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Research Fellow

Reference:  HY0388
Campus:  Hull
Faculty/Area:  Faculty of Health Sciences
School/Department:  Hull York Medical School
Subject Group/Team:  Wolfson Palliative Care Research Group
Salary:  £36,386 to £42,155 per annum pro rata (80% FTE)
Fixed Term - 36 months
Post Type:  Part Time
Closing Date:  Friday 07 October 2022

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Applicants are required to submit a current CV and covering letter outlining how their qualifications and experience meet the Person Specification in the Job Description below

This post provides a valuable opportunity to apply realist principles in conducting a mixed-methods process evaluation in a Yorkshire Cancer Research funded study: A randomised feasibility trial of a tailored, home-based exercise programme on disease-free survival among early stage high-risk recurring cancers.  

More people in Yorkshire are diagnosed with lung, breast, and bowel cancer than in many other parts of the UK, with some specific types at higher risk of returning after treatment. Within each type of cancer, some diagnoses have a higher risk of recurrence. There is some evidence to suggest that regular exercise after cancer treatments can help increase the chances of surviving breast and bowel cancers by almost 40%. The evidence is not strong because it comes from observational studies and there is not enough among lung cancer to say if there is a survival benefit. Good quality, long-term clinical trials are needed to better understand if exercise should form part of cancer treatment. 

This study will compare a personalised home-based exercise programme with support from exercise professionals with NHS standard care. People who have finished their primary treatments and are at higher risk of their cancer returning will take part for 2 years. Results from this study will inform the design of a larger scale trial and provide initial evidence of whether more active people have longer, healthier lives without cancer returning than those who are less active after cancer treatments.

Working together with Dr Maureen Twiddy (Senior Lecturer in Mixed-Methods), Dr Mark Pearson (Reader in Implementation Science) and Dr Cindy Forbes (Chief Investigator), the successful applicant will play a major role in delivering the process evaluation, contributing to obtaining research governance and ethical approvals, conducting and analysing qualitative semi-structured interviews with study participants and health professionals, and contributing to quantitative data collection and descriptive analysis relevant to the process evaluation. Within a realist-informed approach, implementation frameworks will be drawn upon as appropriate to structure data collection and analysis. The successful applicant may also contribute to overall study delivery through participant engagement and recruitment.

Interviews are expected to be held in November. 

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