexibly with the project team to deliver all
aspects of the study.
6. To contribute to relevant research seminars.
Administration and Other Activities:
1. To contribute to project meetings within and outside of the department and
support project research administrators in the organisation of such meetings.
2. To engage in continuous professional development activities.
3. To participate in relevant professional activities
4. To undertake specific departmental roles as may be reasonably required by
your line manager
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive
list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. You will be required
to be flexible in your duties.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and
qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by
(a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d)
Essential Criteria 1
Excellent qualitative research skills and experience of mixed methods research
Essential Criteria 2
Experience of or willingness to develop skills in realist informed research
Essential Criteria 3
Experience of or willingness to develop skills in realist informed research
Essential Criteria 4
Evidence of contribution to research grant applications and the ability to
generate external funding to support research projects (a, c)
Essential Criteria 5
Insight into the issues to be considered when collecting and analysing
sensitive and potentially distressing data and working with members of the
public from minority groups (a, c)
Essential Criteria 6
Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to
communicate complex concepts and to collaborate with a range of people (a,
Essential Criteria 7
Able to organise own workload and the ability to use initiative in working
situations (a, c)
Essential Criteria 8
Experience of and ability to work both independently and as part of a team and
of meeting tight deadlines (a, c)
Essential Criteria 9
Willingness to work flexibly for data collection for the convenience of
participants which may be during evenings and weekends (a, c)
Essential Criteria 10
Willingness to travel to and work across multiple research settings in England
Desirable Criteria 1
Experience of research with minority groups (a, c)
Desirable Criteria 2
Experience of research in community settings (a, c)
Desirable Criteria 3
Ability to speak one or more languages relevant to the study (a, c)
This is a full time, fixed term Senior Research Fellow post. Part-time job
share may be considered.
The Chief Investigator is Dr Claire Hawkes, Senior Research Fellow, Emergency
Care, Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, Warwick Medical School. The post holder
will work closely with Professor Sophie Staniszewska, Warwick Medical School,
who will lead the PPI work, Professor Jo Rycroft Malone from the University of
Lancaster who will be leading the realist work, Professor Ivo Vlaev, Warwick
Business School, who will lead the intervention development work and Professor
Gavin Perkins, Director of Warwick Clinical Trials Unit and Consultant
Facilitating access to cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in high risk
Improved survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is associated
with early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of defibrillation,
often by members of the public before emergency medical services arrive.
Although bystander interventions (CPR and use of publicly accessible
defibrillators (PAD)) have been improving over recent years there is
variation between areas. High risk areas have been identified in England where
there is a higher incidence of cardiac arrest combined with lower than average
bystander CPR rates.
These areas are characterised by deprivation, higher than average minority
group populations and populations in manual occupations. There is little
international evidence and only one ongoing study in the UK in Scotland, to
inform initiatives to improve the situation. Understanding reasons or lower
bystander intervention rates and developing interventions to tackle them is
urgently needed to provide stakeholders with evidence and tools, to help
towards their efforts to meet NHS England Long Term Plan aims to reduce health
inequalities and to improve survival from OHCA by 4,000 people a year by 2028.
To identify reasons for low bystander resuscitation rates in high-risk
communities through literature and primary evidence synthesis and to develop,
implement and evaluate theoretically informed interventions.
1. To establish a community based public involvement advisory group to co-
produce key aspects of the study
2. To identify barriers and facilitators to performing CPR or publicly
accessible defibrillator use in high-risk areas through realist evidence
synthesis and develop theoretically informed interventions
3. Prioritise interventions with community partners and other stakeholders
4. Develop a realist informed evaluation framework and associated data
collection tools, including assessment of locally made intervention changes.
5. Conduct an implementation evaluation with embedded feasibility study.
Design and methods
A collaborative realist enquiry, informed by the Theoretical Domains Framework
(TDF) and associated Behaviour Change Wheel (BCW), consisting of a realist
evidence synthesis, intervention development and implementation evaluation
with embedded feasibility in three work packages (WPs).
WP 1 is a realist synthesis, informed by the Theoretical Domains Framework, of
published and primary evidence of facilitators, barriers and associated
interventions relevant to improving bystander CPR. It will use cross-
disciplinary literature and data from workshops with people from communities
with characteristics of high-risk areas. The synthesis will produce
conjectured context, mechanism and outcome (CMO) theories which will inform
intervention design and prioritisation in WP2. In WP3 we will implement
interventions and conduct a theoretically informed realist evaluation in up to
six English high-risk areas.
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