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Research Associate in Health Policy Evaluation (2 positions available)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: BMH-016576

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/05/2021

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum (according to relevant experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Biology, Medicine & Health

Division: Population Health, Health Services Research & Primary Care

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: 01 May 2021 until 31 December 2021

School / Directorate: School of Health Sciences

The University of Manchester invites applications for the post of Research Associate. The postholder will contribute to the quantitative analysis undertaken in two different projects:

A project on the national programme evaluation of the new models of care Vanguard programme in England funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme. This project aims to develop our previous quantitative work on whether integrated care models in England have improved health and social care outcomes. Our previous published quantitative analysis include:

Morciano, M., Checkland, K., Billings, J., Coleman, A., Stokes, J., Tallack, C. and Sutton, M., 2020. New integrated care models in England associated with small reduction in hospital admissions in longer-term: A difference-in-differences analysis. Health Policy, 124(8), pp.826-833.

Morciano, M., Checkland, K., Stokes, J.and Sutton, M., 2020. The Vanguard programme to integrate health and social care achieved some of its aims but took time to show an effect, NIHR Alert  

A project on Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in England funded by the Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Systems and Commissioning (PRUComm). PRUComm is funded by the NIHR Policy Research Programme. This project aims to gain detailed quantitative understanding of how GP practices come together to form networks and to perform an impact evaluation on whether PCNs delivered on expected outcomes and reduced between/within variation between constituent practices. Our initial descriptive quantitative analysis has been published in:

Morciano, M., Checkland, K., Hammond, J., Lau, Y.S. and Sutton, M., 2020. Variability in size and characteristics of primary care networks in England: observational study. British Journal of General Practice, 70(701), pp.e899-e905.

The post is available until 31st December 2021, in the first instance.

This position is based in the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care. You will be line-managed by Dr Marcello Morciano, Senior Lecturer in Health Policy and Economics, with additional supervision from Matt Sutton, Professor in Health Economics. You will collaborate with a large multi-disciplinary team and liaise with policymakers.

Candidates will need a Master degree (or equivalent) in a subject with substantial quantitative elements. They will also need to demonstrate detailed understanding of advanced quantitative techniques, and experience of applying these techniques. Experience of managing and analysing complex survey and/or administrative data and good critical thinking/ability to identify and synthesise methods and findings are also required. Postgraduate training in economics, understanding of micro-econometric techniques, and knowledge and experience of applying policy evaluation methods are desirable.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

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Name: Dr Marcello Morciano


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Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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