POST TITLE: Research Fellow in Medical Statistics
DEPARTMENT: Warwick Medical School
SUB-DEPARTMENT: Health Sciences Research Institute
POST RESPONSIBLE TO: Dr Tim Friede, Associate Professor
SALARY: £27,183 - £35,469 pa
REFERENCE NUMBER: 55116-079
CLOSING DATE: 11th August 2009
As a member of the expanding medical statistics group in Warwick Medical School (WMS),
you will strive:
To provide statistical support to health related research projects. This will involve
contributing to the planning, design, and organisation of innovative multi-disciplinary
To contribute to methodological research in medical statistics
To progress the development of medical statistics through scholarship, literature
synthesis, and research
Although this is primarily a research post, there will also be some opportunities for teaching
and assisting in the supervision of postgraduate students.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. To provide statistical support to the research work of health professionals in the
region covered by the Warwick hub under the RDS scheme.
2. To strengthen the Medical Statistics group in Warwick Medical School by developing
and pursuing a programme of relevant statistical methodology research.
3. To publish the results of research and scholarship in peer-reviewed journals.
4. To develop resources for undertaking statistical methodological research in the
region including training courses, guides and examples of such research and to link
5. To attend and present research papers at academic and professional conferences
and contribute to the external visibility and reputation of the Medical School.
1. To participate in research training of health professionals and postgraduate students
as necessary and appropriate.
Administration and Other Activities
1. To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may
be reasonably required by your line manager.
2. To attend West Midlands Research Design Service (WMRDS) and departmental
meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working
groups within the department, the faculty and the University.
3. To participate in relevant professional activities.
4. To engage in continuous professional development.
5. To undertake external commitments which reflect well and enhance the reputation of
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide
guidance on the main aspects of the job. You will be required to be flexible in your duties.
POST TITLE: Research Fellow in Medical Statistics
DEPARTMENT: Warwick Medical School, Health Sciences Research Institute
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications
required to undertake the role effectively.
REQUIREMENTS ESSENTIAL (E) or MEASURED BY:
The postholder must be able DESIRABLE (D) a) application form
to demonstrate: REQUIREMENTS b) Test/Exercise
PhD (or equivalent) in statistics or a MSc and E a)
working towards a PhD with equivalent
A proven interest in the application of statistics to E a), c)
Evidence of high quality statistics research output E a), c)
from experienced candidates or strong research
potential from less experienced candidates
A proven interest in the methodological research D a), c)
of the Medical Statistics group at Warwick
Good effective communication, presentation and E a), c)
Ability to work independently and as part of a E a), c)
team on research programmes
Ability to write research reports and papers in D a), c)
styles accessible to both academic and other
Ability to write research proposals for health D a), c)
Knowledge of the National Health Service D a), c)
structure locally and nationally and the Research
for Patient Benefit programme
In accordance with the national agenda in higher education to modernise pay and grading
structures, the University of Warwick has completed a significant programme of change that
has seen the introduction of a new pay spine and single job evaluation scheme. The work
commenced in September 2004 and was communicated and implemented across the
University in August 2006.
All salaries detailed within this recruitment document are post implementation and will be
subject to normal salary progression as defined by the relevant terms and conditions of
In conjunction with this, the University is now commencing discussions with trade unions to
harmonise terms and conditions. Further details on this phase of the project will be
West Midlands Research Design Service
The NIHR Research Design Service for the West Midlands in funded by the National
Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as part of a network of regional Research Design
Services in England. The RDS exists to provide help to NHS-based researchers and others
preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding competitions for
applied health or social care research, particularly the Research for Patient Benefit
The RDS can offer help with
– Formulating research questions
– ropriate research team
randomised controlled trials
– ve research including advice on:
– Mixed methods research
– Health economics
– Identifying suitable funding sources
– Regulatory issues
– Advice on ethics and research governance
– Identifying the resources required for a successful project
– Identifying research training opportunities
The West Midlands RDS is led from Birmingham University, with Professor Jayne Parry as
Director, but is run through three hubs at Birmingham, Keele and Warwick, each providing a
service to their part of the region. The Warwick hub supports research in Coventry,
Warwickshire, Hereford and Worcester. The Director of the Warwick hub is Professor Nigel
Stallard, Professor of Medical Statistics and Deputy Director of the Health Sciences
Research Institute at Warwick Medical School.
