Monday, 7 December 2015

Research Fellow: EMPOWER Project, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow

Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Research Institute of Health and Wellbeing;  £33,574 to £37,768 per annum, Grade 7

"This is an exciting opportunity to make a leading contribution as Project Manager for the United Kingdom NIHR-HTA and Australian NHMRC funded study EMPOWER (Early Signs Monitoring to Prevent Relapse and PrOmote Wellbeing, Engagement and Recovery).

Our aim is to build an intervention (EMPOWER) that refines existing digital smartphone technology for the monitoring of early warning signs of relapse in people with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia; empower service users and carers to enhance wellbeing and self management of early warning signs; and empower mental staff to deliver innovative pathways to relapse prevention. The post holder will act as Project Manager for EMPOWER and work directly with the Chief Investigator, Professor Andrew Gumley.

The post-holder will also be required to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing gender equality in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. The Institute of Health and Wellbeing has achieved a Silver Award. Further information at

The Institute of Health & Wellbeing supports the principle of flexible working and undertakes that all requests will be considered seriously."


I have to admit to being disappointed and critical of the job description and person spec for this post.  On first reading it appeared to be a useful development but on further study there are many flaws, from my perspective as a psychiatric survivor, an experienced grassroots community development worker and someone who has spent many years (a lifetime) supporting family members in and out of the psychiatric system.  And others also.

The language bothers me, including: 
  • intervention
  • schizophrenia
  • early warning signs
  • relapse prevention
  • recovery
  • early signs monitoring
  • Chief Investigator

However the phrase "innovative pathways to relapse prevention" and the mention of Prof Andrew Gumley in a leadership role are hopeful signs.  

Good luck to the successful candidate.

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