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Vacancy: Health Services Researcher in Qualitative Analysis of Remote Consultations

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Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford

Grade 8: £39,992–£47,722 p.a.

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to join a team of researchers undertaking qualitative analysis of remote consultations, conducted by SkypeTM or similar media. The position is part of a new study of technology-enabled care, funded by the National Institute for Health Research and led by Dr Sara Shaw.

The post involves qualitative analysis of over 35 remote consultations with patients in cancer, diabetes and heart failure collected in previous studies, and comparison with a subset of face-to-face consultations. It involves undertaking detailed interactional micro-analysis with the aim of identifying and analysing the communication strategies that make up a ‘good’ remote consultation, and producing guidance to inform clinicians and patients on the future use of remote consultations. Research ethics committee approval, and informed consent from patient and clinician for research analysis are in place. The post offers scope for a researcher to generate new theoretical and empirical findings in an area of significant current interest to policymakers, practitioners and patients, and to contribute to wider work being undertaken by the team (e.g., relating to developing remote consultations in the wider NHS).

The successful applicant will have a PhD in a relevant area, and demonstrated practical competence in the analysis of spoken interaction. They will have experience of working in a research environment, a commitment to undertaking social science informed research, and an interest in developing a career in research.

This is a full-time, fixed-term post available for 12 months. The successful applicant would ideally start on 01 June 2018. They would be a member of the Interdisciplinary Research in Health Sciences (IRIHS) team, led by Professor Trish Greenhalgh and Dr Sara Shaw and based in the Radcliffe Observatory quarter in central Oxford, and work closely with Professor Deborah Cameron in the Faculty of Linguistics.

Potential applicants who would like to discuss the post please contact Dr Sara Shaw at sara.shaw@phc.ox.ac.uk.

More details about the study (QuARC – Qualitative Analysis of Remote Consultations) is available in the job description and via the project website.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday, 01 March 2018 and we expect to hold interviews in Oxford on Tuesday, 13 March 2018.

Source: University of Oxford

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