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01-23-2006, 01:56 AM
Dear Colleague,

Please find below an advert for a Research Fellow in Rehabilitation Science, to be offered as part of the HealthQWest Research Consortium and to be located in the Bioengineering Unit of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. I would be grateful if you could bring this post to the attention of anyone who may wish to apply. At the end of this email are further particulars about the post and the person specification. The Application closing date is 17th February 2006. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Professor Philip Rowe

Research Fellow in Rehabilitation Science
HealthQWest Research Consortium
Up to 27,929

HealthQWest is a major new research consortium formed by six
Higher Education Institutions and the NHS in the West of Scotland
which aims to deliver high quality research which will enhance
therapeutic practice across Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health
Professions (NMAHPs).

We wish to appoint a research fellow to assist in the development of
the "Function for Living" research programme within HealthQWest.
This is a unique and exciting opportunity to develop major research
collaborations and to build your own portfolio of rehabilitation research
within the function for living research programme. You will be expected
to undertake research project management, publish in peer reviewed
journals, procure research funding and participate in the supervision of
research students.

You should possess a PhD in a relevant discipline such as
Bioengineering, Rehabilitation Science, the Allied Health Professions,
Nursing, Movement Science or a similar health related science or
engineering discipline. You should be a self motivated team worker
with good communication skills and be capable of managing your own
workload to deadlines. Relevant practical experience with health
related clinical research would be an advantage as would experience
with journal publication and PhD student supervision.

For an application pack (available on request in alternative
formats for applicants with a disability), visit Vacancies at our
website www.strath.ac.uk or contact the Personnel Office,
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XQ, tel: 0141 553 4133
(24 hour Voicemail Service) quoting Ref R3/06.

Applications closing date: 17 February 2006.
Some University posts will be subject to a pre employment
Disclosure Scotland Check.
The Place of Useful Learning

Professor Philip Rowe| Head of the HealthQWest "Function for living" research programme | Professor of Rehabilitation Science| Room 508b, Bioengineering Unit, University of Strathclyde, Wolfson Centre, 106 Rotten Row, Glasgow G4 ONW| Scotland UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 141 548 3032, Fax: +44 (0) 141 552 6098, Email: philip.rowe@strath.ac.uk

Form GR 5



1. Educational/ Professional Qualifications

Essential: A PhD in a discipline related to Rehabilitation Science
(such as Bioengineering, Rehabilitation Science, the Allied Health
Professions, Nursing, Movement Science or a similar health related
science or engineering discipline).

Desirable: The relevant professional accreditation where appropriate.

2. Previous Experience/Training

Essential: Experience of health or health service related research.
Experience in presenting research information in a coherent way.
Experience in disseminating research findings.

Desirable: Experience of working with clinicians.
Experience of interdisciplinary projects.

3. Job-Related Skills and Achievements

Essential: The ability to develop your own research ideas and to seek funding
for them.
The proven ability to manage a research project.

Desirable Publications recognised nationally and internationally.
Familiarity with contemporary issues in health & social care.
A developing track record of personal achievements in research.

(continued over)

4. Personal Qualities and Abilities

Essential: Good communication skills with the capacity to work in an
interdisciplinary environment.
The qualities of a team player and good citizen with a willingness
to work as part of an ambitious and dynamic team.
Flexibility and adaptability coupled with the ability to work to

Desirable: An innovative and dynamic personality.

5. Additional Factors (e.g. presentation skills, research activities)

Essential: A commitment to NMAHP research and to developing yourself as
a nationally recognised researcher.

Desirable: Experience of research student supervision.
Experience of journal publication.
Experience of grant funding and applying for funding.

6. Other Factors (e.g. driving licence, first-aid certificate)


Desirable: A Current driving licence.

Ref: R3/06

Principal: Professor Andrew Hamnett




This is a unique and exciting opportunity to assist Professor Philip Rowe lead the "Function for Living" research programme and to build your own research portfolio within that programme as part of a major new research collaboration. The HealthQWest Research Collaboration aims to build the infrastructure to deliver high quality research designed to enhance therapeutic practice across Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (NMAHP) and will comprise three integrated programmes of research in decision making, gerontology and function for living. The University of Strathclyde is seeking a post doctoral research fellow of high quality to assist the head of the programme, Professor Rowe, to lead and develop existing expertise within the University and within the consortium.

