Qualitative Research Associate

Job Description

We are looking for a Qualitative Research Associate who will be working on a qualitative research study aiming to understand attitudes towards using risk prediction modelling for identifying young people at risk of depression and anxiety. The study will consist of interviews with adolescents and young adults (age 16 - 25) to better understand perceived barriers as well as opportunities to use risk prediction modelling in practice. The work will result in a manuscript prepared for peer-review.



You will be leading on the analysis and write-up of the results, and support the study team with the development and design of the study. This includes



1. Topic guide (co-drafting with input from lived experience)



2. Ethics application (co-drafting)



3. Updating study information materials based on existing materials at King's



4. Organising a kick-off meeting with the study team to prepare the interviewers for their interviews, support interviewees and study team in case of queries and support with incorporating best-practice principles. 



5. Data analysis



6. Drafting the manuscript



The project is part of an overall research programme led by dr. Josefien Breedvelt, funded by the Prudence Trust, that aims to advance our understanding what works for whom for preventing depression and anxiety in children and young people. 



Qualifications

Essential:



- PhD in psychology and/or a related mental health science area in qualitative research methods with children and young people



Desirable:



-Relevant training and experience with qualitative design, lived experience involvement



Skills

- PhD in psychology and/or a related mental health science area focussing on using qualitative research methods in studies involving children and young people's mental health



- Experience in developing qualitative research projects from start to finish with young people with and without experience of mental health difficulties

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PLEASE NOTE: Interviews will take place on Monday 10th June 2024, with a six-hour training day held on Monday 24th June (all online)



Could all applicants please include a CV and covering letter. Thank you.



An exciting opportunity has arisen for some Assistant Psychologists to be part of an exciting project at King’s College London.  This funded research project will evaluate the effectiveness of an NLP based trauma intervention called FIRST with UK military veterans presenting with PTSD in a large trial. The project aims to:




  • Confirm if the novel FIRST treatment works as well as the pilot NLP therapy.

  • Evaluate whether FIRST therapy delivered remotely on a secure online video platform is effective in reducing PTSD symptoms.

  • Understand what happens to thinking patterns following FIRST, to understand how it reduces PTSD symptoms.



The study is in two phases, the first phase being Proof of Concept (POC) and the second phase being a full randomised controlled trial (RCT). The POC will recruit 30 UK veterans with PTSD who will all receive the novel therapy. This phase will last three months. Once the POC is complete the trial will move forward to the full-scale trial lasting around 19 months. Phase 2 will recruit 215 UK veterans who will be randomly allocated to receive the novel therapy immediately or join a waiting list and receive the novel therapy 20 weeks later.



The post involves supporting with the recruitment and assessment of trial participants. The post holder will be expected to complete standalone comprehensive assessments with potential participants to identify their current mental health status and presenting post-traumatic stress symptomology. The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and will develop an understanding of veterans’ mental health difficulties and the appropriate support available.



The post holder will need to have degree level knowledge of psychology, and research/service evaluation experience would be desirable. The post also requires the ability to establish good working relationships, both with service-users and the wider research team. The ability to demonstrate an interest in working with the military/veteran population is essential. Successful candidates will demonstrate drive, enthusiasm and commitment to contributing to the delivery of the research trial.



MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES



A. Clinical




  1. To complete and assist with psychological screening and standardised assessment for participants accessing the study.

  2. To work alongside other team members and ensure close liaison and communication within the multi-disciplinary teams.

  3. To identify any participant risks jointly with colleagues and take appropriate action to reduce risk and report the situation to the designated senior member of staff.

  4. To work without supervision and independently on a day-to-day basis, within the limitations of the post and seek help and advice when appropriate.

  5. To maintain a high degree of professionalism when working with distressed adults as part of the assessment process.

  6. To maintain accurate clinical records in accordance with the guidelines of record-keeping; entering appropriate details into the trial electronic systems.



B. Training and Supervision




  1. To attend all relevant mandatory trainings associated with the trial.

  2. To develop skills and competencies that assist in delivery of current duties.

  3. To receive regular supervision in accordance with professional practice and trial guidelines.



C. IT responsibilities




  1. To utilise standard PC packages such as MS Word and MS Excel for data entry, data processing and writing of reports.



D. Time commitment




  1. The Proof of Concept trial (Phase 1) will run from 1st August 2024 for around three months with the Randomised Controlled Trial (Phase 2) from April 2025 until October 2026. During the Phase 1 trial, there will be approximately 20 hours of work over three months, with flexibility on a week by week basis and then further, more extensive hours available from April 2025.



DATA PROTECTION ACT



We are all expected to be aware of the Data Protection Act and to follow the local Codes of Practice to ensure appropriate action is taken to safeguard confidential information.



