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Research Fellow in Applied Health Research

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

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Research Fellow to work in the School of Healthcare on an exciting and novel health services research study funded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Services & Delivery Research programme.

Incidents involving violence and aggression are a frequent occurrence in adult mental health inpatient settings. They are managed by use of restrictive interventions such as restraint, seclusion, injection of sedating drugs and constant observation. Use of these interventions carries significant risks, including physical and psychological harms to both patients and staff. Interventions are costly in terms of staff sickness and litigation as well as extra staffing resources required to implement them. As such, numerous staff training programmes have been developed to try to reduce the use of restrictive interventions. These seek to modify practice using a variety of behaviour change techniques (BCTs). Although some programmes have been evaluated, research into their effectiveness is hampered by a lack of attention to their specific components. Over recent years the MRC has supported work to develop a taxonomy of BCTs to standardise and improve the reporting of such non-pharmacological interventions. It provides a common language with which to specify the content and mechanisms by which behaviour is changed. The aim of this study is to identify effective components of programmes that seek to reduce restrictive interventions in adult mental health inpatient settings using the BCT taxonomy.

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

Dr Kathryn Berzins
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1436, 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 Healthcare holds the Bronze award.  We are committed to being an inclusive school that values all staff, and we are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:  School of Healthcare
Section:  Institute of Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £32,548 to £38,833 p.a. pro rata
Working Time:  60% of full time equivalent
Post Type:  Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 30 June 2019 due to external funding)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 13 December 2017
Interview Date:  Wednesday 20 December 2017
Reference:  MHHEA1108
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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