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Vacancy details

Closing date: 30 November 2020

Research Practitioner and protected research time for Directors of Public Health

CRN North Thames is seeking expressions of interest from Local Authorities (LAs). Funding is available to support both a Research Practitioner and protected research time for a Director of Public Health. 


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has received funding from the HM treasury to invest in prevention research, supporting Local Authorities to grow their research capabilities in the long term. 

Funds may be used to provide either one full-time Research Practitioner, or a number of part-time Research Practitioners within distinct Local Authorities, dependent on the calibre of interest. Only one Local Authority will be provided with funding for the dedicated research time of a Director of Public Health / Consultant in Public Health. 

This is a new initiative and is currently a fixed-term opportunity for 12 months. This could lead to further posts and funding in the future, to enable research opportunities for a larger number of Local Authorities. On confirmation of which Local Authorities are to be in receipt of this funding, a more detailed job description will be devised in collaboration between the LAs and the CRN.


Please submit queries and your expression of interest to: 

Dr. Robert Pleass, Research Delivery Manager, LCRN North Thames:

For Public Health related enquiries please contact: Prof. Rosalind Raine, 


           for Research Practitioner funding applications: 15 December, 2020

           for Director of Public Health / Consultant in Public Health protected time: 01 December, 2020 

Further details and the requirements of your expression of interest are listed below. 

Role descriptions are available online.  If you are unable to access these please contact Dr Pleass.


When making your application please complete the form on the final page of the EOI document, ensuring you address the following:

  1. Projects may include but are not limited to: data linkage and data analysis; school-based research; evidence identification, access and usage. Please describe the aims and objectives of the project, how you will achieve them within the timeframe and the skill-set necessary to carry out the role.
  2. The current level of Public Health research awareness and activity within your LA: please state examples of existing activity
  3. The mechanisms you will use to build on these within your LA and neighbouring LAs within your STP
  4. Intended deliverables from your project and how they meet each deliverable as described in the role descriptions
  5. How you will monitor and measure achievement against the deliverables; including clarity on the data you will collect.
  6. How you intend to ensure the project beyond the 12-month funding period
  7. Name of post-holder if known – if you intend to recruit into a post then please provide a timeline for recruitment.
  8. Confirmation from employing organisation’s Finance Manager for receipt and allocation of funding.
  9. Confirmation from academic partner institution/s and named individual/s within the institution/s about their support for delivery of aims and objectives.
  10. A statement from the Director of Public Health/Chief Executive or designated signatory describing how they will support the post holder(s).


Applications may be for research practitioner and/or Director/Consultant posts.  The Director/Consultant will be expected to support the work of the research practitioner(s).  Post-holders may be employed by Local authorities, NHS, HEIs or other academic organisations, in the delivery of the project and undertake the role as a secondment.  Please ensure that the appropriate honorary contracts are in place. Post holders will report on a regular basis to the Clinical Research Network North Thames Public Health Specialty Research Lead and Research Delivery Manager.

The aim of the funding is to establish a research active and research ready infrastructure to deliver research in the Public Health sector.  Objectives are outlined in the attached role descriptions and will be set at the beginning of the funding period in conjunction with the Clinical Research Network North Thames Public Health Specialty Research Lead and Research Delivery Manager.  Post holders will be expected to submit reports at six and 12 months demonstrating how they have met the objectives of the post.  It is key to the success of this initiative that there is high-level support for these post within the local authorities and employing organisations and evidence of this is required as part of the expression of interest.