Applications are invited for the position of Post-Doc Research Worker in the National Addiction Centre (NAC) at the Institute of Psychiatry. We are one of the most productive addictions research groups in Europe. The emphasis of our research is on 'what works' in the prevention and treatment of substance misuse: the NAC represents a network of clinicians, researchers and clinical teachers who have a shared commitment to excellence in prevention and treatment work, and to supporting and strengthening national and international endeavours in this field.
We wish to invite applications for a full time Post-Doc Research Worker in the Addictions (non-clinical) responsible for developing and undertaking an NIHR HTA funded study "Preventing blood borne virus infection in people who inject drugs in the UK: the development and feasibility of psychosocial interventions."
In the UK, around 33%-56% of people who inject drugs (PWID) have Hepatitis C. Rates of HIV (0-1%) and Hepatitis B (6-18%) are much lower. Preventing PWID from acquiring or transmitting these viruses is an important health issue. Behavioural interventions such as individual or group brief or multisession interventions led by peers or staff that teach PWID how to reduce risk behaviours could further prevent the spread of these viruses.
This multi-methods project will 1) review the evidence on what works in reducing blood borne virus (BBV) risk behaviours among PWID, 2) conduct a brief scoping exercise of the UK grey literature to identify ongoing research, information about current services relevant to preventing the spread of BBV and reducing risk behaviours among PWID, 3) qualitatively seek the views of PWID to elicit why PWID engage in risk behaviours and about what type of psychosocial interventions they would find useful and acceptable, 4) survey all UK commissioning drug partnerships (previously Drug Action Teams) for information on psychosocial interventions available and their effectiveness in reducing BBV risk behaviours among PWID, 5) develop a psychosocial intervention based on these findings and 6) test the feasibility of delivering this intervention in different drug treatment settings.. The project will be conducted in London, York, Wales and Scotland, with a researcher employed in each locality.
The successful application will have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline, previous experience of managing and undertaking research, including systematic reviewing, qualitative research, and feasibility studies; and a developing track record in their field. Also, he/she will be able to work independently within a supportive team structure and will work under direction of Gail Gilchrist, Senior Healthcare Researcher in Addictions. It is expected that the applicant will contribute to the dissemination of the project findings including through the production of research reports and peer reviewed publications. The appointed individual will have an active research interest and record in Addictions.
The appointment will be made, on spine point 31 of the Grade 6 scale, currently £32,277 per annum plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance.http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AKH594/postdoctoral-research-worker/