Health Services Researcher

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Health Services Researcher


Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Edinburgh

  • Full time
  • Temporary
  • Onsite working

Posted 2 weeks ago, 4 Jul | Get your application in now before you miss out!

Closing date: Closing date not specified

job Ref: bfd4f11ffd47475c9bc03c499333ff1c

Full Job Description

We are seeking to appoint a Health Services Researcher to the Evidence & Digital Directorate Research and Information Service (RIS) to work closely with the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) to support development of the Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines. The post can be based in either Glasgow or Edinburgh; however, hybrid working will apply for the foreseeable future.

RIS provides health service research, scientific advice and information science expertise. Through identifying, appraising and synthesising evidence, it delivers and supports innovation, research and best practice in the development, mobilisation and delivery of HIS evidence outputs. RIS collaborates with external and internal stakeholders, to establish supportive relationships and ongoing mutual working arrangements with wider organisational teams, other researchers and information scientists.

The post-holder will require to have a degree in a numerate, social science or biomedical discipline and a master's degree in in a relevant subject, such as public health, health services research, social research, or health care science. Specialist knowledge of one or more areas of research methodology is required, such as the analysis and use of quantitative data, critical appraisal or qualitative research. The post holder requires a good understanding of a wide range of other health services research skills, including qualitative research methods, questionnaire development, statistical analysis and epidemiology.

Strong conceptual and analytical skills, a demonstrable ability to analyse and synthesise complex technical data and information, as well as highly developed IT skills are required. The post holder will need to possess highly developed skills in written and oral communication, project management, problem solving and organisation. Very well developed and collaborative team working skills are required as well as the ability to work flexibly, deal with and prioritise a varied and demanding workload. The following would also be desirable: experience of writing papers for publication and undertaking systematic reviews of published evidence.

The post holder may also be required to undertake rapid review and topic scoping work, to support the wider Evidence & Digital directorate work within HIS. We are looking for someone who can bring relevant knowledge and experience and who can make an immediate contribution to the team.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) is an organisation with many parts and one purpose - better quality health and social care for everyone in Scotland. The purpose of the HIS Evidence & Digital Directorate is to provide evidence to improve health and care services for the people of Scotland.