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Research Associate

NHS AfC: Band 6

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NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5 hours per week)
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Tavistock Centre
£38,768 - £46,124 per annum inclusive of HCAS (pro-rata)
Salary period
26/09/2021 23:59


The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults.

We are committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. We bring a distinctive contribution based on the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people’s lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health

We contribute to the pool of ideas through our own research and development, but are also committed to bringing together the best ideas of the time, old and new, from inside and out, together with the most gifted and able professionals in our fields of endeavour. We aim to share our ideas and practice through as many routes as possible.

As a Trust we aim constantly to be evolving in nature and form in relation to the environment in which we work, to ensure that our contribution remains relevant.



Research and Development Directorate

120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA

 Research Associate, R&D Directorate

Band 6 AfC: £37,638 to £44,780 per annum inclusive HCAS

Full Time 37.5 Hours per week (10 sessions)


We are seeking an enthusiastic and creative person to join a dedicated multi-disciplinary academic team engaged in a range of externally funded research projects, with a particular focus on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. This is an evolving and challenging role with a varied, interesting and developing workload and is an ideal post for someone who has a keen interest in mental health research. Current active research programmes include the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded LOGiC study (Longitudinal Outcomes of Gender Identity in Children) and the NIHR funded PPC study (Personalised Programmes for Children study). We are committed to interdisciplinary, collaborative research and as such have ongoing collaborations with a wide range academic partners including University College London, King’s College London and the Universities of Liverpool, Reading and Cambridge.

Applications for this position are invited from candidates with a PhD in psychology or a related subject, or significant experience in mental health research. Candidates should be familiar with research and academic environments, and will have the required methodological skills to undertake mental health research. Opportunities will be available to be involved in the writing and submission of research papers for publication. Candidates are requested to use the "Supporting Information" section on the application form to set out their reasons for applying and referring to the person specification, their suitability for this post.

The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust provides multi-disciplinary clinical services for adults, young people, children and their families, and is a leading provider of postgraduate training in the field of mental health. In addition, the Trust has a long history of research and innovation which is recognised nationally and internationally.

For further information about the Tavistock R&D Unit and our current projects, please see our website.

For a job description and to apply please visit NHS Jobs,

For further information or questions please contact Dr Jane Petty, Research Coordinator on: jpetty@tavi-port.nhs.uk


Closing date for applications:  26/09/2021
Interview date: TBC

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Dr Jane Petty
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Research Coordinator
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