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Professor of Rehabilitation (Clinical Academic pathway: older adults in acute care)

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Oxford Brookes University and Oxford University Hospitals is seeking to jointly appoint a clinical academic Professor of Rehabilitation, to provide leadership in the development of Allied Health Professional (AHP) research across both clinical and academic environments. The Professor of Rehabilitation post is jointly funded by the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The post-holder will be employed by Oxford Brookes University within the Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work and will have a link role reporting to the Head of Therapies at Oxford University Hospitals.

The Professor of Rehabilitation role is an exciting opportunity to lead the development of research in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or related fields, within this dynamic and exciting partnership. The successful candidate will work in partnership with the Departmental Research Lead, OxINMAHR Director, Research Centre directors, other relevant Professors and Readers and Heads of Department to formulate and implement research action plans which are compatible with and support the achievement of the Faculty’s research strategy and they will work closely with the Head of Therapies to lead the development of the research culture within the AHP workforce within Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

You will be required: 

  • to lead a successful independent programme of research in an area that complements and strengthens existing areas of research expertise.
  • to develop and write proposals to attract significant funding to support the programme of research as defined by the departmental research strategy and the OUH NHS FT AHP strategy.
  • to promote and disseminate the Department’s and the Trust’s interdisciplinary and collaborative research and knowledge transfer activities, both nationally and internationally, through publications in both academic and professional publications, conference attendance, media based activities and through engagement with appropriate OBU and OUH NHSFT research networks, cross institutional bodies, professional and industrial bodies and engagement with relevant learned societies.
  • to be a key member of the Departmental Management group to help deliver on its key objectives and to be a fundamental member of the Head of Therapies senior team and contribute to the wider Trust research leadership as determined by the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer.
  • to provide guidance, encouragement, and support on research matters for colleagues in their research area, including mentoring lecturers, senior lecturers, programme leaders and clinical colleagues especially in relation to research, postdoctoral student supervision, and career development.
  • to undertake lectures, seminars, and tutorials and to supervise student research from Undergraduate to Doctoral level.
  • to participate in the administrative processes of the Department, Faculty, University and Trust including committee membership, quality assurance procedures, recruitment and admissions as required.
  • to participate in Trust, University, Faculty, Research Area and Departmental meetings, and other committees and working groups as appropriate to their research and teaching roles.

You should have:

  • qualifications required for post: Relevant undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy, PhD, a relevant professional qualification, registration with the HCPC and DBS clearance.
  • significant experience as an independent researcher and in providing leadership for research activities in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy.
  • experience of disseminating research findings through high quality publications.
  • success in applying for major sources of external funding and in collaborating with a broad range of clinical-based health professional researchers.
  • experience of teaching in HE, clinical practice and in the supervision of research students.
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