Job Vacancy ─ Researcher on CHPI’s new work programme

CHPI | January 7, 2021 | Featured, News

The Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) is seeking a researcher to play a major role in our new work programme.

Over the next 2 years the CHPI will produce robust, high impact research which is designed to hold government and corporate power to account during the COVID-19 pandemic and to improve the public’s understanding of complex health and social care policy issues.

The research programme will concentrate on the following areas:

  • The growing use of the private hospital sector to deliver NHS services
  • The creation of the new National Institute for Health Protection (the new body which is being created to replace Public Health England)
  • The financial impact of COVID-19 on the UK Care Home sector.

Our analysis will focus on issues of accountability, transparency and value for money.

For more details about the work of the Centre we would recommend reading around further on this website.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity which will involve working on high profile and controversial health and social care policy issues.

On a day-to-day basis the researcher will work with the Director of the CHPI in developing the research approach as well as carrying out tasks such as:

  • analysis of government policy documents and legislation;
  • analysis of corporate reports and accounts;
  • submitting and analysing freedom of information requests;
  • analysis of financial data and data produced by the NHS.

Because a key aim of the work is to impact the policy debate an important part of the role will include:

  • writing reports, blogs and briefing papers containing complex information in an easily accessible way
  • developing relationships with stakeholders including patients, campaign groups, healthcare professionals and MPs
  • undertaking media interviews and creating social media output

The role will also require carrying out some administrative tasks to assist with the overall administration of the Centre.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions the role will involve working remotely for the time being, although this may change in the future.

The role is a two-year fixed-term contract with a salary of £35k per annum. We will consider flexible working arrangements ─ such as part time working or job share arrangements ─ and would strongly encourage people from BAME backgrounds to apply.

Person specification

We would like to recruit someone with highly developed analytical and communication skills, and a proven track record in researching and analysing government policy or corporate strategies.

We are interested in people with backgrounds or experience in journalism, academia, law, regulation, public policy analysis, advocacy, finance and accountancy.

A highly-developed understanding of the NHS, social care and public health is desirable, as is an understanding of the role of private companies and private finance in the delivery of public services.

Most important is a willingness to learn new skills and a strong commitment to the principles of transparency and accountability in public services as well as to the founding principle of the NHS.

How to apply

Before applying you are strongly advised to look through the research reports and other material produced by the Centre.

Please send a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 and a CV to with the subject line “Researcher Recruitment”.

In the covering letter please set out any experience or training which you consider will allow you to support the delivery of the research programme set out above.

For a discussion about what the role involves please email David Rowland

The closing date for applications is 9 am on Monday 1st February 2021.

We intend to hold interviews on Tuesday 9th February, subject to availability.

Start dates

We are seeking to appoint someone to start work as soon as possible.

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