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Research Fellow in Transition

School of Health Sciences

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £25,493 to £32,258 per annum
£31,866 to £40,322 per annum pro rata (0.8 FTE)
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Wednesday 25 August 2021
Closing Date:  Tuesday 21 September 2021
Reference:  050821

The Maternal, Child and Family Health group in the School of Health Sciences is excited to be advertising for a Research Fellow to work on the ‘Evaluation of the Development of the Burdett Trust National Transition Nursing Network’. This project focuses on improving transition for young people moving from child to adult health services.

In 2015 Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust (LTHT) were successful in securing funding from the Burdett Trust for Nursing to implement a three year project aimed at developing an exemplar Model of Care for Transition. Owing to the success of the project, the Chief Executive of the Burdett Trust for Nursing asked LTHT to submit a proactive grant application to support the development of a National Transition Nursing Network, with a view to the team from LTHT leading a roll out and formal evaluation of the quality improvement model for transition improvement across England (a brochure with further information about the network is available here: The Research Fellow will be part of the evaluation team for this project, based at the University of Surrey.

We are looking for a researcher with excellent project management and research skills, together with excellent verbal and written communication skills, who can work independently, but also work well within a team environment.  The successful candidate will be required to coordinate and undertake research activities including data collection and analysis (interviews, online surveys, routine data collected in participating Trusts), liaising with health professionals, parents and young people, and dissemination. Previous knowledge and experience of undertaking healthcare research would be an advantage.

This is a fixed-term part-time (0.8 wte) post for up to 30 months.

The School of Health Sciences is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and is a leading provider of undergraduate education in nursing, midwifery, and paramedic practice.  The School also has an extensive portfolio of postgraduate and continuing professional development courses, research and consultancy. It has extensive links with local health care providers and undertakes research and practice development projects with NHS trusts as active partners.

The School offers a wide range of innovative programmes in the field of Health Sciences. Research within the school is diverse, and focused in five distinct areas: cancer care, digital health, long term conditions and ageing, maternal, child and family health, and workforce, organisation and well-being.

The School is in an exciting period of development and opportunity with ambitious plans for the future that focus on the continuing development of excellence in teaching, building our international research profile and extending our clinical collaborations nationally and internationally. 

In addition to salary the successful post holder will receive a generous annual leave entitlement, excellent development opportunities and access to childcare assistance. Some flexible home working is supported but attendance at our campus in Guildford will be necessary as we come out of lockdown.

Further information about the University and the School of Health Sciences can be found at  For an informal discussion about the post please contact Prof. Faith Gibson;

As part of our extensive benefits package at Surrey, these appointments offer access to an excellent USS (University Superannuation Scheme) pension scheme.  We do recognise that some staff currently working in the NHS may prefer to explore whether they can continue with an existing NHS scheme, once they have moved to university employment. If you stop working for the NHS and take up an academic post at the University of Surrey, we are pleased to advise that you may be able to continue to pay into the NHS pension scheme; this facility enables you to continue to contribute towards your existing NHS pension despite no longer being employed by the NHS.   Access to the NHS pension scheme will only be available if certain criteria are satisfied, so if this is something you wish to investigate, please do check directly with the University of Surrey Pensions Office at

The School is based in a modern, purpose built, state of the art teaching facility on the University of Surrey campus in Guildford.  The campus provides a pleasant working environment with close links to road and rail transport. 

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.




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