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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Palliative Care

Reference:  HY0317
Campus:  Hull
Faculty/Area:  Faculty of Health Sciences
School/Department:  Hull York Medical School
Subject Group/Team:  Wolfson Palliative Care Research Group
Salary:  £34,804 to £40,322 per annum
Fixed Term/ 18 months
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Monday 04 January 2021

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Cancer outcomes are poorer in Yorkshire than in England as a whole and are especially poor in Hull.  People with higher socioeconomic status have substantially better health than those with lower socioeconomic status; this is also true in relation to cancer outcomes.   Yorkshire Cancer Research (YCR) has awarded the University of Hull a £4.9m programme of research to tackle these inequalities in early diagnosis and detection, patient management, survivorship and palliative care.  More information about how we are addressing these key gaps in knowledge, especially related to age and socio-economic differences, can be found on our website:

This project will focus on people nearing the end of life who have a high risk of delirium. Delirium causes severe distress for patients and families, anxiety and stress for health and care staff, and poor clinical outcomes. However, clinical guidelines for the identification and management of delirium (e.g. NICE, SIGN, ACSQ) are only partly-implemented. This study will address the guideline implementation challenge of how to bring together practical support (e.g. screening tools and clinical pathways) and communication between family and friends, volunteers, and a wide range of health and care professionals. The study will: 1.use experience-based co-design to refine an implementation strategy for guideline-adherent delirium care; 2.conduct a realist evaluation using Normalisation Process Theory to assess the acceptability and flexibility of using the implementation strategy at three sites in Yorkshire; and 3.conduct a feasibility study to demonstrate the potential for a future quasi-experimental evaluation.

This exciting post provides the opportunity to conduct implementation research using a range of methods as part of a broader programme of palliative and cancer care research. The post-holder will: 1.Contribute to obtaining ethical and research governance approval 2.Conduct experience-based co-design workshops 3.Use a realist approach and theory to structure the collection (surveys, interviews) and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data about implementation (e.g. fidelity to core and adaptable components) and feasibility (e.g. recruitment, use of screening tools). The study will underpin future grant proposals to evaluate implementation in delirium care as well as in palliative care more broadly. 

Depending on pandemic restrictions that may be in place at the time, travel to study sites in Yorkshire for workshops and data collection will be required

The post will be based within the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre ( at Hull York Medical School, within the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Hull and based on the University of Hull campus. As one of the few dedicated palliative care research centres in the UK, the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre provides excellent opportunities for career development in palliative care research.

In your covering letter please refer directly to the criteria given in the person specification below. Applications are assessed by the selection panel according to these criteria. You should indicate in your cover letter whether you wish to be considered for flexibility in working hours, pattern and/or location. 

Post HY0317 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow should be read in conjunction with post HY0316 Research Associate. Only one post will be appointed to at the appropriate level. If you wish to be considered for both positions, you will need to submit a separate online application form for each position.

Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Dr Mark Pearson (Senior Lecturer in Implementation Science; or Prof. Miriam Johnson (Professor of Palliative Medicine;

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