Qualifications

Qualifications:




  • An upper second-class honours degree or higher in psychology (Lower second-class honours will also be considered if further post-graduate study has been completed) - ESSENTIAL

  • Entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society/ IABCP/ PSI - ESSENTIAL

  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice, and or research design and analysis - DESIRABLE



Skills

Continuous Professional Development




  • Evidence of continuous professional development relevant to the current research trial. - ESSENTIAL



Previous Experience




  • Work with people with mental health problems and/or other disabilities. - ESSENTIAL

  • Experience of working with active military personnel or military veterans. - DESIRABLE



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities




  • Knowledge and skills in the psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients with mental health problems - DESIRABLE

  • Good knowledge of IT (MS Word and Excel) - ESSENTIAL

  • Knowledge and understanding of the multi-faceted difficulties including complex mental health problems which affect military veterans - DESIRABLE



Additional Requirements:




  • An interest in working with veterans with a range of mental health problems - ESSENTIAL

  • An ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines - ESSENTIAL

  • An ability to interact with clients with mental health problems or other disabilities - ESSENTIAL

  • Ability to communicate with clients who may present as interpersonally challenging or volatile - ESSENTIAL

  • Ability to work independently, reliably and consistently with work agreed and managed at regular intervals - ESSENTIAL

This is an opportunity to join a small and dynamic team within the Brand & Marketing Department, known as MOST (Marketing Operations Support Team). We are a lean group formed to undertake tasks that, whilst critical to the work of the Marketing Campaigns team, do not require marketing expertise and experience.  



The Marketing Assistant will support the Faculty-based Marketing team in achieving their objectives to increase the volume of applications from high achieving students across King’s portfolio of courses, and convince offer holders to accept their offer and enrol. For this role, this is achieved through administering marketing activities to help achieve outcomes that advance the university's student recruitment and brand strategy. 



This includes video editing and captions, events set up and administration (required to run online events, invite prospective students and log their attendance etc), web page updates to ensure consistency and a variety of other tasks. 



Brand & Marketing is a large vibrant department.  If you enjoy variety and working in a fast-paced environment then this could be the role for you. 




  • Under the supervision of the relevant Marketing lead, provide assistance with marketing activities and projects, helping to ensure that they are delivered to a high standard, on time and within budget.  

  • Where relevant, assist with the curation of content for on and off-line marketing assets to support King’s student recruitment activities. 

  • Work flexibly with the line manager to prioritise requests for support from the faculty-based Marketing team. 

  • In conjunction with the line manager, build relationships with internal and external stakeholders to assist with the delivery of marketing activities and initiatives. 

  • Monitor relevant inboxes and enquiries as may be required, responding to queries and escalating complex enquiries to the relevant member of staff; 

  • Receive guidance and support from line management in order to carry out duties effectively, including where appropriate a range of internal and external training opportunities. 

  • Work effectively as part of a dynamic team. 

  • Work within the department on a range of team building and learning exercises, general university marketing activities and team meetings. 

  • Support the department on additional key activities as required, such as open days, UCAS fairs, open evenings, taster days and other ad-hoc recruitment events. 

  • Develop an awareness of data protection/confidentiality and an understanding of the importance of handling certain information with discretion and care. 

  • General administrative duties such as the organisation of Marketing team meetings and away days, meeting and greeting visitors and preparing rooms for meetings, workshops and interviews.  

  • Other duties as specified by the Director or Deputy Directors of Brand & Marketing. 

  • Daily responsibilities may include: 

  • Assisting with the planning and delivery of online and on-campus events for the Marketing team. 

  • Responding to enquiries via the contact centre, email or social media platforms as required. 

  • Supporting the recruitment, organisation and administration of student ambassadors for the Marketing team. 

  • Contributing to content production for the Marketing team. 

  • Updating web pages with copy and content as required. 



 



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



Qualifications

There are no qualification required.  Good attention to detail is necessary.



Skills

Essential criteria 




  1. Prioritising and Organising: the ability to co-ordinate resources and activities appropriately, taking into account competing demands across multiple projects; this includes personal time management and the management of stakeholder expectations 

  2. Proven ability to communicate clearly and effectively orally, by e-mail and in writing with colleagues, external enquirers and institutions in a manner sensitive to diverse backgrounds 

  3. Strong IT and general office administrative skills 

  4. Strong proofreading skills with excellent grammar and spelling 

  5. Drive for Excellence: Works to a high personal standard to achieve both their own and team objectives; will look for solutions when things are not running smoothly and knows when to seek support or ‘delegate upwards’ 

  6. Resilience and Adaptability: Manages on-going pressure over time, responding flexibly to change or conflicting priorities; maintains a professional approach and stays focused on solutions when faced with work challenges or tight deadlines 

  7. Breaking down Boundaries: Cooperates with others within the team, the department and the faculty; does their share of the work and helps out others when requested; proactively seeks to learn from others and willingly shares information 

  8. Influence and Relationship Building: Seeks to influence by tailoring the message and approach to address the concerns of the other party; recognises the importance of considering other perspectives and listens to others attentively 

  9. Interest in, and enthusiasm for, brand and marketing 

To support the Residences Wellbeing Team with developing a harm-reduction approach to misconduct issues in Halls and overseeing and implementing the Residences Disciplinary Policy to ensure a safe living environment for students. This includes managing behaviour of students in Halls, as well as supporting with behaviour-related welfare issues, taking the lead on complex cases, and referring serious cases of misconduct with the College Student Conduct and Appeals team.



