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Director - INVOLVE

Wessex Institute

Location:  Southampton Science Park, Chilworth
Salary:   Competitive
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 18 January 2016
Interview Date:   Friday 12 February 2016
Reference:  664115VB

Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) INVOLVE Coordinating Centre

Are you an exceptional leader?

Are you committed to public involvement, engagement and participation in health and care research?

Do you want to shape the future of public involvement, engagement and participation across the UK and influence thinking across the world?

We are looking for an exceptional individual with proven strategic leadership experience and proven commitment to public involvement, engagement and participation in health and care research for the role of Director of INVOLVE.  The Director will provide leadership based on a compelling vision, insights and an external view. You will lead the NIHR INVOLVE Coordinating Centre and hold ultimate accountability for the quality, cost and effectiveness of the provision under a £3.2 million four year contract with the Department of Health.

The NIHR INVOLVE Coordinating Centre is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to support public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. Over the last 20 years it has become internationally recognised as a lead organisation in public involvement in research. From February 2016 the Centre will be hosted in the Wessex Institute at the University of Southampton, an institution in the top one per cent of world universities and one of the UK’s top 15 research-intensive universities.

With proven leadership experience in complex, demanding and influential roles, you will lead a team of public involvement advisers and support staff, building alignment around public involvement in research with a wide and diverse range of influential NIHR and external stakeholders. You will be a national and international ambassador for the work of the NIHR, INVOLVE and its activities keeping INVOLVE centre-stage as the citizens’ voice in research on matters of health research policy and practice.

You will also use your experience of establishing and delivering through strategic partnerships, to shape the future organisation and development of INVOLVE alongside the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS).

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Matt Westmore, tel: 023 8059 5647.

Interviews will take place at the end of January and will be conducted over two days.

Application procedure

This post is available now.

You should submit your completed application form online at Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application. The vacancy will close at midnight on the closing date as shown above. 3 references will be required if you are successful at shortlisting, so please provide 3 referees on your application form.  If you need any assistance, Please contact Carol Read on +44 (0) 23 8059 3649 Please quote vacancy reference number 664115VB on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award demonstrating commitment to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace.  The Faculty recognises that applicants may seek flexible working patterns which will be considered as part of the recruitment process.  For further information including key benefits designed to help maintain and support employees' well-being and work-life balance, please see our working with us website pages

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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