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The purpose of the BASW in-practice visiting researcher position is to support a practitioner in their academic development and help prepare for future funding applications (e.g. a part-time or full-time PhD). We are delighted to invite applicants for the position of visiting researcher, October 2021 - October 2022, at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge.

The visiting researcher will have opportunities to be involved with the Living Assessments study, which explores the experiences and impact of health and social care assessments for children and families, with a particular focus on Section 17 assessments:

The project is being undertaken in conjunction with the British Association of Social Workers, the National Children's Bureau, the University of Kent and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children.

This honorary affiliation with Cambridge is unpaid but there is a stipend of £500 to offset costs.

Applicants are expected to be a registered social worker and have a strong interest in using research to positively influence the lives of children and families. Applicants need to have been a member of BASW continuously for the last 12 months. BASW employees are not eligible to apply.

The successful applicant will receive fortnightly virtual supervision over the year from Dr Robbie Duschinsky between October 2021 and June 2022. They will be affiliated with Dr Duschinsky's warm and collegiate research team, which includes various practitioners (including social workers, clinical psychologists, and GPs) as well as other researchers working on child and family mental health and the integration of social care with public health and primary care. The visiting researcher will be expected to undertake research and skills development activity, such as reading academic articles, between supervision sessions. They will subsequently be supported in applying for research funding.

The visiting researcher will have remote access to electronic journals and books, as well as to the University of Cambridge libraries. They will also be able to attend University lectures.

Previous experience of empirical research is not required, though might be an asset to an application. As well as a professional social work qualification, candidates will have excellent academic results at undergraduate and, if relevant, at masters level. The reason is that this will increase the visiting researcher's likelihood of success with future grant applications.

The successful applicant will need to make their own arrangements with their employer for time to hold the visiting researcher position, whether through study leave, annual leave or other arrangements.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Robbie Duschinsky (

To apply please e-mail Dr Robbie Duschinsky by the 7th June 2021. With your e-mail please attach: (i) A letter (no more than 500 words) outlining why you would be interested in further academic development, your central research interests, and your longer-term ambitions/plans; ii) Your CV, stating your contact details, qualifications and grades, employment and your citizenship. iii) Details of two professional referees, to be contacted if you are selected for interview.

Interviews will be held virtually on the 21st June 2021.

Please quote reference RH26305 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Key Information

Department of Public Health and Primary Care

Reference: RH26305

Dates and deadlines:

Wednesday, 14 April, 2021
Closing Date
Monday, 7 June, 2021