The University of Warwick
The University of Warwick is arguably the most successful of UK universities founded within
the past half-century, and has earned an outstanding reputation both for research and
teaching. Warwick is comfortably ranked within the top ten of all UK university newspaper
rankings including 6 in the most recent Sunday Times Good University Guide. It was also
ranked 7 in the RAE 2008.
Founded in 1965 Warwick has been a unique and uniquely successful British university
combining a “can-do” entrepreneurial spirit with a commitment to absolute academic
excellence. Professor Nigel Thrift, Warwick‟s 5 Vice-Chancellor, was appointed in 2006 to
transform the University from a leading university within the UK to become one of the
world‟s top 50 universities by 2015. A new university strategy has been launched as a result
of extensive consultation with staff, students and Warwick‟s many external stakeholders,
and is making good progress.
Warwick employs over 5,000 members of staff, of whom 2,400 are academic and research
staff spread across 28 academic departments and 30 research centres; 91% of the
academic staff are in departments with research ratings of 5 or 5*. Of the 24 departments
assessed under the subject review process, 22 were rated excellent (or scored 21 or more
out of 24) for teaching quality.
The University of Warwick has a total student population of 17,000 (full-time equivalent) of
whom approximately 11,000 are undergraduates and 7,000 are postgraduates. Nearly one-
quarter of Warwick‟s students are international, helping to create a vibrant and cosmopolitan
campus environment which is valued and celebrated by the University.
The University‟s campus, located on a 400-acre site spanning the south west boundary of
Coventry and the county of Warwick, has an open and pleasant outlook and was voted
“Best University Campus” in a national student poll published by the Times Higher Education
Supplement in 2006. The campus offers excellent sporting facilities, including a swimming
pool, a newly refurbished gym, a climbing wall, an all weather running track and acres of
football and rugby pitches. An indoor tennis centre has recently been opened. The
renowned Warwick Arts Centre is the largest outside London with the Mead Gallery showing
visiting collections of contemporary art, a concert hall, two theatres and a cinema.
The University of Warwick is ideally placed for easy access to London (just over one hour on
the train), close to the picturesque towns of Warwick, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa and
about 45 minutes from the centre of Birmingham. The University is in the heart of
Shakespeare‟s Warwickshire with historic Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare
Company and the Cotswolds all within easy reach.
The University of Warwick has a turnover approaching £350 million. The University
continues to invest heavily in its campus infrastructure and environment and its future capital
plan includes: a new student union building; a 500 bed student residency; new hotel
accommodation for visiting academics; a refurbishment of the Library; a further extension to
the Warwick Business School; and a state of the art Warwick Digital Laboratory, the
foundation stone for which was laid by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in May 2007. Capital
investment in the next year alone will total £35 million.
Further details about the University of Warwick can be found at http://www.warwick.ac.uk.
The Managerial and Administrative Structure of the University
The University‟s administrative and managerial structure is headed by the Vice-Chancellor,
supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar, the Deputy Registrar and the
Finance Director. However, as with all such structures, the informal lines of decision making
and the sharing of responsibility for planning and strategy flatten the hierarchy. Institutional
level decisions are initially made by a group comprising academics and administrators who
form the Senate Steering Committee which operates much along the lines of a weekly
cabinet for the University.
The Registrar, Mr Jon Baldwin, is responsible for the administration of the University and is
supported in this task by a team of Senior Officers, each of whom is responsible for a key
area and associated offices of University administration: the Academic Registrar, the
Estates Director, the Director of Personnel Services, the Director of Campus Affairs, the
Director of IT Services, the Director of Communication and Strategy, the Director of the
International Office, the Director of Research Support Services and the University Librarian.
A number of office heads and directors report in turn to these Senior Officers. To ensure
overall co-ordination between and across the University‟s administration, all administrative
posts within academic departments have a “dotted line” reporting to the University Registrar
as well as the Department in which they are based.
