COVID-19: Intensive care experiences

The offer

Introduction

This fellowship opportunity will help deliver much-needed research to support the response to the COVID-19 crisis. Applications are invited from experienced qualitative researchers to lead a project to capture the experiences of people who have been critically ill with COVID-19 and been cared for in an ICU, and those of family members of survivors and non-survivors.

The fellow will explore and evaluate how the perspectives and priorities of patients themselves can provide a basis for co-design of care and service models for care on ICU and for support/follow-up. This will generate learning from the response to COVID-19 and help enhance planning for future pandemics.

Applications are invited from individuals currently in post at UK universities who are available to work as soon as possible on this award. The successful applicant will remain employed by their own university for the duration of the fellowship.

The fellowship should be completed in 18 months, or up to a maximum of 24 months if part-time. It is expected that the fellowship will begin during summer 2020. This fellowships may be especially suitable for academic or research staff who would benefit from replacement salary while their current research is paused.

What we offer

The award will include salary costs and research expenses directly relevant to the project up to a maximum of £120K.

It is expected, at a minimum, that a university will use the funding to pay for:

  • Salary costs for the fellow including all on-costs (superannuation, NI and apprenticeship levy).
  • Research costs (e.g. items of small equipment, data access, transcription costs, meeting costs, and expenses for service-user participants).
  • Dissemination and publication costs, for example open-access publications.

The appointed fellow will be offered a professional development programme which will be discussed on award and customised to the specifics of the fellow’s needs, commitments, and fellowship duration. The programme may include, for example, membership of a learning set, coaching, and/or mentoring. Full engagement with the agreed programme will be expected.

Selection criteria

Who can apply

Candidates from any UK university may apply to the scheme. More than one application per university can be submitted.

Applicants should be already in post in a research/academic position in a UK university. Those in clinical speciality training will be responsible for making their own arrangements with the relevant deanery or Local Education and Training Board, or equivalent, where appropriate.

All applications must be submitted via our Fellowship Management System. All applications should be submitted by an administrative authority/finance office in the applying university and must include a statement of support from the head of school/department (or equivalent).

What we’re looking for

The selection criteria includes:

  • Experienced and skilled qualitative researchers who can lead the project independently while sustaining excellent relationships with collaborators, patients and families, clinicians, and wider health service stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable interest in how patient experience might be used to inform the design and implementation of improvement strategies in healthcare.
  • PhD in either social science, health services research, health psychology or a related subject or, exceptionally, equivalent postgraduate research experience.
  • Good publications record for stage of career, including peer-reviewed qualitative research publications.

Application stages

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via our Fellowship Management System. All applications should be submitted by an administrative authority/finance office in the applying university and must include a statement of support from the head of school/department (or equivalent).

Application stages

1. Before you apply

We encourage you to check that your application is eligible and competitive by reading the guidance for applicants. Applicants will be required to agree to THIS Institute’s standard Themed Fellowships Award Conditions at the time of application.

2. Submit your application

All applications must be submitted online through the Fellowship Management System.

3. Review and shortlisting

Applications will be checked initially for eligibility and completeness, and assessed by an expert panel against the selection criteria included in the guidance for applicants.

4. Interview

Short-listed applicants may optionally be invited for interview at the discretion of the panel.

5. Final decision

All applicants will be notified of the funding decision.

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