The College wishes to recruit a Research Fellow to participate in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) projects primarily for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). This NIHR funded post is available from the 1st of February 2015 until the 31st of March 20121. The successful applicant will be an experienced project manager and systematic reviewer, ideally with a background in HTA. ‘Health Technology’ covers any method used by those working in health services to promote health, to prevent and treat disease, and to improve rehabilitation and long-term care. Health Technology Assessment therefore covers a wide range of scientific investigation into the value and impact of health care interventions e.g. medicines, devices and diagnostic tests.
The post holder will be expected to lead multidisciplinary teams of information specialists, systematic reviewers, health economists and modellers. Additionally, they will be expected to lead the production of the systematic review components of projects as required by the demands of the Technology Assessment Team’s contract with NIHR. In addition, the post holder may contribute to smaller HTA projects being undertaken for local or national policy-makers. The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.
The successful applicant will be involved in several stages in the preparation of the assessments, including: identifying and liaising with clinical experts in the topic area of the assessment; literature searching; critical appraisal of the evidence of clinical and cost effectiveness; data synthesis; providing clinical estimates for the cost effectiveness/utility analyses; and writing of reports and papers for submission to peer review journals. All must be delivered to strict deadlines. Researchers have responsibility for monitoring and updating different aspects of the methods used by the team.
Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion) or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will have publications in HTA. They will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader. Applicants will have: excellent project management skills; knowledge of health technology assessment and/or health services research; knowledge of statistical methods for evidence synthesis; ability to write concisely and clearly on technical subjects and to prepare reports quickly; good skills in word processing (Microsoft Word) and basic skills in spread sheets; excellent verbal and written communication skills and a record of research output in nationally recognised publications.
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