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Job id: 083605. Salary: £51,974 - £61,021 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 31 January 2024. Closing date: 03 March 2024.

Business unit: Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care. Department: Methodologies.

Contact details: Sam Bassett. sam.bassett@kcl.ac.uk

Location: Waterloo Campus. Category: Academic & Teaching.

Job description

This role

This is an outstanding development opportunity for a talented individual who wishes to advance research and education relevant to midwifery/maternal health to join our Faculty. This appointee will contribute to a thriving multi-disciplinary department spanning biomedical, clinical, health services and implementation research in the UK and internationally. The post holder will join an established team of academic researchers in the Division of Methodologies led by Professor Glenn Robert working in partnership with the Department of Midwifery led by Dr Sam Bassett. The Faculty also has active collaborations with the Institute of Women and Children’s Health in the School of Life Course Sciences (SoLCS) of King’s College London and King’s Health Partners, making King’s one of the largest centres of research and education in maternal care in Europe

Why choose us

King’s College London is a leading University with nine Faculties. As part of King’s Health Partners, we have an excellent environment for health care interaction and a strong focus on mentoring and career development.

The 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) placed King’s applied and allied health research 1st for: overall proportion of research rated 4* (world-leading, the best mark possible), research papers rated 4*, impact rated 4*, environment rated 4*(joint), Grade Point Average and Power.  REF2021 rated as world-leading: 100% of our environment, 86% of our impact and 70% of our research overall. Over 95% of our research overall was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

For the last five years, King’s has been number 2 in the world and number 1 in Europe for Nursing (QS world rankings). King’s produces more highly cited research outputs (top 1% citations) on palliative care than any other centre internationally (SciVal).

It is based in the heart of central and south London. It includes the Cicely Saunders Institute for Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, the premier Institute for Palliative Care, bringing together clinical, research and education teams.

Our award-winning NMPC education programmes span pre-registration nursing and midwifery, and multidisciplinary post-graduate taught and research programmes. King’s is the largest provider of health care education in Europe. Our applied clinical and health research transforms therapies, the healthcare experience and outcomes for patients and those important to them, wherever they are cared for.

You should apply if

We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated individual who can make a distinctive contribution, bridge theory and practice, and drive forward collaborative sustainable high quality and impactful research. You should have excellent teaching and communication skills, able to inspire and inform students, and a demonstratable ability to deliver high quality impactful sustainable research.

This post will be offered on a fixed term contract of 5 years, pending successful completion of probation (3 years). The post-holder is required to actively participate in academic performance development review (PDR) annually.

This is a full-time  post - 100% full time equivalent (60% Research & 40% Education). However, we offer flexibility for part-time working.

Key responsibilities

  • Contribute to and develop a sustainable, high quality applied health care research programme in midwifery, maternal health care and as relevant to the Faculty. You will work with relevant health care, charity and industry/ commercial research partners
  • Play an active role in NMPC and King’s undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training, focussed on the programmes, especially educational content outlined above and below. This will include module and programme leadership, developing and delivering high quality innovative education and education and relevant materials, including incorporating King’s and Faculty research, pastoral support, supervision, and assessment and generating excellent student success and feedback
  • Have a clear forward plan for sustaining and enhancing NMPC education, PhD supervision, and research consistent with our strategy, including to increase research / evidence informed education, multi- and interdisciplinary endeavours, digital offerings and improved student success and experience

Research (Research and Teaching contract, 60% time):

  • Contribute to the academic work of the Faculty, working with colleagues and clinical teams, with the aim of obtaining significant research funding and conducting research at an international and world-leading standard according to King’s performance framework
  • Collaborate on, assist with and increasingly lead externally funded peer-reviewed collaborative research projects, programmes and fellowships, including winning funding from NIHR, UKRI, industrial/commercial funding and prestigious charities as co-investigator or Principal investigator
  • Form and grow external collaborations to enhance the quality of reach of our research programmes, linking with world leading academics and groups in related fields.
  • Supervise, co-supervise and nurture clinical and non-clinical researchers (including PhD students and fellowships) to build the field for the future.
  • Publish research findings in high quality peer view journals, with 1 – 2 open access publications that are internationally excellent or world leading each year.

