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Faculty of Medicine and Health
Clinical Trials Research Unit
Principal Statistician - Yorkshire and Humberside Research Design Service
The Yorkshire and Humberside Research Design Service is a new initiative, funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), to provide support to NHS clinicians preparing NIHR grant applications for clinical research and clinical trials of relevance to the NHS commitment to deliver quality research with patient and NHS service benefits. The service will be provided jointly by the Universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield. We are looking to appoint a Principal Statistician, based within the Clinical Trials Research Unit at the University of Leeds to support these endeavours.
The Clinical Trials Research Unit at the University of Leeds is a leader in the field of clinical trials research. The Unit conducts national and international randomised clinical trials in a variety of clinical fields (cancer, cardiovascular disease and older people) and has an associated methodological research portfolio.
With a postgraduate qualification in Statistics (MSc/PhD), you will have considerable experience in providing medical statistics consultancy, effective communication skills and a nationally recognised research profile in medical statistics.
The post is available for a fixed term of 5 years (although further funding may be available)
University Grade 8 (£34,793 - £41,545 p.a.)
Informal enquiries to Professor Julia Brown, tel: +44 (0)113 343 1499, email: [log in to unmask]
For information on line please visit http://www.leeds.ac.uk <http://www.leeds.ac.uk/> and click on 'jobs'
Application packs are also available from Catriona Healy, tel: +44 (0)113 343 1477, email: [log in to unmask]
Job ref 214183 Closing date 20 June 2008
To provide and develop a comprehensive statistical consultancy as part of the Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service (YHRDS) for NHS staff in West Yorkshire. As Principal Medical Statistician you will be involved in a wide range of statistical activities, including funding applications, general consulting to NHS health professionals and teaching. The post will be located within Leeds CTRU and professional support and personal development will be provided both by the YHRDS and CTRU.
Background - Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service (YHRDS)
The Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service (YHRDS) is a new initiative funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to provide methodological advice to researchers in the Yorkshire and Humberside Strategic Health Authority in order to increase the number and proportion of high quality funding applications for applied research achieved through: disseminating information; providing advice; referring researchers to experts and services; learning events; supporting linkages and collaborations; offering peer review; monitoring the quality of services, and exploring the wider impact of research. In particular NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) submissions indicate a lack of experience in converting clinical ideas into good research designs, suggesting a need for support. The YHRDS is a White Rose academic collaboration, adopting a hub and spoke model, with university sites in Sheffield (Hub), Leeds and York, and built-in links to the NHS.
The YHRDS will comprise statisticians, health economists, qualitative researchers, patient and public involvement experts, systematic reviewers and public health specialists working within and across the 3 universities.
Background - Clinical Trials Research Unit
The CTRU is a NHS-funded, National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) accredited, UKCRC registered research unit based at the University of Leeds within the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine and has a national and international reputation for conducting complex, multi-centre clinical trials. The CTRU works with NHS partners and University colleagues, providing academic support and infrastructure to enable local, national and international researchers, design and undertake high quality, rigorous, multi-centre trials to MRC/ICH Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines. The CTRU is a strong unit and underpins a large amount of trials work undertaken in the UK.
Background - Yorkshire and Humberside Strategic Health Authority
Yorkshire and the Humber (Y&H), the fourth largest Strategic Health Authority (SHA) in England, includes 22 hospitals and 14 Primary Care Trusts with a population of over 5 million (10% of UK population). It includes two of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe with internationally recognised research in cardiology, oncology, immunology, minimally invasive surgery, biomaterials and tissue engineering. Particular clinical trials strengths exist in cancer, older people and diabetes (Hospitals: Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford and Universities: Sheffield, Leeds, York). Y&H also has a unique cluster of medical devices companies in the UK.
The Y&H region embraces a diverse mix of communities ranging from cities (Leeds, Bradford, York and Sheffield) to rural and remote areas. Health inequalities exist for example there are 1,800 extra deaths each year compared to the national average. Although there is a strong track record in high quality clinical research, currently Research Development Support Unit (RDSU) support covers only a third of the region. 12% of RfPB funding has currently been allocated here, but only 1/5 of peer reviewed applications were recommended for funding, illustrating a need for research support, and a waste of opportunities to make use of good ideas.
