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Job id: 090406. Salary: £37,332 - £38,966 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 05 June 2024. Closing date: 19 June 2024.

Business unit: IoPPN. Department: Health Services & Population Research.

Contact details: Dr Mariam Namasaba.

Location: Denmark Hill Campus. Category: Research.

About us:

The RECOLLECT 2 study team, led by Professors Mike Slade and Claire Henderson, is dedicated to shaping recovery-oriented mental health services that enhance overall well-being. Committed to influencing policy and practice, we prioritise the development of evidence-based assessment measures for both clinical use and research studies.

In 2021, our first RECOLLECT work package revealed 88 institutions devoted to fostering recovery. Expanding on this work, we conducted a global initiative in 2022, engaging with 174 colleges across 28 countries.

Now, we're delving into RECOLLECT 2, focusing on assessing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Recovery Colleges. This collaborative endeavour involves institutions such as King’s College London, University of Nottingham, University of Manchester, South London, and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, ImROC, and Peter Bates Associates.

About the role:

The purpose of the job is to undertake RECOLLECT 2 study tasks under supervision from the study co-ordinator and from Dr Henderson (Co-PI). The post holders will be based in the Department for Health Service and Population Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. However, there will also be travel to Recovery College sites in England for data collection.

RECOLLECT is a five- year programme of work funded by the NIHR (Grant reference NIHR200605) to study the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Recovery Colleges and to identify how Recovery Colleges can be optimised to maximise the benefit they confer to patients with mental illness. Recovery Colleges provide adult education to mental health service users, carers and staff, to support personal recovery (living as well as possible) and the recovery orientation of staff and affiliated services (supporting illness self-management and community participation). They are run jointly by mental health professionals and people with personal experience of mental illness.

RECOLLECT is a mixed-methods study informed by a theory-based approach to evaluation. The theory-based approach seeks to identify the expected relationships between multiple service components and potential outcomes, while considering contextual factors potentially influencing the relationship between the intervention and outcomes. Further information about the study is available at:

The post-holders will work closely with collaborators, including the University of Manchester and University of Nottingham. They will bring and further develop experience in different research methodologies. They will undertake recruitment and data collection involving people using mental health services and Recovery College staff and managers. The post-holders will also consolidate transferable skills, including Good Clinical Practice and project management. They should be attentive to detail. Career development support will be offered.

The posts will be of particular interest to someone with mental health service research experience and an established academic record. The ideal candidates will have a strong commitment to recovery (whether developed through personal experience of mental illness and recovery or through previous work in the area) and be able to show evidence of their ability to engage creatively and productively with mental health service users and staff.

The posts will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 12 months. Posts are available between 0.8 FTE and 1.0 FTE, subject to negotiation and agreement.

About you:

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

1.      BSc in Psychology or another relevant subject

2.      Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills

3.      Experience of data collection with individuals who have lived experience using standardized measures.

4.      Highly organised, able to work effectively on a complex project and prioritise tasks

5.      Proficiency in IT (Word, Excel, database use)

6.      Able to travel to research sites

7.      Knowledge of a few of the research methods to be used, including quantitative survey, pre-post designs, observational cohort designs

Desirable criteria

1.      MSc in mental health, psychology, research methods or other relevant subject

2.      Personal experience of mental illness, its impact (on self or others) and of recovery

3.      Experience of mental health services research

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

Further information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers will review your application, please take a look at our ‘ How we Recruit’ pages.

We are able to offer sponsorship for candidates who do not currently possess the right to work in the UK.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearances.