Public Involvement and Engagement Officer - Institute of Applied Health Research

Location
United Kingdom
Salary
£30,942.00 - £42,792.00
Posted
Dec 18, 2020
Closes
Jan 17, 2021
Ref
156177
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Part Time
Position Details

Institute of Applied Health Research

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322, with potential progression once in post to £42,792.

Grade 7

Part Time FTC up to 2 years

Closing date 12 January 2021

Background

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West Midlands (ARC WM) is expanding it's Public and Involvement Team. This is an exciting opportunity for an effective Public Involvement and Engagement Officer to work with ARC WM's Public Involvement and Engagement Lead and the ARC WM Central Team to shape and deliver it's Public Involvement and Engagement Strategy and continue to develop a positive culture for public involvement and engagement throughout the ARC WM Community. Importantly, this role will help ensure that NIHR ARC WM's activities are relevant to the health and social care needs of West Midland's diverse communities.

ARC WM builds on experience of involving patients and the public in a range of research projects. The Public Involvement and Engagement Officer will ensure that ARC WM's ways of working with public contributors align to the NIHR Standards for Involvement and incorporate principles and features of Co-Production.

The Public Involvement and Engagement Officer will work with the ARC WM Public Involvement Community to develop and operationalise it's Strategy for involving and engaging with the public and people from our diverse communities. Embedded public involvement will help ensure the success of NIHR ARC WM.

Job Summary
  • Working with the ARC WM Public Involvement and Engagement Lead and the ARC WM Public Involvement Community to develop and implement the ARC WM Public Involvement and Engagement Strategy.
  • Providing leadership to members of the ARC WM Community (researchers and public contributors) on all matters relating to public involvement and engagement.
  • Developing new ways of working with public contributors, which help embed principles and features of co-production.
  • Building capacity, skills and expertise in Public Involvement and Engagement in the ARC WM Community and West Midlands region.
  • Capturing the impact of involvement and engagement activities.
  • Contributing to the evidence base of public involvement through evaluation and reporting of public involvement activities.
  • Working in partnership with regional and national Public Involvement Leads from NIHR Centres.
  • Working with University Engagement teams to support the growth of public involvement and engagement in health and social care research in our diverse communities.


Main Duties

The post-holder will be required to:
  • Be a first-point of contact for public contributors and researchers in the ARC WM Community in matters relating to Public Involvement and Engagement.
  • Work in partnership with the ARC WM Public Involvement Community and ARC WM's researchers, Central Team and Director to create a strong infrastructure, which promotes a positive culture of public involvement in all activities. These activities may take place at project, Theme and Central levels in ARC WM.
  • Manage and facilitate public involvement in NIHR ARC WM, maintaining the ARC WM Public Contributor database and providing support to public contributors in their roles.
  • Build strong relations with service users, third sector organisations and diverse, local communities. This will help ensure ARC WM's public contributors reflect the diverse communities in the West Midlands
  • Co-develop activities to enhance approaches to co-production with individuals and communities.
  • Identify barriers to public involvement and engagement and develop inclusive strategies to overcome these barriers.
  • Support capacity development through teaching, training and drop-in sessions to members of the ARC WM Community that want to enhance skills and knowledge in public involvement.
  • Gather feedback from researchers and ARC WM public contributors on public involvement activities to inform the future development of ways of working.
  • Contribute to outputs, including conference presentations, articles, such as blog pieces, project reports and funding applications.
  • Manage the ARC WM Public Involvement budget and expenditure database and ensure public contributors are reimbursed expenses and honoraria.
  • Inform regular reporting activities for ARC WM, such as Committee reports and reporting for NIHR and presenting updates at local, regional and national meetings.
  • Work in partnership with regional and national Public Involvement Leads to coordinate Public Involvement/Engagement projects and activities.
  • Represent ARC WM at regional and national level.
  • Ad-hoc support for any other projects/duties as directed by your Line Manager and the Managers/Director of ARC WM.


Person specification
  • First degree in relevant subject or equivalent experience.
  • Proven knowledge and experience of managing public involvement and engagement in health and social care research.
  • Good understanding of key issues in public involvement, diversity and inclusion and relevant national policies and strategic documents.
  • Proven interpersonal and communication skills with ability to work with a range of partners including researchers, NHS staff, local authorities, third sector organisations and service users and community groups.
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills to manage and deliver a range of initiatives and projects to tight deadlines.
  • Experience of designing and delivering public involvement and engagement events for a range of audiences.
  • Flexible approach to working, including problem-solving skills, ability to adapt to unforeseen demands and a desire to develop skills and knowledge.
  • Ability to write clearly for a range of outputs including: reports, funding applications, websites and social media platforms.
  • Excellent IT skills, including Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook), the internet and social media.
  • Awareness and ability to comply with data protection legislation for monitoring and evaluation purposes and ensure that all activity complies with these demands.
  • Ability to deal with matters of a confidential or sensitive nature.
  • Be able to work flexibly with occasional evenings and hold a full driving licence.
  • Ability to travel within the region and to national meetings outside ARC WM.


Informal enquires to Magdalena Skrybant, email: m.t.skrybant@bham.ac.uk

Further particulars can be found here:http://www.download.bham.ac.uk/vacancies/jd/MDSFPs.pdf

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