Warwick Medical School (WMS)
Dean WMS: Professor Yvonne Carter, OBE MBBS MD FRCGP FMedSci
Vice-Dean WMS: Professor Martin Underwood, MD FRCGP
The Medical School at Warwick was established in 2000 as part of an expansion in the
number of Medical School‟s nationally to deliver the additional capacity needed to support
the Government‟s plan to increase the number of UK trained medical graduate‟s joining the
In its first RAE submission WMS was ranked 10th for Health Services Research and 19th for
Other Hospital Clinical Subjects. This is an excellent result for a new medical school. Our
aim is to be rate in the top 5-10 in each unit of assessment in the forthcoming Research
The School is organised in three Institutes, the Institute of Clinical Education (ICE) which is
the base for all the School‟s educational programmes, the Clinical Sciences Research
Institute (CSRI), home for our biomedical and acute hospital-based research groups, and
Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI) which focuses on research in the community-
based clinical disciplines.
The School‟s principal clinical partners are University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
NHS Trust (UHCW), the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, South Warwickshire General
Hospitals NHS Trust, Coventry Teaching Primary Care Trust and the other Primary Care
Trusts within Warwickshire. Additional clinical placements are provided by Worcestershire
Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and by a
number of general practices throughout the West Midlands. At UHCW, a state of the art PFI
hospital provides an optimal environment to support both research and education at the
Trust. The Clinical Sciences Building and the Clinical Sciences Research Institute are based
on the UHCW site and provide a base for education and laboratory research for the Medical
The Medical School‟s research is focused around a number of multi-disciplinary and cross-
specialty teams; collaboration within and outside School and University is encouraged and
investigators are encouraged to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries in innovative
WMS works closely with many departments across the University for both our research and
education programmes; these include the Department of Biological Sciences, the School of
Health and Social Studies, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Statistics,
Warwick Business School, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Complexity Science, Centre for
Systems Biology, the Law School and the Department of Mathematics.
Institute of Clinical Education (ICE)
The Institute of Clinical Education has three core functions delivering undergraduate medical
education, postgraduate education including research degrees, and research on
clinical/health professional education. Professor Jill Thistlethwaite, the Director of the
Institute, leads a team comprising three directorates covering specific portfolios. These are
the Directorate for Masters-level Accredited Courses and continuing professional
development (Director: Dr Adrian Stokes); the Directorate for MBChB Graduate-entry course
(Director: Dr Jane Kidd), and the Directorate for Research Degrees (Director: Dr Frances
Griffiths). The Director of Quality Assurance, Dr Paul O‟Hare, has a remit across all areas of
the Institute. Professor Neil Johnson, as Associate Dean for teaching, has an overarching
role across this Institute.
WMS is very active in the provision of postgraduate and continuing professional
development programmes. The university has a long history of involvement in postgraduate
medical education and CPD for health professionals, particularly in the fields of diabetes
(Warwick Diabetes Care), community child health, health information science and sexual
health. Postgraduate provision has been consolidated, strengthened and expanded through
the formation of the medical school.
The school provides a number of entry routes into postgraduate study. Students can initially
register for our flexible master‟s programme in health sciences which allows students to
select their own combination of modules from the wide range on offer to build sufficient
credit for the award of a master‟s degree. We also offer masters programmes in diabetes,
public health, implant dentistry, child health, sexual and reproductive health, orthopaedics,
philosophy and ethics of mental health, palliative care, medical education, and health
services management. We offer short courses both accredited and non-accredited in areas
such as diabetes care, occupational health, and clinical systems improvement.
Collaborations with other departments include the Postgraduate Diploma in Regulatory
Occupational Health and Safety for HSE Inspectors.
The Institute is developing a number of strands of research in clinical education. Particular
areas of interest are clinical and communication skills education, values-based practice,
interprofessional education, patient involvement and service improvement, professionalism
and the professional development experiences of health professionals.
The undergraduate MB ChB course at Warwick is a four-year graduate entry programme
which requires entrants to already have a first degree in biological sciences or a similar
subject. The initial element of the course (Phase 1) lasts for 18 months and provides a
foundation in the clinical and social sciences with some elements of clinical experience. This
is followed by Phase 2 which is organised as a series of clinical placements in local NHS
organisations, including four local hospitals and 30 local practices, lasting for 36 months.
