Health Services Researcher - Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Author Helen Mthiyane
Posted 2019.06.06
Job Category 

Health Services Researcher (Ref: HIS1251)

Secondment/Fixed term two year post

£37,570 - £44,688 per annum (AfC Band 7)

Full-time 37.5 hours per week (0.5 SMC/0.5 Medicines)



Healthcare Improvement Scotland is an organisation with many parts and one purpose – better quality health and social care for everyone in Scotland.


We are currently seeking to appoint a Health Services Researcher who has practical experience of undertaking literature reviews and critical appraisal. This exciting new joint post has been created within the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) and the Medicines and Pharmacy Team, both parts of Healthcare Improvement Scotland.


The remit of SMC is to provide advice to NHS Boards and their Area Drug and Therapeutic Committees (ADTCs) across Scotland about the status of all newly licensed medicines, all new formulations of existing medicines and new indications of established products. SMC also has a horizon scanning function. As an SMC Health Services Researcher you will provide research and evaluation support to the SMC team. The post holder(s) will be required to support all key functions within SMC, with a focus on the new medicines assessment process. This will include leading clinical expert consultation, critical review of literature to validate end of life and orphan status and critical appraisal of clinical studies and indirect treatment comparisons.


The Medicines and Pharmacy team’s work programme includes a range of different work-streams to improve the safe, efficient, and effective use of medicines across Scotland working with key partners both internally and externally. The key area for this role will be supporting the 2 year funded programme of work for Maximising use of off-patent and off-label use of cancer medicines in NHSScotland. The post holder will be responsible for establishing robust and consistent methods and processes for developing and implementing advice on cancer medicines where no SIGN guideline exists and support work to strengthen the process and prioritisation criteria to request nationally led guidance. They will also support the project team to monitor and measure the impact on patient access to treatment and on the service by designing appropriate evaluation tools to understand effectiveness and impact of the new process in relation to project objectives, Healthcare Improvement Scotland strategy and Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate policy intentions.


The position requires experienced, clear thinking and methodical researchers with a broad range of research skills, and excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills. In addition to a numerate or biomedical discipline degree, the post holder will be expected to have a postgraduate degree in a relevant subject. Knowledge of clinical research methodology is desirable.


For further information please contact Pauline McGuire, Principal Pharmaceutical Analyst email: [email protected]   


Closing Date: Thursday 13 June 2019 at 12 Noon


For an application pack:


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We support healthcare providers in Scotland to deliver high quality, evidence-based, safe, effective and person-centred care; and to provide public assurance about the quality and safety of that care.


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