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Clinical Evaluation Scientist

Band 7

Main area
Health Care
Grade
Band 7
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
001-HS059-0822
Site
CEDAR
Town
Cardiff
Salary
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
15/08/2022 23:59

WHO WE ARE:

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 14,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services.   Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services. Together we are committed to improving health outcomes for everyone, delivering excellent care and support.

Our mission is “Caring for People, Keeping People Well”, and our vision is that every person’s chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. Our 10-year transformation and improvement strategy, Shaping Our Future Wellbeing, is our chance to work collaboratively with the public and our workforce to make our health board more sustainable for the future.

We are a teaching Health Board with close links to the university sector, together we are training the next generation of healthcare professionals, while working on research that will unlock the cures for today’s illnesses.

OUR REGION:

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital has something for everyone. At its heart sits Cardiff Castle with 2000 years of history. Nearby stands the Principality Stadium, home of the Welsh Rugby Union and host to International sporting events. Cardiff also boasts a variety of theatres and live music venues. Furthermore, there’s Cardiff Bay with a range of new apartments, bars and restaurants.

The Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline, including the famed Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Cowbridge, Penarth and Llantwit Major are some of the charming neighbouring towns.

Those seeking more culture may find themselves drawn to the National Museum, St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life or the Millennium Centre, home of the Welsh National Opera.

Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.


 

Job overview

We are seeking a degree or masters graduate in a health science related discipline to join our friendly team at Cedar, part of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board with links to Cardiff University.

Cedar supports decision making in healthcare through its contracts with national policy organisations and programmes including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Welsh Value in Health Centre and Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC). Cedar also supports original research and service evaluation projects.

We currently have a vacancy for a Clinical Evaluation Scientist / Researcher to support Cedar’s work with Value in Health, NICE and WHSSC.

The post holder will support projects across our portfolio of work, although experience in data analysis and interpretation would be advantageous. An understanding of health care is essential, as is the ability to write and present clearly on complex health care interventions, keeping a number of topics on track to meet tight deadlines.

Main duties of the job

The post holder works within the Cedar team supporting the Cedar Director in the delivery of specialist research and reporting services under contractual agreements between the funding bodies and Cardiff and Vale UHB.

The post holder works independently within a framework of defined occupational policies and leads within his/her specialist area. The post holder will lead and carry out evaluation research studies of specific technologies, interventions and conditions, as required by the funding body, and produce high quality written reports under tight and strict deadlines. The post holder will be expected to work independently to:

  • conduct literature reviews
  • seek and analyse evidence from other sources (eg patient surveys, NHS operational data)
  • design research protocols (applying a variety of research methods, as appropriate)
  • analyse the data and information, using range of software packages
  • disseminate findings, principally through reports, incorporating clinical, scientific and patient reported data, prepared in consultation with stakeholders.

All work will be conducted within professional guidelines and relevant operational policies and procedures.

 The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this role; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Working for our organisation

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services.   Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is “Caring for People, Keeping People Well”, and our vision is that every person’s chance of leading a healthy life should be equal.   As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population’s health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing.    We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research.   Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.    

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions.    Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline.  Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click “Apply now” to view in Trac

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Good (1st or 2nd class) Honours degree in relevant scientific subject (eg scientific or engineering subject, psychology, etc.) or equivalent experience Relevant Masters degree (MSc) (eg health economics, research methods, clinical engineering, information management, ergonomics, etc.) or equivalent experience
Desirable criteria
  • PRINCE2 practitioner Research doctorate (PhD) Experience equivalent to a PhD

Experience

Essential criteria
  • Able to manage all aspects of a project eg including recruitment of experts or volunteers for research / testing. Able to work to tight deadlines. Evidence of successful project and time management skills Able to communicate effectively (in person, verbally and electronically) with a wide variety of stakeholders
Desirable criteria
  • Specialist knowledge of research methods, Applying to Ethical Committee(s) for approval to conduct research project(s) involving human subjects Experienced in using a range of research methods quantitative and / or qualitative

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Able to design, create and use software to record complex multi-parameter information (eg survey data). Able to use software, to perform complex analysis of numerical and categorical data to combine this information into graphs & tables for reports, Excellent project management and organisational skills Able to prioritise and manage own work Able to work to tight deadlines Able to exercise own initiative when dealing with issues within own specialist area of competence Able to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team. Able to report appropriately and effectively to line manager.

Special Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of research methods quantitative and / or qualitative (eg design of questionnaires and in depth interview techniques)
Desirable criteria
  • An understanding of research governance procedures

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Self-confident in new and challenging situations and aware of own limitations Able to engage the enthusiasm of others in tasks that are important to you Able to work autonomously and as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Able to work with within existing quality procedures Able to work accurately and with diligence and persistence. Eager to learn new knowledge and skills and have enthusiasm for change.

Other

Essential criteria
  • Able to respond positively to changing priorities and working patterns, as required by the funding organisation and others

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Welsh language skills are desirable

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Kathleen Withers
Job title
Researcher
Email address
kathleen.withers@wales.nhs.uk
Telephone number
02921 844771