NatCen Social Research is recruiting nurses/midwives/healthcare assistants for flexible working, community-based data collection on health-related studies in England Scotland and Wales. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants living in or around the following areas: London and Greater London (all areas); Maidstone; East & West Sussex; Chelmsford; Norwich; Cambridge; Sheffield; Liverpool; Coventry; Brighton; Doncaster; Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow; Cardiff; Newport; Swansea and the Scottish and Welsh border areas.
Social and health research has the power to improve lives. As one of our Survey Fieldworkers, you'll get to know this better than most. After all, when you're out in the community meeting new people and using your talents in a different way, you'll be helping to gather the research data that informs the social and health policies of the future.
You will work on a variety of research projects requiring biophysical data collection visits, usually, in people's homes. This biophysical data collection will include the following activities:
- Administering a computer-based interview with participants which may ask questions around health and illness, education, housing, income, family, leisure and exercise, diet and nutrition.
- Undertaking physical health measurements and tests for example: blood pressure; waist and hip circumference; height; weight and body fat percentage; grip strength; lung function; walking speed; balance and cognitive function tests.
- Collecting biological samples for example: blood, urine, saliva and hair samples.
- Recording information on prescribed medication taken by participants.
The Essential Skills and Requirements You'll Need
The essential skills and requirements for the role are:
- Good standards of verbal and written English which enables friendly and courteous communication to engage others in the studies we work on.
- Good organisational skills for managing workloads given
- Good IT skills
- The right to work in the UK and have availability to work for NatCen for a minimum of 20hrs a week which includes evenings and weekends.
- A full UK driving licence and use of a car which you are personally insured on.
- Willingness to drive within a wide geographical area around your home postcode.
- A home broadband internet Wi-Fi connection (password protected).
- Competent phlebotomy skills, with experience of taking venous blood samples in adults and young people aged 16yrs+, in the most recent or current work role.
- You must be able to provide evidence of your current immunity levels to Hepatitis B vaccination, and a vaccination history for Rubella, Measles and TB.
We particularly welcome applications from those who are skilled in paediatric venepuncture.
All of our Survey Nurses/Midwives/Healthcare Assistants must undergo an Enhanced DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service).
What We Offer
- Interesting flexible work assignments on a range of critically important studies the data for which helps to support key Government Health and Social policy decisions.
- Competitive pay rates with a minimum £14/hr for all work time during the first 6 months. Thereafter, fieldworkers move onto our performance-based fee structure with the opportunity of pay progression.
- Related travel expenses when working on assignments or when attending training.
- Holiday pay as a percentage of your monthly earnings.
- Paid initial and on-going training following completion of the first assignment of work completed as part of the NatCen Fieldworker panel.
- Provision of all materials and equipment required for completion of NatCen work.
- Support for those undergoing periodic NMC revalidation.
- Day-to-day Fieldworker support through the NatCen Biomedical Centre and team of specialist Field performance Managers.
About NatCen Social Research
We’re here because social research has the power to make life better.
As Britain’s leading centre for independent social research, we have over 50 years’ experience of listening to the public and making sure their voice is heard.
The research we do helps government and charities make the right decisions about the big issues and we’re passionate about ensuring its widest possible impact on the world around us.
Our reputation for delivering relevant and robust research is down to our policy sector specialists, survey methodologists, data analysts, expert quantitative and qualitative researchers and our quality data collection team of interviewers and nurses/midwives.
As a non-profit organisation we are never compromised by commercial or political agendas.
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