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Research Associate in Health Services Research

Job Description

The post holder will join Professor Catherine Sackley’s research programme with the primary focus being the completion, reporting and dissemination of the PD COMM Trial “A Multi-Centre Randomised Controlled Trial to Compare the Clinical and Cost Effectiveness of Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Versus Standard NHS Speech and Language Therapy Versus Control in Parkinson’s Disease”.

PD Comm is a large pragmatic phase 3, multicentre, 3-arm randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of two types of speech and language therapy (SLT) compared to no SLT (control) for people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) who have self-reported problems with their speech or voice. The primary objective of the trial is to assess the clinical and cost-effectiveness of two types of SLT versus control for people with PD.

The post offers a unique opportunity to be an author on a world leading, 10-year programme of work.

The post holder will be expected to travel to regular meetings in Nottingham and may include occasional meetings in Birmingham, Glasgow and other sites in England, Wales and Scotland. It is likely that a significant proportion of time will be working at home due to current COVID-19 restrictions.

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract to 30 April 2022

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key Responsibilities

  • To work with the study team to complete the final report of PD COMM for the funders (NIHR HTA).
  • To draft the key PD COMM papers and submit 1-2 papers in high-impact rehabilitation journals describing this research.
  • To contribute to a Cochrane systematic review of speech and language therapy for Parkinson’s disease.
  • To lead dissemination activities with patients and the public as well as health care professionals
  • To assist with other research projects in rehabilitation research
  • Contribute to an application for a new programme grant building on the work of the group.
  • To assist, as appropriate, in the management of the final stages of PD COMM, organising conferences (which may be held remotely), establishing contacts with the wider academic community and disseminating knowledge through public activities which further enhance the scholarly reputation of King’s College London
  • As a research post, there are no specific teaching requirements, although there may be opportunities to become involved in Departmental teaching programmes if that fits within the aspirations and career development of the post-holder.

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

Essential criteria

  • First degree in a discipline related to health research
  • PhD degree in health services research
  • Knowledge of randomised controlled trial methods or other quantitative methods
  • Knowledge of NHS care pathways for Parkinson’s disease or other neurological diseases
  • Skills in writing study reports
  • Experience in writing papers for peer review publication
  • Experience in contributing to public dissemination events
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good team-working
  • Well organised and good at meeting deadlines

Desirable criteria

  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Master’s degree in health research related discipline
  • Experience in designing and delivering research projects in health services research


  • Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.


Salary: £38,304 to £45,026
Employment Type: Full Time
Contact Information
Name: Professor Catherine Sackley