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Band 8a
  • Full time
  • Home or remote working
  • Compressed hours
37.5 hours per week (Flexible working hours considered)
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Velindre University NHS Trust
Employer type
Life Sciences Hub
£48,526 - £54,619 per annum
Salary period
15/02/2023 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Senior Health Services Researcher

Band 8a

Thank you for your interest in working for Velindre University NHS Trust, which is a committed equal opportunities employer. The Trust welcomes applications from people who share our vision;

Velindre University NHS Trust will be recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a renowned organisation of excellence for patient and donor care, education and research.

our values;

  • BE Accountable
  • BE Bold
  • BE Caring
  • BE Dynamic

and who will complement our current experienced and specialist employees who are passionate about working in a Trust that has the ambition to provide world class services and care to patient and donors.

Velindre University NHS Trust holds a special place at the heart of healthcare in Wales. It is also an amazing organisation to work and to develop your career. The Trust comprises of two divisions, Velindre Cancer Centre and Welsh Blood Service. The Trust also hosts on behalf of the Welsh Government and NHS Wales, NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP) and Health Technology Wales (HTW).

Velindre University NHS Trust provides our employees with a favourable salary and reward / staff benefits & support package.

For more information on this vacancy please contact the recruiting manager, who will be pleased to discuss their employment opportunity with you.

Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.

The Trust also reserves the right to close a vacancy early or withdraw an advertisement at any stage of the process, to enable internal staff requiring to be redeployed in suitable roles.

Posts may be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and Professional Registration Check.

For more information on our Trust Employee Reward and Benefit’s Package please visit the Velindre University NHS Trust website.

 Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and enthusiastic Senior Health Services Researcher to join our growing team at Health Technology Wales (HTW) while we roll out our next exciting phase.

HTW is funded by Welsh Government and hosted by Velindre NHS Trust. The purpose of HTW is to identify, appraise, promote, enable and measure the adoption of health technologies across NHS Wales, linking into national agendas for innovation and prudent healthcare. HTW appraise the clinical and cost effectiveness of non-medicine health technologies in Wales, working with, but independently, of NHS Wales. HTW also act as a Front Door to NHS Wales, signposting technology developers to initiatives to support technology evaluation and optimization over the life cycle of the technology. 

We are seeking to recruit a Senior Health Services Researcher (SHSR) to help lead a team of health services researchers and oversee delivery of a range of evidence review and health technology assessment outputs.

As well as having specialist knowledge of literature searching and critical appraisal, you will have extensive experience of leading evidence based projects and delivering work which will support national guidance on health interventions.  You will also be able to demonstrate your ability to forge partnerships with UK and international partners in health technology assessments.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will focus on HTW’s work assessing the evidence-based use of non-medicine health technologies. They may also contribute to HTW’s wider work carrying out evidence reviews to support health and care policy and decision making in Wales, as part of the newly-formed Wales Evidence Centre.

Collaborating with subject experts and decision-making committees, the post holders will facilitate evidence-based decision making in Wales on a wide range of health and care topics. They will carry out evidence reviews of varying complexity, from rapidly summarising research findings to carrying out more rigorous evidence reviews.

The post holder will also provide professional management and leadership to new and existing members of the Health Services Researcher team They will line manage other team members, provide advice and support to other members of staff, and quality assure the evidence review work of other team members.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Working for our organisation

Here at Velindre University NHS Trust we are extremely proud of the specialist services we provide across the whole of Wales in our cutting-edge Velindre Cancer Centre and our award-winning Welsh Blood Service, as well as the expertise of our corporate functions that bring the two divisions together. We are also fortunate to host the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership and Health Technology Wales and have developed strong partnership working with these expert services. 

Formed in 1999, the Trust has a dedicated workforce that continuously strives to provide the key principles of prudent healthcare through a wide array of roles. We play a vital role in the communities we support and have ambitious plans for the future to continue to improve the services we deliver. We strive to maintain our core values in everything we do by being; accountable, bold, caring and dynamic, and ensuring the best possible care for our patients and donors.

If you want to work for an organisation that prides itself on making a real difference and offers exciting career opportunities then Velindre University NHS Trust is the place for you.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job Description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click “Apply now” to view in Trac.

Person specification

Qualifications and/or Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • A post graduate master’s degree or PhD in a relevant subject such as public health, health services research or health care science, or equivalent research/clinical experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of systematic review methodologies for clinical effectiveness
  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to the regulation of non-medicine technologies (e.g. medical device regulations) and health services research methodology (e.g. GDPR)
  • Evidence of continuous professional development.
Desirable criteria
  • A project management qualification or demonstrable experience.
  • A broad understanding of NHS infrastructure
  • An understanding of health economic methodologies
  • Recognised management qualification (Diploma level or higher), or experience of leading and managing a team


Essential criteria
  • Specialist knowledge of one or more areas of research methodology such as the analysis and use of quantitative data, critical appraisal or qualitative research
  • A good understanding of a wide range of other health services research skills, such as social research, qualitative research methods, questionnaire development, statistical analysis and epidemiology
  • Experience of presenting and communicating scientific information clearly and appropriately to an expert and lay audience
  • Experience of producing concise written reports for different audiences
  • The ability to establish and develop good working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable experience in working with multidisciplinary teams including senior managers, academics or clinicians
  • Project management skills and the ability to deal with and prioritise a varied and demanding workload
  • Experience of reporting and disseminating research findings e.g. in HTA reports, and in papers for publication in medical and scientific journals,
  • Demonstrable advanced problem solving skills
  • Highly developed planning and organisational skills, with the ability to deal with and prioritise a varied and demanding workload
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as work independently using own initiative.
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of NHS Wales policy and priorities
  • Specialist experience of one or more areas of research methodology such as the statistical analysis and use of quantitative data, critical appraisal, or qualitative research
  • Experience of evaluating non-medicines technologies Insight into wider clinical and ethical issues, and implications for safe use of health technologies
  • Understanding of quality management principles and systems
  • Experience in applied health economics, economic modelling, systematic review & critical appraisal.
  • Knowledge of international HTA systems
  • Knowledge of NHS data collection, databases (e.g. literature databases) and analysis systems and how to use these to conduct research activity.
  • Experience of working with Continuous Improvement Techniques for improving products, services or processes.

Aptitude & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills, and demonstrable ability to analyse and synthesize complex technical data and information
  • Highly developed IT skills including the use of statistical packages, referencing systems, spreadsheets and word processing tools and systems to manage research data
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to speak Welsh
  • Ability to conduct meta-analyses and/or meta-syntheses

Values & Behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Agile, responsive, flexible and adaptable to changing environments
  • Interest in self-development, maintaining and improving skills and competence
  • Ability to work in a calm and efficient manner and respond well to unforeseen challenges
  • A self-motivated & enthusiastic team player
Desirable criteria
  • Meets all desirable criteria as per attached job description/person specification


Essential criteria
  • Enhanced writing and verbal presentation skills, and the ability to present complex information in a format suitable for different target audiences
Desirable criteria
  • Meets all desirable criteria as per attached job description/person specification

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

Welsh language skills are desirable

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David Jarrom
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Principal Researcher
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