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Research Associate

Reference:  HY0389
Campus:  Hull
Faculty/Area:  Faculty of Health Sciences
School/Department:  Hull York Medical School
Subject Group/Team:  Wolfson Palliative Care Research Group
Salary:  £29,619 to £35,333 per annum pro rata (80% FTE)
Fixed Term - 24 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 is Band 6 Research Assistant with 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.  

The post will be hosted by University of Hull’s Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre reporting to Dr Cindy Forbes, lead investigator for the project. Dr. Forbes’ research focuses mainly on the role of activity behaviours on quality of life among people with cancer diagnoses. She also investigates how digital technology can be used to deliver lifestyle behaviour support to ensure access to all, reducing location-based health disparities. 

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.

We are seeking a term-limited research assistant to contribute to a project funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research. This project is a collaboration between Dr. Forbes and colleagues from University of Sheffield and University of York. This post may involve working outside of ‘regular hours’ to ensure measures collections and study delivery are at a convenient time for participants. 

The post-holder will: 1) assist in distributing and organising study materials, 2) collect and organise data via surveys, physical measures, and interviews, 3) assist in study delivery via participant engagement and recruitment, and 4) participate in analyses and manuscript preparation. This post is suitable for pre-doctoral (Band 6), potential for up to 1.0FTE or multiple posts part-time. Flexible and remote-working for this post will be considered, with regular visits to the Hull campus as required. 

 Interviews are expected to be held in November. 

For information about the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre group, please visit: https://www.hyms.ac.uk/research/research-centres-and-groups/wolfson 

For information about the Hull York Medical School, please visit: www.hyms.ac.uk 

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At Hull we are committed to equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion at every level, because we believe a diverse workforce brings broader expertise, improved innovation and greater success for all. 

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