Research Associate in Quantitative Analysis of NHS Data

Job summary

This project involves quantitative analysis of real NHS data and is an exciting opportunity for an individual who is looking to develop their career as a health services researcher or statistician.

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01189
  • Date posted 15 April 2019
  • Closing date 15 May 2019

Job description

Job summary

This project involves quantitative analysis of real NHS data and is an exciting opportunity for an individual who is looking to develop their career as a health services researcher or statistician.

Duties and responsibilities

The post holder will join a small project team studying variations in patient outcomes using large NHS databases, led by Prof Paul Aylin, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, and Dr Alex Bottle, Reader in Medical Statistics. The post is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Services and Delivery Research stream, project 17/99/72: “What happens between first symptoms and first acute exacerbation of COPD? Mapping and prediction study”. The project begins with an initial scoping of patient experiences of getting diagnosed with chronic lung disease, to include focus groups with patients, which will inform the main part of the project. This is a quantitative analysis of the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) to describe the diagnosis and management of the condition and to build risk prediction models for the first acute exacerbation. The results will inform the National COPD Audit and future updates of clinical guidelines but will also give clinicians and patients better information to improve the care and quality of life for people with this common, serious condition.

Essential requirements

The post requires a PhD (or equivalent) in Epidemiology, Statistics, Health Economics, Health Services Research or a related numerate subject. You will also have knowledge of medical research methods, basic statistical techniques such as logistic regression and competence in software such as SAS and R; experience with administrative health data or electronic health records would be an advantage.

Further information

This post is full-time and fixed-term until 30 June 2021 in the first instance and will be based at the Dr Foster Unit, near St Paul’s Cathedral, and Charing Cross Hospital Campus, Hammersmith.

Should you have any queries please contact: Alex Bottle - robert.bottle@imperial.ac.uk

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