University of Stirling Job Vacancy – IMPACT facilitator

IMPACT facilitator

Part time (50% FTE),

Fixed term for 12 months

University of Stirling – Stirling Campus

Location: Baillieston Community Care, Glasgow

Grade7 £34,304-£40,927 p.a.

Closing date – Midnight – Sunday 15 May 2022
Interviews – Tuesday 24 May 2022

IMPACT (‘Improving Adult Care Together’) is a UK-wide centre for implementing evidence in adult social care, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, and the Health Foundation. IMPACT is an ‘implementation centre’, drawing on knowledge gained from different types of research, the lived experience of people using services and their carers, and the practice knowledge of social care staff.

Its aims are to enable practical improvements on the ground, and make a crucial contribution to longer-term cultural change, by:

  • Supporting more widespread use of evidence in adult social care, leading to better care practices, systems and outcomes for people who use services, their families and communities
  • Building capacity and skills in the adult social care workforce to work with evidence of different kinds to innovate, improve care and deliver better outcomes
  • Facilitating sustainable and productive relationships between the full range of adult social care stakeholders to co-create positive change/innovations and improve outcomes for people using adult social care and their families
  • Improving understanding of the factors which help and hinder the implementation of evidence in practice, and using this to overcome longstanding barriers to positive change

To demonstrate how evidence can be deployed in adult social care to improve services and people’s lives, IMPACT will appoint three IMPACT Facilitators, one each in England, Scotland and Wales, who will design, deliver and evaluate an evidence-informed improvement project based in a host organisation (a local service or social care system).  Drawing on evidence from research, lived experience and practice knowledge, Facilitators will design a local project, review evidence of what works, work with diverse stakeholders to implement the project in practice, share learning with others and evaluate the project of another Facilitator.

In 2022, we are seeking three Facilitators, each on a 50% basis for 12 months in the first instance.  Successful candidates can be employed by a lead University or explore scope for secondment from their current employer.  We hope that the 50% nature of these roles may encourage development of ‘hybrid’ roles (for example, researchers working to implement evidence in practice, and people from policy/practice backgrounds gaining experience of working with universities).  Given the focus on practical implementation in the realities of front-line practice, these roles will be ‘academic-related’ (in University terms), and would be relevant for an applied  researcher or someone working in a policy or practice setting with an interest in improvement through evidence-informed practice.

Scotland site – location and topic:

The recruiting organisation for this post is the University of Stirling. The IMPACT Facilitator post will be located in Baillieston Community Care, Parkhead, Glasgow. The post-holder will support the implementation of a new model developed by Scottish Care to increase the use of technology in care at home services.

Find out more about this job role and apply here.