You will be expected to undertake research project management and implementation for a variety of projects within the programme. For these projects you will be expected to take a lead in writing up the research for high quality academic journals, disseminating research findings to clinicians and users, and in managing the project finances. In addition you will be expected to apply for funding as a principal investigator and to participate in the supervision of PhD students. Through these activities you will develop your own area of Rehabilitation Science research within the "Function for Living" research programme and which is of relevance to Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHPs). Finally you will be expected to assist the head of programme develop research within the programme of "Function for Living" across the consortium and to assist him fulfil the aims of the HealthQWest Consortium.

You should possess a PhD in a relevant discipline such as Bioengineering, Rehabilitation Science, the Allied Health Professions, Nursing, Movement Science or a similar health related science or engineering discipline. You should be a self motivated team worker with good communication skills and be capable of managing your own workload to deadlines. Relevant practical experience with health related clinical research would be an advantage as would experience with journal publication and PhD student supervision.
The specific duties of the post are to:
1. To assist the head of programme develop the "Function for Living" research programme at Strathclyde University and across the consortium.
2. To manage specific research projects within the research programme "Function for Living".
3. To support, through the head of programme, the development of the HealthQWest research consortium.
4. To provide leadership in a specific area of rehabilitation research of relevance to you and to NMAHPs and which sits within the programme of research called "Function for Living".
5. To develop a personal research profile within the programme of research called "Function for Living" and within the HealthQWest Consortium.
6. To attract external funding for research to support research activity.
7. To publish research in high quality, internationally recognised journals particularly those relevant to NMAHPs.
8. To disseminate research findings to clinicians, users, policy makers and the public.
9. To supervise, as appropriate, postgraduate research students (MRes, MPhil and PhD).
10. Communicate with researchers within the programme and the consortium.
11. To interact with practicing clinicians so as to develop research with relevance to NMAHPs


The University is situated in the heart of the City of Glasgow, between the medieval cathedral and the commercial centre. Transport, shops and entertainment are close at hand. Glasgow is the industrial and commercial capital of Scotland and the various groups that have contributed to its population over the centuries have given it a cosmopolitan look. It has a lively cultural life as home of the national orchestra, opera and ballet and several theatre companies and it possesses a number of fine art galleries; it is the headquarters of the national press and broadcasting media. Its numerous higher education establishments have made it a major educational centre.

The Scottish countryside and its splendid recreation and sporting facilities are easily reached from Glasgow.

In addition to the Staff Club on campus, the University owns an historic country house set in a fifty acre estate on the shores of Loch Lomond which is run as an educational and recreational centre for staff and their families.


The University of Strathclyde was formed from the Royal College of Science and Technology and the Scottish College of Commerce and received its Charter in 1964. Both these institutions had long traditions of involvement in higher education, in the case of the Royal College dating back to 1796.

The University merged with the former Jordanhill College on 1 April 1993 - staff and students of the former Jordanhill College becoming the University's fifth Faculty, the Faculty of Education.

The total number of students actively associated with the University is over 14,000. The full-time students are broadly distributed over disciplines as follows: Engineering including Architecture - 2,450; Science and Applied Sciences - 3,000; Arts and Social Sciences - 2,050; Business Management and Professional Studies - 3,050; Education - 3,100. A high proportion of students are aged 21 or over. The University has over 3,700 employees including some 1,600 academic and academic-related staff.

Further information on the University, including its Library and computing provision is available by visiting the University's web site on www.strath.ac.uk

The University of Strathclyde operates a strict, No-Smoking policy.



In June 2004 the West of Scotland Consortium received an award of 3.2M to establish a centre of excellence in Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (NMAHP) research. The funding body comprises a partnership between the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, the Scottish Executive Health Department and NHS Education Scotland who came together with the Universities in Scotland to support a unique initiative designed to develop capacity and capability within NMAHP research. The Consortium comprises six Higher Education Institutions, the Chief Scientist's Unit for NMAHP Research, and national and West of Scotland NHS partners.

