Exciting and unique opportunity with the Institute of Health Visiting

Research Associate

Based in North East England

We are seeking an ambitious, enthusiastic fixed-term, part-time Research Associate with experience in perinatal mental health / public health research to support the evaluation of the Stockton Perinatal Support Service. The post holder will work as part of a team at the iHV to deliver this work.

The individual would need to be dynamic, proactive, flexible and have the ability to work independently. They will be required to contribute to all elements of the evaluation, this will include: helping to conduct literature reviews and evidence syntheses; develop study protocols and materials (e.g. interview topic guides and questionnaires); supporting applications for ethical approvals; conducting data collection and analysis; and contributing to research write up. Given the mixed-methods nature of the planned evaluation, this post would suit someone with strong and demonstrable qualitative and quantitative research skills.

Key Requirements

Applicants should have completed or nearly completed a PhD in Health Sciences/Psychology/Public Health/related discipline or related area and a Bachelor’s degree in health or social science.

The successful candidate must have experience of collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data. Excellent interpersonal skills, willingness and ability to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a team remotely and in person, in-depth knowledge of research design and methods relevant to applied health research, the potential to publish in high quality journals, and excellent oral and written communication skills are essential.

This role does not meet the eligibility requirements for a tier 2 certificate of sponsorship under UK Visas and Immigration legislation. Therefore, the iHV will not be able to sponsor individuals who require right to work in the UK to carry out this role.


We particularly welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates and candidates with disabilities because we would like to increase the diversity of the workforce within the Institute of Health Visiting to be more representative of the community.

Applications close: Closing date anticipated to be 9.00 am on Monday 8 November 2021, but application may close early due to the urgency in commencing this work. Candidates are recommended to apply as soon as possible.


The iHV is seeking to appoint a part-time Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Trainer to support delivery of the iHV award-winning UK-wide training programmes, either face-to-face or virtually (as currently being delivered), as well as supporting a wide range of evolving workstreams across the Mental Health portfolio.

The post holder will be an experienced trainer, including as a perinatal/infant mental health Champion, and with experience of delivering training to multi-professional groups. They will contribute to the evaluation of the delivery of the programmes. They will be home-based and the post will include pre-planned travel and overnight stays in other areas to support training.

A confident self-starter, they will be passionate about the contribution that health visiting can make to reducing the impact of perinatal mental illness and improving the public’s health.

The post holder will have well-established local PIMH networks and able to demonstrate engagement with national level activities in the field of PIMH.

This a part-time position – 0.4 or 8 days a month with possibility of additional days some weeks by arrangement.  This is 1-year fixed-term contract with probability of extension.

Applications close: Thursday 17 December 2020

Interviews: Monday 21 December 2020 (please keep this clear)