Education and main other responsibilities (40%)

  • Deliver outstanding education for relevant programmes based on best evidence, health policy and research
  • Actively participate in, and where appropriate plan and lead relevant modules and teaching programmes at King’s, with a strong focus on excellent student experience, seeking opportunities for efficiencies with other modules and programmes
  • Communicate and collaborate with students, patients, families, the public, policy makers and clinical colleagues and in research and teaching, and its relevance to care and policy.
  • Work in collaboration and partnership with key stakeholders, institutions, and organisations
  • Actively participate in marking, course and programme development, assessment, module leadership,  personal tutoring, project supervision as appropriate
  • Proactively communicate and collaborate with research and teaching staff within the Faculty, across the University, and where appropriate lead collaborative developments
  • Actively engage in Patient and Public Involvement and imbed Patient and Public Involvement into all research projects and teaching endeavours
  • Engage with the media, press, publicity, policy makers, practitioners, and others to deliver impact of the research and teaching to the benefit of patients, families, and society.
  • Play a broader role in the Faculty, contributing to the growth and development of our people and the wider organisation as appropriate to role.
  • Actively participate in relevant audit and clinical governance activity, including audit of research and teaching activity, and team building activities
  • Champion, model and uphold King’s values and principles, and maintain highest standards of adherence to data protection, ethical and research governance principles and practices
  • Have and maintain a research passport, honorary contract if required,  Good Clinical Practice in research, and complete all mandatory training
  • Undertake relevant professional development in negotiation with line manager and PDR discussions.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria (Research and Teaching)

  1. PhD or equivalent relevant to themes of the Faculty and this role
  2. Track record of peer-review publication and presentations that demonstrate international excellence or are world-leading in terms of originality, rigour, and significance in areas relevant to Faculty research themes and this role
  3. Evidence of ability to secure research grant funding, demonstrated by previous experience or track record, involvement in research active teams, responsibilities, plans, awareness of funding schemes relevant to Faculty research themes
  4. Evidence of continued development in research methods in health services or clinical research, with increasing expertise in specific areas relevant to the Faculty (e.g statistics, implementation science, co-design, trial designs, mixed methods study designs and patient and public involvement)
  5. Experience of the planning and delivering high-quality evaluated education at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels with a strong focus on a high-quality student experience and success
  6. Evidence of commitment to continued development in evidence-based practice, research methods and evidence relevant to care, with up-to-date knowledge, skills and accomplishments, able to supervise MSc and undergraduate student projects and critically appraise a wide range of relevant research, including data presentation and basic analysis
  7. Ability to work well as an effective member of teams and networks and to share and encourage good practice in teaching and research and to inspire and motivate others, including in challenging environments
  8. Excellent written, verbal and digital communication skills, in all formats, face to face, presentation, email, reports, written and for teaching
  9. Excellent administrative and organisational skills, underpinned by strong interpersonal skills and personal effectiveness, able to deliver high quality work and projects to deadlines, work efficiently and prioritise appropriately, and take individual responsibility for planning and undertaking work
  10. Commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity for staff and students

Desirable criteria (Research and Teaching)

  1. Experience of innovative and effective approaches to teaching, including distance learning, blended learning, digital learning and or simulation (virtual and/or face to face), with appropriate training completed.
  2. Experience of co-leading/leading research projects, education activities or clinical service.
  3. Experience of and training in PhD supervision, as first or second supervisory and/or as part of supervisory progression panels.
  4. Track record of winning and delivering successful externally funded grants, world leading or internationally excellent publications, and impact relevant to the field

Further Information

The selection process will include a presentation and a panel interview. Interviews are scheduled to be held in last week of March. Scheduling of presentations will be confirmed once shortlisting has taken place. Interviews are likely to be held online.