The over-arching theme of the Consortium is 'Therapeutic Practice' and research will be undertaken within three integrated programmes; Decision Making, Function for Living (formally Human Function and Disability), and Gerontology In its broadest sense, the consortium defines Therapeutic Practice as evidence based NMAHP practice that enhances the health of an individual, family or community. More specifically;

"Therapeutic practice is the purposeful use of professional knowledge and practice skills with the intended outcome being a positive influence on an individual's health and well-being. It is intended to maximize a person's physical, emotional, cognitive, social and functional potential. Therapeutic practice embraces prevention, diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, enablement, maintenance and readjustment".

The three programmes of research reflect national health priorities in Scotland and relate to the target population in the West of Scotland. Each programme has a head of programme at professorial level and an agreed budget for support and will build critical mass by developing research skills from within the consortium, across partnership organisations and through the recruitment of established researchers with relevant expertise.

The leads for each programme will be located as follows:

* Decision Making at the University of Stirling : Prof Len Dalgleish
* Function for Living at the University of Strathclyde: Prof Philip Rowe
* Gerontology at Glasgow Caledonian University: Prof Mary Gilhooly

The vision of the consortium is to build a research infrastructure capable of delivering high quality, sustainable Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions research to enhance the evidence base for their practice. The infrastructure for the Consortium will operate on a 'hub and spokes' principle with the core management based at Glasgow Caledonian University where a full-time Director (Professor Tracey Howe) will lead and manage the new Consortium with support from a full-time administrator. A key role of the Director will be to develop a co-ordinated approach to communications to maximise unity and foster good relations within and outside the consortium, and to build on the significant network of stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally.

Information on the HealthQWest Research Consortium can be found at www.caledonian.ac.uk/hqwest.

(Formally Human Function and Disability Programme)

The primary aim of this programme is to research and develop rehabilitation services which enable users to be all they can be and to maximise their functional ability following a period of ill health or when living with an enduring or chronic condition.

In the later part of the 20th century health services became adept at saving peoples lives and discharging them from hospital as soon as they were medically stable to return to their community. In addition rehabilitation services traditionally tended to deal with the impairment caused by ill health and to expect that the user's function would recover spontaneously once the impairments have been addressed. However there is growing evidence to suggest that these factors have lead to fractured rehabilitation services and less than ideal outcome for users. As life expectancy has increased so too have problems of function and disability in the adult population. We are now facing an epidemic of functional disability in society.

To tackle this problem we need joined up 21st century rehabilitation services which cross the care boundaries between acute and primary care, social work and the health and leisure industries. These services need to be based on the best scientific evidence and to use the best technical capabilities available to us. They should be focused on returning the user to the highest level of independent functioning that they are capable of and returning them to work and/or independent living. This programme aims to research and develop such services.

We aim to investigate the factors that impact on normal human functioning and to develop and evaluate strategies capable of reducing disability and the effect it has on people's everyday lives. The research will combine an improved understanding of normal human function with strategies for reducing the effects of impairment, improving levels of activity and increasing participation. Although embedded in recent legislation and social policy and recognised as key aspects of health and social care delivery many of these issues lack an evidence base.

Not only do we need to research and optimise current practices we also need to develop new and innovative practices and techniques based on suitable science, engineering and technological knowledge and to research these services in practice so as to determine the most clinical and cost effective service delivery. We also need to evaluate these services using suitable forms of scientific measurement. The consortium is uniquely placed to contribute to this agenda containing as it does a broad range of NMAHP, medical, science, engineering, social science and health related academic disciplines and also NHS and Social care partners with a commitment to quality improvement who are providing these services to users.

For the programme human functioning refers to not only the physical aspects of human life but also the psychological, social and nutritional influences which effect healthy functioning and quality of life. Deterioration of function can in turn lead to disability characterised by activity limitation and participation restriction. The programmes philosophy is based on The World Health Organisation's International Classification of Impairment, Disability and Health (ICF). The ICF presents a more holistic definition of functioning and disability and represents a radical re-think of previous disease-oriented interpretations of disability. Within the framework, functioning and disability are perceived as a complex interaction between the health condition and contextual factors. Disability has been described as impairment of body function and structure, activity limitation and participation restriction.

* "Impairment" relates to the ways in which the structure and function of the body are affected.

