Consultant in Public Health: NIHR Clinical Research Network
London | £ negotiable 

Consultant in Public Health: NIHR Clinical Research Network funded research time (1 day per week)

Applications are welcome from Consultants with a passion for bringing research opportunities to the local authority and an ambition to introduce robust evaluation to locally delivered public health and preventative interventions.

The role will currently be largely remote (until local work arrangements are reviewed), joining a dynamic team keen to protect and improve the health of residents in the Borough.

Role purpose

The Council is focused on delivering the best possible outcomes for its communities. To do this the Council needs employees who thrive in an agile and networked organisation and who can support continuous improvement within a constructive organisational culture. This new role is to support the council in developing links with research opportunities and building research networks across the region and to help connect academic and practice based Public Health and develop local government and CRN public health research.

About the role:

This role is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network.

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) is the research delivery arm of the NHS in England. It is led by a national Coordinating Centre and operates through 15 Local Research Networks. These local Networks support delivery of funded research across 31 specialties, of which Public Health is one. The CRN has historically been a clinical NHS based network but, in January 2018, it extended its remit and eligibility criteria to support studies taking place outside the NHS. This change was needed to ensure that the network could support public health and prevention research taking place in non-health settings, for example schools and community settings. To help deliver this wider remit and develop mechanisms for supporting population and prevention research, the CRN is supporting a number of initiatives based in local authorities to help connect academic and practice-based public health and develop local government public health research. One of these initiatives is to fund some research time for local government Directors of Public Health (DPH) and Public Health Consultants, which will allow them to take time out of their day to day role to connect research organisations and start to develop a culture of research and evidence within their own local authority. These research ‘sessions’ will be supported by the NIHR CRN, which will provide links to an extensive national research network that includes research design support, research training and regional events.

The aim of the funding is to develop Public Health research within, amongst other settings, local authorities across South London.

Post-holders will require excellent communication skills and the ability to work autonomously and flexibly, as well as a sound understanding of public health research and experience of the local government environment. Although hosted in one local authority the post holder will be expected to establish and demonstrate connections and raise awareness across local authorities in their STP. They will connect academic public health partners with key local authority teams across the wider determinants of health (e.g. public health, transport, education, social care) to develop and deliver public health research and expand the CRN Public Health portfolio. Within their organisation, they will contribute to the delivery of CRN activities including research training, study support, research delivery support and accrual of research activity. Post holders will be expected to establish a network of contacts across local authorities to facilitate delivery activities as described above and to share learning in these areas across their STP.

The post-holder will also be responsible for working with and supporting the Local Government Research Practitioners (currently being recruited in other South London local authorities) in the identification and co-development of research and grant applications in conjunction academic and other LA partners; work with local authority information services and research data teams to design and implement robust data capture processes to produce research data sets across local authorities within the STP and in collaboration with other local authorities across the CRN South London region.
Applications are welcome from Consultants with a passion for bringing research opportunities to the local authority and an ambition to introduce robust evaluation to locally delivered public health and preventative interventions.

Post-holders will work with their Local Authority Director of Public Health/Public Health Consultant, CRN South London Research Delivery Manager, the Public Health Specialty Research Lead and local NIHR partners, ensuring cross local authority and STP working.
The role is responsible for supporting the development of research activity within the organisation.

The role reports directly to the Director of Public Health.

About you

Post-holders will require excellent communication skills and the ability to work autonomously and flexibly, as well as a sound understanding of public health research and experience of the local government environment. Although hosted in one local authority the post holder will be expected to establish and demonstrate connections and raise awareness across local authorities in their STP. They will connect academic public health partners with key local authority teams across the wider determinants of health (e.g. public health, transport, education, social care) to develop and deliver public health research and expand the CRN Public Health portfolio. Within the organisation, they will contribute to the delivery of CRN activities including research training, study support, research delivery support and accrual of research activity. Post holders will be expected to establish a network of contacts across local authorities to facilitate delivery activities as described above and to share learning in these areas across their STP.

Responsibilities include

Connecting with academic partners and the NIHR CRN to seek out opportunities for their organization to develop, host or contribute to research
Working closely with the Local Authority Research Practitioners (sited in other Local authorities across South London
Driving the development of embedded evaluation in both health and non-health locally delivered interventions
Encouraging the generation of research questions
Supporting the development of capacity to do research in their own organisation
Supporting the development of a culture where findings and research evidence at the centre of decision making in their organisation
Establish a network of practice to ensure the continuation of the public health research agenda beyond the funding period.
Encouraging the development of the NIHR CRN portfolio and the uptake of research training within their public health team and wider organisation
Participating in NIHR CRN regional and national events where appropriate and agreed by their LCRN.

If you are interested in this role, please send in your CV for a same day call back.