The annual intake to the MB ChB programme is 164 home students and 14 overseas
students and the vast majority of our students‟ progress to foundation training posts in local
West Midlands NHS Trusts following their graduation.
The MB ChB course is based in the purpose-designed medical teaching building. Dr Jane
Kidd is Reader in Communication Studies, and Director of Undergraduate Education,
working closely with Dr Philip McTernan, who co-ordinates Phase 1 teaching, and Dr Colin
MacDougall, the Phase 2 co-ordinator. Dr Vinod Patel is Reader in Clinical Skills: the
curriculum places emphasis on the horizontal integration of clinical skills teaching with
communication skills as well as the vertical integration of early learning and patient contact
with later Phase 2 teaching (it is for this reason that clinicians are involved in the Phase 1
teaching alongside their basic scientist colleagues). Ms Deborah Markham (FRCS), and Dr
Mandy Barnett are Associate Clinical Professors in Medical Education, and Dr Ann Jackson
is Associate Professor in Interprofessional Education. Professor Peter Abrahams as
Professor of Clinical Anatomy is developing integrated clinical anatomy teaching across
clinical specialities. Dr David Davies is Reader in E-Learning. The School is very active in
the International Virtual Medical School (IVIMeds) collaboration.
At Warwick Medical School particular emphasis is placed on developing professionalism in
medical education. Professor Bill Fulford and colleagues in Philosophy of Mental Health
have been developing the concepts of values-based practice, working to provide doctors
and medical students with a system of decision support which considers the values of
patients and colleagues and which works in a way complementary to evidence-based
Community education comprises learning in general practices across Coventry and
Warwickshire PCTs and beyond. An active network of practices, GP tutors, and practice
teachers is involved with undergraduate students throughout their course. There are 10 GP
Senior or Principal Clinical Fellows in Medical Education employed at WMS and three GP
Associate Clinical Professors. Interprofessional learning is an active partnership with
University of Coventry and Faculty Development is led by a learning and teaching specialist.
A recent collaboration sees Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) establishing on the
Warwick Medical School site under the leadership of Professor Marilyn Hammick.
The Health Sciences Research Institute
Director – Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown
The Health Sciences Research Institute comprises the disciplines of public health, primary
care, statistics, health economics and rehabilitation as well as the medical specialities of
general practice, psychiatry, emergency medicine and community child health. It includes
Warwick Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) which supports intervention trials throughout the medical
school. Warwick CTU will be relocating to a new building on the Gibbet Hill campus in
September 2009. The building has received funds from the Science City Initiative.
The Institute has strong links with the NHS through the local Primary Care Trusts, the West
Midlands Deanery and the Regional Public Health Office. It also has strong links with the
Clinical Sciences Research Institute and Institute of Clinical Education, with other Warwick
University Departments, particularly the School of Health and Social Studies, and with local
Universities including Leicester, Coventry and Birmingham.
The Institute‟s research programme covers new and emerging areas of health research and
key health priorities. At present there are three main research groups: - one of which covers
public health, epidemiology, psychiatry, child health, and e-health, particularly the role of the
internet in healthcare; the second primary care, primary secondary care interface and health
care systems; and the third clinical trials with a focus on emergency care, rehabilitation and
cancer. The three groups are closely integrated and members work collaboratively across all
three groups. Key research topics include:
Cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk factors and preventive programmes
including promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, prevention of
hypertension and screening for hypercholesterolemia and the emerging burden of
cardiovascular disease in developing countries.
Public mental health including the impact of life course determinants, social
inequalities and the built environment, aetiology and risk factors, links with physical
health and preventive interventions.
Emergency care, rehabilitation and prevention of injury and musculoskeletal
Management of chronic illness with a focus on decision making and patient
Cancer prevention and management.
