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If the answer to these questions is yes then a career at Picker could be for you.

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Research Associate – Coordination Centre

Application close 01-09-2017

£22,330 – £30,450 per annum + benefits

We wish to appoint a Research Associate for our Survey Coordination Centre in the Research Division.

The Research Division

The Research Division is responsible for Picker’s research planning and delivery, as well as major survey coordination projects.

The vacancy is situated within the Survey Coordination Centre, which is responsible for managing the design, management and analysis of surveys within the NHS’s national staff and patient survey programmes. The programmes are conducted on behalf of NHS England and the Care Quality Commission respectively, and include a range of large scale and high profile surveys that are typically coordinated centrally but administrated locally by NHS organisations. These surveys are amongst the largest of their kind in the world.

Purpose of the role

You will report to a Senior Research Associate and will work on the development and coordination of new and existing surveys as part of our Survey Coordination Centre in the Research Division. You will contribute to a range of projects using a variety of survey methodologies, as well as liaising with partners, collaborators, clients and subcontractors.

Quantitative and/or qualitative research experience with skills in questionnaire design, research methods, as well as data handling, analysis and reporting, are essential to this role. You must also be able to apply innovative thinking to identify how new survey methodologies could be beneficial to the organisation and its clients. The ability to work collaboratively, while operating in a self-motivated and independent fashion is key, together with robust written/oral communication skills and attention to detail. Prior experience of project management, statistical packages and database use would be advantageous.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a C.V and covering letter to In your covering letter please describe your suitability for the role.

Closing date for applications is Monday 1st September 2017.

For further information about the role, please contact Nick Pothecary, Senior Research Associate, Survey Coordination Centre, on 01865 208158 or by email:

No agencies please.


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Picker would actively encourage anyone interested in becoming a trustee to contact us to find out more information about the role.

Currently there is a specific interest in hearing from potential trustees that have senior experience of clinical practice as a health or social care professional including leadership in improving the quality of patient or client centred care.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of governance and management of a national or international charity, or other governance and management experience that is applicable to the post. Applicants must also be committed to the values and visions of Picker and committed to understanding and using the patient (client, service user or consumer) perspective in health and social care.

For more information, including a copy of the full job description, please contact Nicola Porter, Executive Assistant – or 01865 208 150.

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