This is includes (but is not limited to) the following responsibilities:



Conduct Case Management




  • Accurately record and track misconduct cases on the ResiConduct database.

  • Review incident reports submitted by the team daily and follow up with the relevant individuals to ensure cases are not left open unnecessarily and those cases that require further action are dealt with in a timely manner.

  • Advise and support all Resident Managers and residences teams with investigating incidents (Fact Finding Investigations) and submitted reports which are to be dealt with under the Residences Disciplinary Policy are accurate and all information is up to date.

  • Organise and oversee the running of the Disciplinary Panel Hearings, inclusive of all necessary administration i.e. Invitations to disciplinary panel hearings, scheduling meetings, answering student queries, sending disciplinary hearing  outcomes, work closely with Panel members, etc.

  • Escalate issues to the Residences Welfare and Conduct Manager/Associate Director of King’s Residences whenever a risk to one or more students and/or to the University’s reputation is identified.

  • Sensitively explore any associated welfare issues within conduct incidents, referring students through Student of Concern (SOC)  as necessary and signposting students to appropriate support (Report+Support).

  • Provide pastoral support to students undergoing conduct investigations.

  • Work alongside the KCLSU to coordinate their support and involvement in Residences Disciplinary.

  • Submit reports to Student Conduct and Appeals for more complex and/or serious cases of misconduct.



Awareness and Support




  • Annually update all site teams on changes made to the Disciplinary process.

  • Provide advice and guidance to sites with all incidents of misconduct.

  • Participate in the annual training of the Residence Welfare Lead team in areas of student behaviour and conduct.

  • Collaborate with the Resilife team to run proactive events to support community development and respect, with a particular focus on key topics such as online safety awareness, sexual consent and bullying and harassment.





Other Duties




  • Remain up to date on services available for students in the local community and within the King’s community, nurturing contacts with these services and drawing upon them as appropriate.

  • Support a culture of integrity and professionalism.

  • Attend regular training and/or self-development to ensure best practice is applied to the function.

  • Identify issues that may hinder completion of tasks and find appropriate solutions.

  • Be willing to seek out input from others and share own ideas to achieve best outcomes.

  • Manage the ResiConduct inbox and respond to queries in timely manner.

  • Seek feedback from colleagues and stakeholders on the overall management of conduct within King’s Residences.

  • Work as a supportive and co-operative team member, share information and acknowledge others’ efforts.

  • Identify and assess options to address student problems and suggest means to improve procedures and processes.

  • Support with safeguarding duties such as the monitoring of under18s in residence or supporting vulnerable groups.

  • To carry out such other duties as agreed with the organisation and line management.



 



NB: Overtime may be necessary and expected where there may be a requirement of traveling to training courses, team meetings and trainings, covering holidays and sickness to ensure continuity of service to the Residence.



 



Qualifications

  • Relevant work experience and/or education: We think a wide range of different work and educational experiences could support you to be successful in this role. Relevant work experience might include work in support and case management, dispute resolution or student services. Relevant educational experiences might include higher education in a related discipline, professional qualifications or other training .

  • Educated to A level or above. 

  • Training or experience in any of the following areas may be beneficial: mediation and dispute resolution; welfare or mental health; diversity and inclusion and; legal or quasi-legal matters. 



Skills


  • A need to interpret rules, procedures and regulations and provide advice to others on how they should be applied.



  • Sound knowledge of the sensitive nature of personal data, and the importance of compliance with Data Protection Legislation (by both yourself and your team) 

  • Sound knowledge of safeguarding, assessing risk and duty of care. An understanding of when to escalate cases, and respond with diplomacy and sensitivity. 


  • Working with vulnerable young adults/University students or those with behavioural issues




  • Knowledge of current issues students face in the HEI landscape




  • Conflict management and resolution skills such as mediation




  • Public speaking skills – confident in presenting and facilitating training sessions




  • Excellent command of the English language




  • Excellent written and oral communication skills




  • Strong IT skills with working experience of Outlook, Word and Excel



  • Be able to work autonomously and without supervision

  • Resilience when dealing with conflict scenarios or upsetting incidents

  • A strong sense of self-awareness and ability to regulate own wellbeing

  • Be trustworthy, transparent and respectful

  • Maintain excellent time-keeping and attendance

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