Research Fellow in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (0.5 full-time equivalent)

Opening Date:
12 Dec 2022
Closing Date:
2 Jan 2023
Salary Range:

Applications are invited for a skilled researcher to work as part of a research team, working on the Physio First Data for Impact (DfI) Project until the end of September 2023.

The DfI project is an ongoing, collaborative project between the University of Brighton (UoB) and Physio First (the organisation for chartered physiotherapists in private practice in the UK) which began in 2005. The overarching aim of the project is to gain fuller information about current practice, patient demographics and outcomes of care within physiotherapy private practices in the UK (please see here for further details: Physio First_Data for Impact Study — The University of Brighton).

The DfI project has a direct and significant effect within private practice. More than 1,100 Physio First members have registered to participate in the project, inputting standardised data via an online portal (managed by the team) within their clinics. Data is used to provide descriptive analyses to the stakeholders including reports on an individual level (i.e. to the practitioners), national reports, as well as a wider academic audience through research articles and conference presentations. Since 2016, data that is collected has been also used in the assessments for the Physio First Quality Assured Practitioner (QAP) and Quality Assured Clinic (QAC) schemes. The DfI team analyse the data against a set of quality criteria and provide results and feedback to practitioners and clinics.

You will play a central role in the project, carrying out data analyses, report writing, and supporting the team in the data collection and maintenance of the online portal. This will include supporting practitioners in the collection of data. You will also be expected to disseminate research findings in journal papers and at conferences. The position is fixed for ten months in the first instance with the possibility of extension depending on funding.

To be successful in this post you should have:

  • A good (1 or 2:1) degree in Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation Science or a health-related subject.
  • Sufficient, up to date breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes and evidence of commitment to engage in continuous professional development.
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area.
  • Competent IT skills and a good understanding of Excel formulas and databases.
  • Experience of working with large data sets.
  • Relevant experience of project work e.g., working as part of research team or undertaking a small study.
  • Experience in physiotherapy or a clinical setting is desirable.

For an informal discussion please contact Dr Shemane Murtagh by email