* "Activity" relates to the nature and extent of functioning at the level of the person. Activities may be limited or restricted in nature, duration and quality.

* "Participation" relates to the nature and extent of a person's involvement in life situations. Participation may be restricted in nature, duration and quality.

In this framework the focus of intervention is no longer exclusively on the individual's 'impairment', but is also on factors that include; the impact of the condition on the individual's everyday experience, the environment, which includes communication, and, attitudinal and societal barriers to activity and participation. The framework implies we need to be able to assess the impairments caused by illness but also the activity limitations and participation restrictions caused by ill health if we are to understand health conditions and determine if rehabilitation services have been successful at returning the user to their full potential. We also need to research and develop rehabilitation services which not only treat the impairments but also support the user to function and enable them to participate in life. Hence the ICF indicates we must assess all three domains and treat all three domains.

The separate elements of this framework and how they interact provide us with enormous opportunities to conduct research capable of improving the organisation and delivery of care for individuals with disability and their families. The policy agenda supports the notion that health and social care professionals should support people with long-term medical conditions to limit the impact of their disabilities on everyday life. The chronic disease management agenda, with its emphasis on promoting autonomy and facilitating self-management, is one such policy strand. The user involvement agenda is another. The expert patients' initiative with its emphasis on developing patients' confidence and motivation is another. All these policy streams would underpin the work of this programme.

This research programme forms a basis for integration of research experience and methodological expertise and for exploiting opportunities within the Research Consortium. Importantly this enables research development to be based on existing strengths from within and across the three themes. The opportunities within this programme allow us to come together to develop evidence based care strategies that place the patient and their family unit at the heart of care delivery. Our varying perspectives and research strengths will be used to consider and develop interventions that put patients at the centre of their health management and allow them to be active participants in their own health care. We will employ our differing and complementary research skills to achieve this goal and the synergy thus created will provide further impetus for clinically based research. We will seek to ensure that our research programme remains grounded in national priorities with a clear relevance to policy. This programme will have close links with the departments of Bioengineering at University of Strathclyde and Medicine at University of Glasgow, both departments having obtained a 5 rating in the last RAE.


The Head of the Function for Living research programme, Professor Philip Rowe, has a substantive post as a Professor of Rehabilitation Science in the Bioengineering Unit, Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde. The successful applicant for the research fellow post will initially be offered a 5 year Research Fellowship in the Bioengineering Unit to assist Professor Rowe meet the aims and objectives of the HealthQWest research consortium and the Function for Living research programme.

The Bioengineering Unit is a centre of excellence at the interface between engineering, medicine, and the life and physical sciences. As such it is a key centre for the development of the multidisciplinary research projects and teams to address biomedical research challenges. The Bioengineering Unit is enjoying an upsurge in interest from outside users and is a leader in its field.

The development of methods to quantify clinical benefit is a central theme in our research. Four areas of research expertise exist where the Unit participates in, or leads, multidisciplinary teams. These areas are Rehabilitation Engineering; Cell & Tissue Engineering; Biomaterials and Medical Diagnostic Devices & Instrumentation

Information on the Bioengineering Unit can be found at http://www.strath.ac.uk/bioeng.


The appointment will be made in terms of the enclosed conditions of service, initially for a period of five years. The salary offered on appointment will be in the range 20,044-27,929 per annum on Grade 1A of the national salary structure for Research and Analogous Staff.


Any removal expenses, which are incurred on taking up this appointment, will be reimbursed to a maximum of 200 against receipts.


A full curriculum vitae and list of publications should be attached to the application form. The names and addresses of two referees should be given on the application form. The referees may be contacted by the University without further permission from the candidate. You should also provide a covering letter specifying why you believe yourself suitable for this post.

Applications should be lodged with the Personnel Office, University of Strathclyde, McCance Building, 16 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ by Friday 17 February 2006.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Philip Rowe Head of the HealthQWest Function for Living research programme (philip.rowe@strath.ac.uk) (0141 548 3032) or in his absence to Professor Sandy Nicol (a.c.nicol@strath.ac.uk) (0141 548 3028)

Applicants who wish an acknowledgement of their application should address and stamp the enclosed postcard.

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