We are looking for a highly motivated and well-organised Research Assistant to work on an innovative project funded by the National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR): Promoting homelike environments for people with intellectual disabilities living in group homes: Using Photovoice visual methods to co-produce and explore the acceptability of a user-generated homeliness checklist and toolkit intervention.
The project aims to understand the perspectives of people with learning disabilities living in group homes on what makes their residences feel ‘homely’ or ‘homelike’. Our findings will be used to create resources for inspection and improvement of residential services.
You will work with the research team, under the supervision of the project Principal Investigator (Dr Chinn). You will help to complete an initial review of relevant literature and policy. You will engage with service users with learning disabilities as co-producers of research, using participatory research methods and arts-based practices. This will involve meeting people in their own homes in London and the South East, and helping to conduct group discussions. You will also be involved in the writing up and sharing of research findings.
The post is 4 days a week (FTE 0.8) and is funded until October 2023.
You will preferably have experience of supporting service users with learning disabilities in education, residential or clinical settings, or in a personal capacity and/or be able to demonstrate a keen interest in working with this group. You will have a keen interest in qualitative and participatory research methods. We particularly invite applications from under-represented groups. We are looking for someone with excellent communication skills, who is happy to work independently with the capacity to deliver on the core aspects of the research with good data management and record keeping.
You will be based at King’s College London in the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care. The faculty hosts a thriving research community made up of tenured staff, postgraduate students and contract researchers. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (EF), over 90% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
To make informal inquiries about the post, please contact Dr Deborah Chinn email@example.com.
- Conducting a review of research and policy literature relevant to the research topic
- Recruitment of research participants
- Engaging in data collection with research participants using qualitative interview and participatory research methods (photovoice). Additional training will be provided
- Helping to conduct research team meetings and supporting the establishment and running of the project Advisory Group
- Managing research data in line with GDPR
- Analysis of research findings
- Writing up findings for a variety of audiences
- Helping with dissemination workshops and activities
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
- A good undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant field of healthcare, social science or arts practice.
- Experience of supporting adults with learning disabilities
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to adjust communication effectively for people with a variety of communication needs
- Understanding of support systems and policies relating to people with learning disabilities in the UK
- Excellent organizational skills
- Good at working in a team
- Prior experience of research
- Higher level post-graduate qualification
- Prior experience of working on an externally funded research project
- Experience in arts practice – photography, curating, design etc