Clinical Sciences Research Institute (CSRI)
The Clinical Sciences Research Institute (CSRI) of WMS is a centre for research into
strategic areas of human health. The work of the Institute ranges from molecular and
cellular biology to patient-orientated physiological approaches and is based around the
major research themes of Metabolic Health (including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular
medicine and endocrinology), Reproduction (reproductive biology and reproductive
medicine), Orthopaedics and Clinical Effectiveness. CSRI has 35 full-time academics, ~20
research fellows, ~15 postdoctoral fellows and ~45 postgraduate students working in new,
purpose-built laboratories equipped with the latest instrumentation. There are more than 60
externally-funded projects external currently underway at CSRI, with a total value exceeding
£8.7 million. WMS signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Medical Research
Council in 2007, the first new medical school to do so. This has already resulted in a
Strategic Chair appointment and a new Doctoral Training Centre with the Department of
CSRI is sited at the recently completed University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire
(UHCW), providing an interface for patient-orientated research. Translational Medicine is a
key element in our research approach and we have recently developed a major
collaboration with the University of Birmingham under the Science Cities initiative and
funded by the Regional Development Agency in the West Midlands.
Further information about research at CSRI is available at
Professors at Warwick Medical School
The current clinical professors at the University of Warwick are Yvonne Carter [General
Practice & Dean of WMS], Martin Underwood [Primary Care Research & Vice-Dean of
WMS], Neil Johnson [Medical Education & Associate Dean (Teaching)], Sudhesh Kumar
[Medicine, Diabetes and Metabolism & Associate Dean (External Affairs)], Steve Thornton
[Obstetrics & Associate Dean (Clinical Research)], Sarah Stewart-Brown [Public Health &
Director of the Health Sciences Research Institute], Jill Thistlethwaite [Clinical Education
and Research & Director of ICE], Francesco Cappuccio [Cardiovascular Medicine and
Epidemiology], Antonio Ceriello [Diabetes & Endocrinology] Matthew Cooke [Emergency
Medicine & Clinical Systems Improvement], Jeremy Dale [Primary Care], Bill Fulford
[Philosophy & Mental Health], Fang Gao-Smith [Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain], Damian
Griffin [Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery], Simon Murch [Paediatrics & Child Health], Chris
Poole [Oncology], Donald Singer [Clinical Pharmacology], Swaran Singh [Social and
Community Psychiatry] and Scott Weich [Psychiatry].
The non-clinical professors are John Davey [Cell Biology, Associate Dean (Biomedical
Research) & Director of CSRI], Peter Abrahams [Anatomy], Jane Barlow (Public Health in
the Early Years], Colin Blakemore, Janet Dunn [Cancer Clinical Trials], Martin Feelisch
[Experimental Medicine], Dimitris Grammatopoulos [Molecular Medicine], Geraldine
Hartshorne [Professorial Fellow], Sallie Lamb [Rehabilitation & Clinical Trials], David
Spanswick [Molecular Neurosciences], Peter Spurgeon [Health Services Management],
Justin St. John [Reproductive Biology], Nigel Stallard [Medical Statistics], Ala Szczepura
[Health Services Research], Paul Thornalley [Systems Biology], Margaret Thorogood
[Epidemiology], and Victor Zammit [Molecular Biochemistry].
We are currently recruiting to a Professor of Pathology, Professor of Obstetrics, Professor
of Surgery and Professor of Clinical Imaging (all Clinical Professorships).
Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy
(Developed in line with the CRB Disclosure information pack, part DIP011)
This Policy applies to all staff recruitment at the University of Warwick.
As an organisation using the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure service to assess applicants‟
suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies fully with the CRB Code of Practice
and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. It undertakes not to discriminate unfairly
against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.
The University of Warwick is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users of its
services, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age,
physical/mental disability or offending background.
Our written policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders is made available to all applicants at the outset of
the recruitment process.
We actively promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and
welcome applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records. We
select all candidates for interview based on their skills, qualifications and experience.
A Disclosure is only requested after a thorough risk assessment has indicated that one is both
proportionate and relevant to the position concerned. For those positions where a Disclosure is
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to see it as part of the recruitment process.
Unless the nature of the position allows the University of Warwick to ask questions about the
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and circumstances of offences. We also ensure that they have received appropriate guidance in the
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