Senior Research Fellow in Health Sciences

University of Leeds Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

Senior Research Fellow

Are you a collaborative and self-motivated researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in improvement/implementation science or applied health research? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

We are seeking to appoint a Senior Research Fellow with experience of Improvement/Implementation Science, including implementing complex interventions in healthcare, to support delivery of the Health Data Research UK North (HDRUK North) Better Care Partnership.

The HDRUK North Better Care Partnership aims to improve care for older people living with frailty, including care home residents, through the development of Better Care loops to enable continuous, scalable quality improvement. The use of routine data to develop new tools to support healthcare decisions and evaluate the impact of implementation of the new tools is a core component of successful Better Care loops. The wider HDRUK North Better Care Partnership involves leading academics from the Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Lancaster, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.

As part of HDR UK we have developed a Better Care loop focusing on reducing harm from anticholinergic medications, which are commonly prescribed to older people for a range of conditions but are also associated with increased risk of delirium, dementia and falls. Central to this Better Care loop is the development and testing of an Anticholinergic Medication Index (ACMI) and supporting resources to help primary care practitioners target people at risk of harm.

The planned work is led by Andrew Clegg, Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the Academic Unit for Ageing & Stroke Research (AUASR). Working closely with the wider research team, you will play a key role in co-development of the supporting resources and training package to enable successful implementation of the ACMI in primary care, engage with primary care colleagues to identify sites for the evaluation of the ACMI, and support the evaluation work.

You will have previously conducted and managed or co-ordinated complex research studies and programmes involving multiple stakeholders and organisations. Ideally, this previous experience would have been gained in a healthcare context.

You will have a first degree and PhD (or, must have handed in initial thesis by time of application) in a health sciences discipline, and experience of working or researching in an improvement/implementation science, ageing research, frailty or care homes context.

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

Professor Andrew Clegg

Telephone: 01274 383440, Email:

Further Information

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of . The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. The School of Medicine holds the Gold award. We are committed to being an inclusive medical 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: Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS)
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 8
Salary: £41,526 to £49,553 p.a.
Working Time: 100% FTE
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 18 months)
Release Date: Friday 09 October 2020
Closing Date: Sunday 08 November 2020
Reference: MHIHS1260