Details of the Appointment
You will be accountable to the Director of CTRU and be responsible to the Director of the NIHR Portfolio within the CTRU. You will work closely with other members of the YHRDS including other statisticians within York and Sheffield, CTRU Statistics Team and NIHR portfolio team, Directors of R&D within the Yorkshire and Humberside Strategic Health Authority, clinical research networks and other research partnerships to shape and deliver the RDS based on the needs and priorities of the NHS. The post will link with other research services for example in ethics, research governance, training and working with the business sector to refer researchers to them where appropriate
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Principal roles and responsibilities include:
a) Provide a statistical consultancy service to assist researchers in submission of funding applications through face to face contact, telephone and online services.
b) Provide methodological advice and peer review for grant applications submitted to NIHR funding schemes.
c) Link with industry to assist research undertaken in collaboration with the NHS
d) Work closely with the CTUs within the White Rose Universities to ensure a comprehensive and complimentary service
e) Organise and run research advice clinics in NHS and University locations
f) Act as designated RDS contact for Trusts or research consortia building relationships with Directors of Research, Research Managers and Research Teams
g) Provide support to NHS R & D infrastructure and related research bodies e.g. ethics committees, National Institute for Health and Clinical Effectiveness
h) Signpost researchers to existing research support working closely for example with CTUs, Clinical Research Facilities, Yorkshire Forward, Medipex, Medilink, RDInfo
i) Identify and establish international collaborations to support statistical developments in the YHRDS
j) Promote the academic profile of the YHRDS and CTRU through high quality publications in peer-reviewed clinical and methodological journals and by presenting research at national and international conferences.
k) Represent the YHRDS on national and international research and statistical groups.
l) Act as a reviewer for national funding bodies from a statistics point of view.
m) Undertake grant review and journal refereeing for high impact journals
n) Maintain knowledge of funding and training opportunities for NHS Researchers
o) Preparation of publications and presentations including high quality papers for peer reviewed journals, abstracts and subsequent oral presentation or osters at national or international conferences
Strategy and Leadership:
a) As a member of the YHRDS team, contribute to the development of strategic objectives for the YHRDS and take a leading role in the development of the statistical consultancy service.
b) Ensure that the YHRDS statistical consultancy evolves by keeping abreast of developments which impact upon the work of the Unit through membership of relevant societies, and through journals, conferences and courses.
c) Lead development of statistical methodology relevant to the YHRDS in association with colleagues in the other YHRDS Units in York and Sheffield
d) Maintain links with relevant research networks and knowledge of emerging legislation and initiatives to ensure work is integrated and responsive to new developments and to promote collaborations in research.
e) Present at relevant international/national and regional conferences with regard to the ongoing work of the YHRDS.
f) Identify and address research support needs by working with research networks and NHS organisations
g) Raise awareness of the RDS and funding streams within the health research community
Quality Assurance and Regulation
p) Maintain understanding of regulatory and governance environment for clinical research and assess impact on YHRDS statistical consultancy. This will include the EU Directive for Clinical Trials, Human Tissue Bill and Data Protection Act.
q) Develop, maintain and implement Standard Operating Procedures and guidelines for the YHRDS.
r) Investigate, introduce and validate new statistical software when appropriate.
Teaching and Learning Support
a) Develop and run workshops in collaboration with YHRDS colleagues for NHS researchers.
b) Develop and deliver learning events in areas of methodological weakness identified by NHS partners
c) Produce web based materials for researchers which can address areas of methodological weakness
* Postgraduate qualification in Statistics (MSc/PhD)
* Substantial experience, (approximately 7 years) working in a clinical research environment as a statistician
* Awareness of research funding opportunities
* Nationally recognised research profile in medical statistics e.g. through membership of national research committees, publications and grant income
* Has worked with people at a variety of levels
* Knowledge of statistical computing package
* Knowledge of current statistical issues in clinical research
* Has worked independently to analyse statistical data
* Substantial experience of providing independent medical statistics consultancy
* Research active (as evidenced by grants / publication record)
* Statistical teaching experience
* Effective organisational skills, ability to prioritise and use initiative
* Effective interpersonal and communication skills
* Quick to grasp new concepts
* Willing to keep abreast of / assess / use new statistical techniques
How to Apply
We encourage all applicants to e-mail their completed application forms to us and to complete the equal opportunities monitoring form on-line as this is the most efficient and environmentally friendly option available.
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If you have decided to submit your application by post please return to Catriona Healy, Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Leeds, 17 Springfield Mount, Leeds LS2 9JT
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