Research Fellow Ref 9142

School/department: Education & Social Work / Dept of Social Work & Social Care
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term until June 2024
Reference: 9142
Salary: starting at £35,333 to £42,155 per annum, pro rata for part time
Placed on: 18 July 2022
Closing date: 11 August 2022 Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: 29 August 2022
Expected start date: 14 October 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter

Job description

The Department of Social Work and Social Care, within the School of Education and Social Work, seeks applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow post funded by the NIHR. The post is to work on a research study led by Dr David Orr and has a focus on ‘Improving collaborative inter-agency systems and practice in self-neglect’.

Government guidance states that self-neglect ‘covers a wide range of behaviours’ where the person does not fully care for their own health, hygiene or home environment, and this may put them at risk of harm. Self-neglect became a matter for adults safeguarding in 2014 in England, but Safeguarding Adults Reviews have shown that there remain challenges in ensuring that different professionals and organisations work together effectively. This research project is working to understand and address these challenges, and to develop relevant resources, training and guidance for practitioners and Safeguarding Adults Boards.

The research team is working with Safeguarding Adults Boards at five sites around England. The successful applicant will contribute to the project through: interviewing professionals and people with lived experience of self-neglect; facilitating focus groups with practitioners to inform resource development; analysis of the data gathered; knowledge exchange with the research sites; and development of the findings into publications, and usable resources and guidance for practitioners and local policy-makers. While much of the data collection can be done remotely, applicants should expect some travel to sites, and potentially overnight stays.

Please contact Dr. David Orr ( for informal enquiries.

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Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 9142) (PDF 99KB)

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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