Lead for Online Research Communities for Improving Healthcare

Hosted on the institute’s online research and development platform Thiscovery, the communities will offer new, inclusive approach to coordination of evidence generation and improving the quality of care. In particular, they will provide a novel online infrastructure for key stakeholders, including NHS patients and staff, to come together to understand problems, gather information, co-create visions for improvement, and co-design and evaluate solutions relevant to improving quality and safety in healthcare.

The post-holder will be responsible for operationalising the communities. They will collaboratively develop, test, and refine operating models and governance frameworks. They will work within internal and external stakeholders to develop the first Community, and build and enhance the approach as it develops and as further Communities are launched. This is an outstanding opportunity to lead the realisation of a novel approach to bringing research and practice together in healthcare, with potential to have major impacts on the quality, safety and efficiency of care, and the health of patients around the UK.

Candidates should have an honours degree or equivalent experience. An MBA or other advanced qualification in business practice is desirable. They should be able to design and lead a complex programme involving digital infrastructure and collaborations across the health and research ecosystem, with excellent analytical and organisational skills applied to programme development, and an ability to turn complex ideas into operational reality by driving strategic objectives and priorities in a challenging and fast-moving environment. They should be creative, strategically indeed, but also focused on implementation, with an ability to deliver fast-paced projects on time and within budget to an excellent standard. A background in healthcare, research, healthcare audit, education or a related field is an advantage.

This role is full-time, part time will be considered for no less than 0.8 FTE.

Post-holder will be based at Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre).

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Email graham.martin@thisinstitute.cam.ac.uk

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At THIS Institute we aim to create a world-leading scientific asset for the NHS by strengthening the evidence-base for improving the quality and safety of healthcare.

Co-created by two exceptional organisations – the University of Cambridge and the Health Foundation – THIS Institute is founded on the guiding principle that efforts to improve care should be based on the highest quality evidence.

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