Research Assistant

London, England, gb
Company: King's College London
Category: Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
Published on 2021-06-16 06:00:52

Job description

The post is an exciting opportunity for an experienced research assistant to become part of CAMHS Digital Lab a joint initiative between South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), the Centre for Translational Informatics, and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at King’s College London. The purpose of the CAMHS Digital lab is to make evidence based mental healthcare accessible for young people and their families when and where they need it most. One of the main roles for the CAMHS Digital lab is to co-design, build and evaluate digital tools to help clinicians, families, caregivers and young people better understand changes in mental health and wellbeing, and enable access to tailored, evidence-based support. This role will lead the user testing, liaison with digital developers, as well as design the implementation and evaluation processes. SLaM, in partnership with KCL, have set its longer-term mission to provide the highest quality mental health and community care in England. This post will enable KCL to support SLaM’s development of their Quality Improvement (QI) Programme, which aims embed a culture of continuous improvement through participation of all staff in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a large number of Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) / small-scale projects via a multi-year organisation-wide programme. The Programme is unique one for the organisation in terms of breadth, depth and timescale. Integral to this is the ability of the trust to develop its information system to use data more effectively for decision making and improvement with the overall aim of improving outcomes that matter to children, young people and their families. The scope of work is likely to evolve over the duration of the post but will include:

  • i) Implementing and refining the ‘myjourne’ app as part of collaborative project with the University of Cambridge and the University of Exeter to provide an efficient means to enhance mental health and wellbeing data collection from nationally representative child and adolescent populations (please see for more details), as well testing the myjourne app as a novel method of providing a whole school needs assessment to support NHS Mental Health Schools teams ( ) ii) Supporting the effective implementation of the ‘myHealthE’ app ( ) a caregiver and teacher facing data collection platform which is being trialled across SLaM and partner Trusts. myHealthE provides data driven feedback and information of value for participants as well supporting an e-recruitment platform for delivering tailored digital interventions
    iii) Supporting SLaM CAMHS Covid survey identifying and testing strategies for enhancing cohort cohesion and to minimise attrition ()
  • iv) Exploring digital modalities for eliciting data and providing data driven feedback and information of value for participants;
    v) Exploring ways of working on the co-production of the platform with young people (and their families). The role will also involve liaising with colleagues working on more conventional research cohort recruitment as well as running public engagement activities related to the study and writing up papers for publication with key collaborators. The role holder will also be offered some opportunity to teach, to develop an independent research profile, and to explore future collaborations with colleagues across the IoPPN and elsewhere to develop BRC related research. 
  • The post is initially for months, with an opportunity for extension and apply for further funding.

    This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for months This is a full-time post

    Key responsibilities

  • To develop implementation protocols with consultee input • To support ethical approval for the study protocols
  • To conduct qualitative and epidemiological analyses in multiple datasets under the supervision of senior academics using statistical software.
  • To develop and implement a participant recruitment and data collection strategy for the project potentially using surveys, focus groups, and in-depth interviews
  • To assist in management of all data in collaboration with Database Administrator and respective project teams
  • To coordinate transcription and analysis of all qualitative data
  • To coordinate a strategy for developing and improving informatics solutions for multiple Clinical Academic Group
  • To assist and/or lead writing up of study, including writing up papers for publication in collaboration with other members of the study team
  • Communication and networking

  • To lead and co-ordinate public engagement activities directly related to the aims of the study
  • Liaise with internal and external digital application software developers
  • Liaise with the schools, SLaM clinical services and other consultees on behalf of research colleague and support administrative staff on routine matters
  • Liaise with other academic collaborators across the UK, and departments within the IOPPN
  • Make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding across multiple disciplines and different sectors Teamwork, teaching and departmental support
  • Develop strategies for teaching and learning support in multiple contexts
  • Attend and contribute to departmental meetings and seminars
  • To contribute as required to other activities and studies as departmental tasks arise
  • 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


  • A first degree in psychology, developmental science, health, epidemiology or similar
  • MSc in mental health research, epidemiology, social sciences or similar
  • Strong knowledge of clinical and biomedical sample data collection
  • Knowledge of statistical and qualitative software and analysis
  • Strong skills and experience of mental health research methods - applying for ethical approval, participant recruitment , data and sample management, conducting empirical analysis
  • Ability to communicate effectively and confidently with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to work well in a multidisciplinary team, develop and nurture skills in others.
  • Strong track record in project coordination and research methods
  • Ability to work to deadlines, and able to use initiative
  • Understanding the importance of confidentiality in managing data
  • Experience of applying for ethics
  • An interest in developing relationships between researchers, clinical groups, and various stakeholders
  • Desirable 

  • Experience of public engagement activities
  • Experience in coordinating a research project and supervising either volunteers or staff
  • Experience of working with schools and with adolescent mental health
  • Interest in digital ‘app’ life-cycle management
  • Strong knowledge of evidence-based assessments and interventions
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